environment & waste
Waste
environment & waste
Waste
Information on our waste education, bin collection, facilities and services.
COVID-19 restrictions are impacting these facilities, visit our COVID-19 page for more information.

We are committed to actively encouraging, promoting and supporting best practice waste management in our communities.

Read our Waste Facilities and Disposal Strategy.

This document will be reviewed in 2021.

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How to dispose of medical waste

Many of these items do not belong in your general waste bin as they are hazardous to those that collect and dispose of your waste to landfill.

Needles

Needles can be disposed of free at your local health centre or hospital. Bairnsdale Hospital has large, orange bins for needles for anyone to use. Orbost Regional Health also have sharps containers for public use.

Council offers a free exchange of sharps containers at Customer Service Centres for diabetic patients only.

Masks

Disposable or cloth masks go in the general waste bin. Cut the loops off before putting in the bin to prevent injury to wildlife.

If you or a family member have been diagnosed or have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), place the masks in a sealed plastic bag and place in the general waste bin.

Medicine

Any unwanted or expired medicines can be returned free to a pharmacy under the Returned Unwanted Medicines Project.

To find out how to dispose of other items, please see the A-Z Waste - Where to Next page.

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This page was last published on: 
Monday, March 1, 2021