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.
Safe disposal of E-waste
E-waste – or electronic waste – is growing three times faster than the rate of standard municipal waste. It contains many potentially hazardous and valuable materials, which don‘t belong in landfill.
To help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government is banning all e-waste from going to landfill as of 1 July 2019. That means, e-waste can’t go in any bin.
Recycle your e-waste (for free) at one of the following drop-off points in Colac Otway Shire:
Alvie Transfer Station
977 Corangamite Lake Road, Alvie
Apollo Bay Resource and Recovery Centre
10-18 Arthur Court, Apollo Bay
Birregurra Transfer Station
75 Scouller Street, Birregurra
What is E-waste?
E-waste-or electronic waste - is any item with a plug, battery or power cord.
- Washing machines
- Hair Dryers
For a comprehensive list of what items are classified as e-waste visit the Sustainability Victoria website at: https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/eWaste/What-is-ewaste
Why recycle e-waste?
E-waste contains hazardous materials, which can harm the environment and human health. E-waste is growing three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia, due to increased technology trends, reduced product lifespan and consumer demand for new products. Valuable materials contained in e-waste are lost when appliances, computers and other household electrical goods are sent to landfill.
For more information on recycling e-waste and how e-waste can be reused, visit the Sustainability Victoria website at: https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Campaigns/eWaste
Below is a list of what you can recycle and where you can go to dispose of these items.
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- get rid of household chemicals
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 location:
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.
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:
- Triple or pressure rinse your containers immediately after use
Pour the rinse water back into your spray tank
Make sure all chemical residue is removed
Remove lids to allow containers to dry (take lids separately to collections)
Metal containers should be punctured from the top through to the bottom
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 for safe disposal of gas bottles.
Butane gas canisters can also be taken to Elgas for safe disposal.
Safe disposal of Mercury
Mercury can be disposed of at Corio Waste Management
Located at 41-49 Wills Crescent Moolap, Phone:(03) 5275 9500
Safe disposal of waste engine oil at SuperCheap Auto
There are now 142 Supercheap Auto stores Australia wide that offer oil recycling to encourage their customers to dispose of oil in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
Used engine oil in sealed containers can be accepted at the Colac Store and will be collected by Trans Pacific for recycling.
Soft Plastic recycling
Please take your soft plastic to your local Coles or Woolworths Supermarkets for recycling through Redcycle.
Thank you for doing your bit for the environment.