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Hard Waste, Electronic Waste and Other Waste Programs


From 1 July 2019, e-waste will no longer be accepted in any bin.  Council encourages everyone to understand the new rules introduced by the Victorian Government.


E-waste is 'electronic waste' and refers to any item with a plug, battery or cord that's no longer working or wanted - from old TVs, computers, air-conditioners, appliances such as hairdryers, vacuum cleaners and toys with batteries.


In Australia e-waste is growing three times faster than general waste.  E-waste contains valuable materials that can be reused and is an opportunity to support recycling jobs that otherwise wouldn’t exist.  Electronics are stripped for recyclable components, reducing the amount of material that enters landfill where toxic metals such as lead and mercury can remain in the environment.


To prepare the community E-waste can be disposed of free in June 2019.  There will be a cost for e-waste disposal after July 1, and items will need to be dropped of at the nearest transfer station collection bin. For more information visit our E-waste frequently asked questions.




To learn more visit ewaste.vic.gov.au


Hard Waste Voucher

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, for use at registered waste disposal facilities. 

If your voucher was not included with your annual rates notice please contact Council's Waste Department.  And property owners should pass on vouchers to their tenants.

Voucher items accepted

· 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

Voucher items NOT accepted

· Asbestos

· Green waste

· Gas bottles

· Building waste (eg., bricks, rubble)

· Household waste

· Commercial waste

· Liquids

· Hazardous items – chemical or medical

· Tyres

· Fencing material

If you have used your voucher and have more hard waste, you must pay the disposal costs.


Free of charge hard waste (recycled or deposited)

· Scrap metal

· White goods

· Car batteries

· Household batteries (Bairnsdale landfill only until 30 June 2019)

· Old paint

· LED Lightglobes (Bairnsdale landfill only until 30 June 2019)

· Vehicle parts

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


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

Council supports Mobile Muster, with permanent community collection boxes for old mobile phones at:

· 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



Mobile Muster is the official national recycling program of the mobile phone industry in Australia. The aim is to stop mobile phones going to landfill, and create more jobs in the recycling sector. The program collects and recycles mobile phone handsets, batteries and accessories from over 2,000 drop off points across Australia.








Having problems with disposing unwanted paints?

Customers are invited to dispose of unwanted paint and packaging responsibly and for free at the Bairnsdale landfill.

For more information about what can be disposed and how please visit Paintback or contact Bairnsdale Landfill on 5152 6535.


Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day creates a perfect opportunity for everyone to lend a hand to clean up their local environment. 

Annual registration's are available on the Clean Up Australia website or by phoning 1800 CUA DAY (1800 282 329).

Organisers of registered Clean Up Australia Day events can take waste to their closest landfill or transfer station at no cost, but must use the official Clean Up Australia Day bags and organise a time by pre-arrangement only. Council cannot collect the bags.


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 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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