Alternative waste disposal

There are many items we use in our daily lives which cannot go in the kerbside rubbish collection.  However, there are other means of recycling these items.  

Below is a list of what you can recycle and where you can go to dispose of these items.

What can I recycle?

Where can I go to recycle this?

Old mobile phones

The Mobile Muster phone recycling program is available within the Shire at:

Household batteries (e.g. A, AA, C, D & 9 volt)

Or for more information on battery disposal visit the Battery World website.

Non-household batteries

Printer cartridges (non-commercial)

CDs & DVDs

Empty agricultural drums (drums which contained surfactants, dairy chemicals, liquid fertilisers and other non-hazardous farm chemicals)

The Drum Muster recycling program is available within the Colac Otway Shire at:

Find out more about the Drum Muster program below.

Unwanted agricultural chemicals

Register your chemicals with ChemClear and receive information about collection dates in the Colac Otway Shire.

Unwanted household chemicals

Information regarding the Detox Your Home program is available at the Sustainability Victoria Website.

Find out more about the Detox Your Home program below, including other collection services.

Unwanted medicines

  • Local chemists

Fluorescent light bulbs

  • Western Waste Management

Asbestos

Contact the Colac Otway Shire Council and ask to speak with an Environmental Health Officer, or visit the Victorian asbestos information website.

Paint

  • Western Waste Management

Silage Wrap

  • Envorinex.com
  • Plasback.com.au
  • Western Waste Management

Scrap Metal

Locations

Western Waste Management  - 11-27 Marriner St Colac
Piera Metaland - 17-23 Darcy St Colac
Don McKay Farm Supplies - 152 Pound Rd Colac

Council is associated with the following programs to ensure the safe disposal of waste and recyclables from within and around your home:

Detox Your Home

The Detox Your Home program is a free service from Sustainability Victoria which enables the safe disposal of potentially dangerous household chemicals and other products. The collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill.

You can dispose of your chemicals at the following locations:

  • Detox Your Home mobile collection services this year will be held on: Saturday 21st October 2017 at 10am to 12pm

    Colac Regional Saleyards
    55 Colac-Ballarat Road  Colac East
  • Other permanent drop-off facilities

Click on the frequently asked questions about detoxing your home or visit Sustainability Victoria’s Detox You Home website for more information about the above collection services.

Drum Muster

A national recycling program designed to collect empty, non-returnable chemical containers used in agricultural and veterinary operations and place them in the recycling system. All containers accepted by Drum Muster are recycled and made into products the community uses everyday, including pipes for drainage, irrigation applications, outdoor furniture, wheelie bins and road signage.

Burning or burying un-cleaned chemical containers on farms is illegal and incurs substantial criminal penalties, including fines of up to $500,000.

Recycling your eligible farm chemical containers with Drum Muster is easy. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Triple or pressure rinse your containers immediately after use
  2. Pour the rinse water back into your spray tank

  3. Make sure all chemical residue is removed

  4. Remove lids to allow containers to dry (take lids separately to collections)

  5. Metal containers should be punctured from the top through to the bottom

  6. Deliver your eligible clean containers to your local Drum Muster collection centre:

  • Alvie Transfer Station, Lake Corangamite Rd, Alvie
  • Don McKay Farm Supplies, Pound Rd, Colac

Visit the Drum Muster website for more information, or call the Colac Otway Shire Council on (03) 5232 9400.

 

Safe disposal & recycling of gas bottles-cylinders

First, please do not throw your old gas bottles into your kerbside waste or recycling bins,. they can be disposed of

through Elgas by calling 1300 652 003 and they will direct you to the nearest Elgas branch or depot

 

Safe disposal of Mercury

Mercury can be disposed of at Corio Waste Management

Located at 41-49 Wills Crescent Moolap, Phone:(03) 5275 9500