Waste and Recycling FAQ

Find answers on a range of frequently asked questions related to Waste and Recycling.

  • How do I report illegal dumping of rubbish, including household rubbish placed in public place bins?

    Illegal dumping is the deliberate or unauthorised disposal of any waste onto private or public land where no license or approval exists to accept such waste.

    It is a significant financial, environmental and social problem, it pollutes our roadsides, chokes our waterways and can threaten wildlife. It is also a lost opportunity to re-use dumped materials.

    Illegal dumping can vary significantly from a small bag of rubbish to large household goods such as whitegoods, mattresses and furniture or building (construction and demolition) materials, abandoned cars, car parts or hazardous waste such as asbestos, tyres or chemical drums in isolated areas.

    Illegal dumping includes dumping household rubbish in public place bins, such as those in town centres, public parks and reserves and roadside rest and picnic areas.

    These bins are for the public to use and are serviced using money from rate payers. When household rubbish is dumped into public place bins, they need to be serviced more frequently. Dumping household rubbish into public place bins also causes inconvenience for users of the public space.

    Illegal dumping can pose a direct threat to the environment and human health. Please report someone dumping rubbish or dumped rubbish, so we can investigate it.

    You can:

    • Call Council on 03 5755 0555
    • Call EPA Victoria on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) -  24hour hotline
    • Use EPA’s Report Litter App to report with your smartphone

    Please follow these safety instructions when you see illegal dumping or find rubbish:

    • Do not approach the individuals who are illegally dumping
    • Do not let the illegal dumpers know you are there
    • Do not touch the illegally dumped material for your own safety
  • What can I put in the recycle bin (yellow lid)?

    Your yellow lid bin is for the collection of material that can be recovered and remade into useful products.

    The following items can be put in this bin:

    • Paper and cardboard
    • Empty pizza boxes
    • Glass containers and bottles
    • Steel cans and empty aerosols
    • Aluminium cans, trays and foils
    • Plastic; containers, lids, biscuit inserts, cutlery and planting pots
    • Margarine, yoghurt and ice-cream containers
    • Milk, juice, soft drink and sauce bottles
    • Detergent bottles, shampoo bottles

    The following items cannot be put in this bin:

    • Plastic bags or any soft flexible plastics
    • E-Waste (electronic items)
    • Batteries, globes, printer cartridges
    • Hazardous chemical containers
    • Nappies
    • Food

    Important points to remember:

    • Everything should be loose, not in a plastic bag
    • All containers must be empty
    • No need to rinse, just scrape clean


  • What can I put in the waste bin (red lid)?

    Your red-lid garbage bin is for the disposal of garbage that cannot be recycled. What you put in this bin goes to the landfill.

    You put the following in the waste bin:

    • Hard plastics (not recyclable containers)
    • Nappies
    • Polystyrene foam
    • Broken crockery and glass
    • Plastic wrapping (or take it to your local supermarket)
    • Plastic bags (or take them to your local supermarket)
    • Waxed Cardboard
    • Broken toys (non electronic)
    • Rope and string
    • Hygiene products
    • Food waste (if you cannot compost it)

    The following items should not be put into your kerbside bin and can be taken to one of Council’s three Transfer Stations for disposal.

    What goes in the garbage bin? What does NOT go in the garbage bin?
    Hard plastics (not recyclable containers) Garden waste 
    Nappies Cooking oils and fats
    Polystyrene foam Liquid chemicals
    Broken crockery and glass Asbestos
    Plastic wrapping (or take it to your local supermarket) Electronic waste (e-waste)
    Plastic bags (or take them to your local supermarket) Mobile phones
    Waxed cardboard Flammables12
    Broken toys (non-electronic) Hot ash
    Rope and string Batteries
    Hygiene products Timber
    Food waste (if unable to compost) Concrete and bricks
      Metal items
      Furniture and mattresses

    Your yellow lid bin is for the collection of material that can be recovered and remade into useful products.

  • What can I take to the Transfer Station and Resource Recovery Facilities, and what does it cost?

    Prohibited materials: chemicals, hazardous waste and liquid waste.

    Cement sheet delivered to the Transfer Stations which cannot be identified as such is to be treated as asbestos.

    Loads must be covered and secured to prevent material falling from vehicles and littering our roadsides.

    Accepted materials

    Charges (inc. GST)

    Putrescible waste, hard waste


    (minimum charge $8.00)

    Cement sheets / plaster board


    Processed / treated timber


    LPG cylinders

    $6.00 each

    Car batteries


    Car bodies

    $26.00 each

    Mattresses - any size except cot

    $29.50 each

    Mattresses - cot

    $10.50 each



    Paint (cans 10 litres and over of any size containing paint)

    $5.00 per litre

    Two seater, sofa or large couch

    $30.50 each

    Single seater couch / armchair

    $21.50 each

    Asbestos (Porepunkah only). Restrictions & conditions apply. Bookings must be made prior to arrival.


    Minimum charge $5

    Recyclables: Aluminium and steel cans, plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles and jars, paper and cardboard


    Concrete and bricks


    Green garden waste / raw organic timber


    Engine oil


    Plastic and metal oil containers

    $0.80 each


    Car/small 4WD - $11.00 each

    Large (truck) - $16.00 each

    Extra large (tractor) - $95.00 each

    All white goods including items that need to be degassed such as fridges, freezers and air conditioners.

    $11.50 each

    Silage wrap


    E-waste  - general

    Free unless otherwise specified. Please see the e-waste page.

    Skis or snowboards

    $6.50 per board or pair (without bindings)









  • What do I pay for the kerbside waste and recycle service?

    2022/2023 Charges | Effective 1 July 2022 - 30 June 2023


    • Residents pay $101.49 in recycling charges for the fortnightly collection of 140-litre bins.
    • Residents pay $107.00 in recycling charges for the fortnightly collection of 240-litre bins.
    • Residents pay $113.07 in recycling charges for the fortnightly collection of 360-litre bins.


    • Residents pay $231.30 for the weekly collection of an 80-litre bin, or for the fortnightly collection of a 240-litre bin waste in specific rural areas.
    • Residents pay $512.24 for the weekly collection of a 240-litre bin.

    Commercial Opt-in

    • Commercial businesses pay $214.13 in recycling charges for the weekly collection of 240-litre bins.
    • Commercial businesses pay $226.27 in recycling charges for the weekly collection of 360-litre bins.

    Dinner Plain

    • Businesses pay $1613.12 in waste and recycling charges for collection from hutches.
    • Residents pay $709.80 in waste and recycling charges for collection from hutches. 

    Waste Management Charge

    Each property and business pays $95.00 for the cost to manage the waste and recycling service, and to operate landfills. This includes the cost to clean up the landfills in future.

  • What is not accepted at the Transfer Station and Resource Recovery Facilities?

    At the transfer stations, you can NOT dispose of:                                          

    • Chemicals
    • Hazardous waste (except for batteries, fluorescent tunes and CFL lamps and paint )
    • Liquid waste (except for engine and cooking oil and  paint at the Porepunkah and Mt Beauty sites)
    • Commercial Quantities (conditions apply)
    • Industrial and Commercial waste (conditions apply)
    • Asbestos (accepted at the Porepunkah site)

    For more information contact the Transfer Station Supervisor on 03 5755 0555.

  • Where can I get free mulch?

    You can collect free mulch (when available) from any of Council’s three Transfer Stations.

    Assistance with loading is at:

    • Porepunkah:
      • Between 12-1pm when open (2m3 maximum)
    • Myrtleford: 
      • Between 1 - 2pm when open (2m3 maximum)
    • Mount Beauty:
      • Free mulch loading assistance days will take place from time to time and the dates will be advertised on the website and on Facebook. Please call 0448 514 064 for more information.

    Due to safety requirements we will only load onto tray back utes and trailers. Other vehicles will be declined. We will not load during wet or poor weather conditions. When mulch is wet the weight substantially increases so only safe amounts (which may be less than 2m3) will be loaded to avoid exceeding customer trailer/vehicle weight capabilities.

    A Mulch Indemnity Form must also be signed and dated.

    If loading assistance is not required, mulch can be taken anytime during trading hours at any of the three sites.

  • Where can I learn more about how to reduce, reuse and recycle?

    The Halve Waste initiative encourages communities to manage their waste and recycling, with the goal of halving waste by 2020.

    The Halve Waste website has a wealth of information and tips on how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

    Set your area by selecting 'Alpine Shire Area' on the Halve Waste website for information relevant to you.

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