Recycling Collection

Recycling bins are collected weekly in Golden Plains Shire.

Recycling is collected from Monday to Friday each week. All recycled waste collected by the recycling service is taken to the Victoria Commingled Resource Recovery (VCRR) Transfer Station in South Geelong, and bulk hauled to VCRR Material Recovery Facility in Laverton.

Council provides residents with a 240L recycling bin with a yellow lid. Residents are responsible for keeping their bins in good condition and may have to pay for replacement bins where a bin has been lost, stolen or damaged.

New properties and tenants are required to purchase their bins through Council, at a cost. Click on the link below to organise a new residential collection.

Request for a new collection - residential

Request for a new collection - commercial 

Visit Council’s Kerbside Collection Dates page to check your bin day.

Check your bin day

Recycling Tips

  • All containers must be empty.
  • Scrape clean any food container, or give them a quick rinse to get rid of any excess residue. To save water rinse your recyclables in the dishwater after you’ve washed your dishes.  
  • No hazardous chemical containers
  • Keep recycling loose – do not bag materials

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    What Can Go In The Recycling Bin
    • Empty rigid plastic containers
    • Empty plastic bottles
    • Empty plastic takeaway containers
    • Empty glass bottles and jars
    • Loose and dry paper and cardboard
    • Empty aerosols, steel and aluminium packaging, foil and foil tray
    What Can’t Go In The Recycling Bin
    • Bagged material in any type of plastic bag
    • Long-life milk and other various liquids cartons
    • Soft plastics packaging
    • Polystyrene packaging
    • Large plastic items and plastic toys
    • Metal pots and pans
    • Disposable nappies
    • Clothing and footwear
    • Food scraps

    If you are unsure which bin a specific item goes, visit Council’s waste sorting guide here.

    Waste sorting guide

    More information on recycling:

    How to Ensure Your Bin Is Collect Correctly

    • Place your bin out the night before your scheduled collection day. While Council and its contractor endeavour to maintain a consistent collection time, no guarantee is given that collection times will not change on the day. If your bin is not out for collection when the truck arrives, the truck will not return to collect a bin placed after collection.
    • Place your bin with the handle facing towards your property, so the lid opens facing the road.
    • Make sure your bin is not over full and that the lid is closed.
    • No HARD WASTE should be placed in the garbage or recycling bin. Examples of hard waste include old tools, lawn mowers, refrigerators, timber, stoves, washing machines and other similar appliances, mattresses, electrical appliances, computers and TVs and old furniture.
    • Bins can be damaged if overloaded and will not be collected if they are too heavy. A good indication of if your bin is too heavy, is if you cannot easily move or wheel your bin out for collection. A sticker will be placed on the bin if it was too heavy for collection.
    • Do not put any weight such as bricks on top of bin lids.
    • Allow half a metre between bins and other objects – for example trees, lights and power poles and parked vehicles.
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    Supply of waste and recycling bins

    Residential properties will typically have two 240 litre bins, one for general waste and one for recyclables. Residents are responsible for keeping their bins in good condition and may have to pay for replacement bins where a bin has been lost, stolen or damaged.

    New properties and tenants are required to purchase their bins through Council, at a cost. Click on the link below to organise a new residential collection.

    A copy of the Occupancy Permit for any new dwelling must accompany the Application Form.

    If the property is not sewered and has a Septic Tank System installed, a Certificate to Use the Septic Tank System must be obtained prior to any Occupancy Permit being granted.

    Request for a new collection - residential

    Request for a new collection - commercial 

    How do I apply for an extra bin?

    If you are new resident or require a second garbage or recycling bin, there is a charge for the bin and also an additional rate for a second collection. 

    How do I apply for an extra bin - residential

    How do I apply for an extra bin - commercial 

    The 7 R's of Recycling
    1. Recycle

    Check out your fridge magnet or our Let’s Get It Sorted website to make sure you are recycling everything you possibly can.

    2. Refuse plastic shopping bags

    Take your own and if you forget one use a box – most supermarkets have plenty of them as their products come packed in them.

    Every year we throw away close to 100 billion plastic bags!  So if you’re looking for some solid reasons to make the switch to the reusable tote bags, offered at many grocery stores, here are a few that may change your mind.

    Five reasons to refuse plastic bags

    1. They are filling up the landfills

    No matter how many uses you find for plastic bags, they are eventually going to end up in the landfill, where they will remain for quite a while (roughly a thousand years), taking up space, because they aren’t biodegradable. 

    2. They are made from non-renewable resources

    Most plastic bags are made of polyurethane, a composite created from such non-renewable components as natural gas and crude oil.

    3. They are harmful to animals

    Once you throw plastic bags into the rubbish, you don’t have any control over where they go, and you can’t stop them from getting out into the environment where they can cause harm to whatever ecosystem they end up in. 

    Both land and marine animals suffer from starvation, strangulation, choking, and entanglement by plastic bags, whether because they blunder into them and become trapped or because they often eat them. 

    It is estimated that approximately 100,000 sea animals die each year from plastic bags and they are amongst the top five most common types of refuse found on beaches.  Do you have pets?  They could be in danger, as well.

    4. They can be harmful to people

    If you have children, you should be aware that plastic bags need to be kept away from your tots because they pose a hazard for choking and suffocation. 

    5. Who recycles?

    Although it’s true that plastic bags can be recycled, and many markets have bins for customers to recycle their used bags, the unfortunate truth of the situation is that only about 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.

    3. Reduce your rubbish

    You can do this by either avoiding generating it in the first place or finding other uses for what you were about to throw out. Here are some great tips:

    • Mound used coffee grounds in a ring around garden plants to keep ants and slugs away. 
    • Snagged pantyhose or tights may look unsightly on the legs, but nobody will care when they are being used in the home. For starters, they make great sleeves for posters, wallpaper rolls, wrapping paper and anything else that needs to stay rolled up.
    4. Reuse whatever you can
    • Use a soft drink bottle to water the roots of garden plants without standing there with a hose: poke small holes in the bottom of the jug and bury it, then fill with water for slow and steady irrigation.
    • Tired, broken-down, ‘fragrant’ running shoes is to  send them to Nike they are turned into a raw material called Nike Grind, which is used in everything from running tracks to shoe soles to zippers.
    5. Repair

    Change it up - think ‘repair’ before you think ‘rubbish’!

    Instead of throwing out your good shoes – take them to a boot maker and have them resoled and reheeled.

    Find out if you have a local men’s shed who are involved in fixing and repairing a whole range of things.

    6. Re-gift or sell

    When the kids grow out of their clothes or have out grown their toys, hand them on to friends and family or take them to the op shop. You could even make some money while helping the environment by selling unwanted items on or ebay.

    7. Recover

    Shred or chip your prunings and use them on on your garden – it will add much needed carbon to your soil and save water. Why not hire a shredder for the day – you could share the cost with a neighbour or two!

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