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Hard Waste, Electronic Waste and Other Waste Programs

Drum Muster


Drum Muster is the national program for the collection and recycling of empty, cleaned, non-returnable crop production and on-farm animal health chemical containers. The aim is to take non-returnable chemical containers out of the waste stream and move them into the recycling stream.


Drums can be disposed of at Council waste facilities in Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Orbost, Lindenow and Omeo. Clean containers (less than 20) are accepted at all times; over 20 drums requires notification and advance booking.  


Visit the Drum Muster website for more information.


Mobile Muster


Mobile Muster is the official national recycling program of the mobile phone industry in Australia. Initiated by the telecommunication's industry, its aim is to prevent mobile phones ending up in landfill. The program collects and recycles mobile phone handsets, batteries and accessories from a network of over 2000 mobile phone retailers, local councils, government agencies and businesses drop off points across Australia.


Council supports the Mobile Muster program by having permanent collection boxes available for the community to dispose of their old mobile phones in at the following locations:

  • Corporate Centre, 273 Main Street, Bairnsdale
  • Bairnsdale Customer Service Centre , 24 Service Street, Bairnsdale
  • Lakes Entrance Service Centre, Mechanics Street, Lakes Entrance
  • Orbost Service Centre, 1 Ruskin Street, Orbost
  • Mallacoota Service Centre, 70 Maurice Avenue, Mallacoota

Hard Waste


Households in East Gippsland receive one hard waste voucher with their rates notice annually. Vouchers are valid for 1 cubic metre of hard waste per voucher and are for use at registered waste disposal facilities. Vouchers are issued with your rates notice.  If your voucher was not included please contact Council's Waste Department.


Property owners who have tenanted properties should pass the vouchers on to their tenants to encourage correct disposal of hard waste.

If you have used your voucher and have more hard waste, you must pay for its disposal.


Hard waste items accepted with your hard waste voucher

  • Household appliances
  • Lawnmowers–no fuel or oil
  • Empty paint tins–lid removed
  • Furniture
  • Carpet and linoleum
  • Kitchenware
  • Mattress - single only
  • Hot water systems
  • Home improvement items eg cupboards, sinks, fittings
  • Glass and mirrors–wrapped

Hard waste items NOT accepted with your hard waste voucher

  • Asbestos
  • Green waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Building waste (for example, bricks and rubble)
  • Household waste
  • Commercial waste
  • Liquids
  • Hazardous items–chemical or medical
  • Tyres
  • Fencing material
  • Recyclables

Items that can be Recycled and Deposited free of charge

  • Scrap metal
  • White goods
  • Car batteries
  • Household batteries (Bairnsdale Landfill only)
  • Old paint
  • LED Lightglobes (Bairnsdale Landfill only)
  • Vehicle parts


Please check that your local landfill and/or transfer station accepts the waste you plan to recycle or dispose of before making your trip to the site. 




E-waste, or electronic waste, includes televisions, computers and their accessories.  It contains many toxic materials, many of which can be recycled.  All waste facilities will accept televisions, computers and accessories for recycling. The Bairnsdale Landfill is the nominated free disposal point for televisions and computers under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme supplied by Tech Collect.


Clean Up Australia Day


Clean Up Australia Day creates a perfect opportunity for everyone to lend a hand to clean up their local environment and also to kick start simple but effective initiatives in their homes. Annual registration's are available at Clean Up or by phoning 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329).


Council supports groups that register for Clean Up Australia Day events each year by:

  • Distributing Clean Up kits to site and/or acting as a pick-up point
  • Arranging for free disposal of CUAD waste at Council waste facilities - though groups must arrange collection and drop off to the sites themselves.

Keep Victoria Beautiful


Council is a member of Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB), therefore entries from individuals, groups and organisations in East Gippsland in the following Awards are free every year:

  • The Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards recognise and celebrate positive actions being taken by individuals, groups and organisations that are making a valuable contribution to make their communities more sustainable. 

  • The Clean Beaches Awards recognise and celebrate positive actions being taken by individuals, groups and organizations that are making a valuable contribution in planning for, protecting and enhancing their beach environment. 

Registrations for The Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns and Clean Beaches Awards are open during February/March each year.


Adopt a Roadside


Keep Victoria Beautiful's Adopt a Roadside program aims to reduce litter on Victoria’s roadsides to stop pollutants from entering local waterways, improve the quality of vegetation, and prevent soil degradation and erosion.


For more information on The Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns Awards, The Clean Beaches Awards or Adopt a Roadside, visit the Keep Victoria Beautiful website.


Disposal of petrol

Please note we do not accept petrol at any of our sites.


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