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.  

Council is associated with the following programs to ensure the safe disposal of waste and recyclables from within and around your home: Buy Recycled, Zero Waste Map, Mobile Muster, Drum Muster, E-Waste Disposal, and Detox Your Home.

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


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


  • Western Waste Management

Scrap Metal

 Soft Plastics

Due to Redcycle/ Supermarkets currently not processing soft plastics, please place all soft plastics in the red garbage bin, until this service is back in operation.


X-ray films contain silver in the form of halides, which can be extracted and converted into pure silver.

  • CMA Ecocycle Australia

1300 32 62 92


Western Waste Management  - 11-27 Marriner St Colac

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

Opening hours

7 days a week from 10am to 2pm

Birregurra Transfer Station

75 Scouller Street, Birregurra

Opening hours

Sunday 10am-4pm

First Friday of every month 10am-4pm 

Apollo Bay Resource and Recovery Centre

10-18 Arthur Court, Apollo Bay

Opening Hours

7 days a week from 10am to 2pm

** All waste transfer stations are closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

What is E-waste?

E-waste-or electronic waste - is any item with a plug, battery or power cord.

Large items:

  • Refrigerators
  • Washing machines
  • Microwaves

Small appliances:

  • Irons
  • Toasters
  • Hair Dryers

For a comprehensive list of what items are classified as e-waste visit the Sustainability Victoria website at:

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:


Detox Your Home- Safe disposal 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, all collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill. 

For more information please click on the frequently asked questions about detoxing your home or visit Sustainability Victoria’s Detox Your Home website for more information about the services.

Sustainability Victoria next Detox your home event will be held on Saturday 4th March 2023 at the Warrnambool Livestock Exchange located at 81-91 Caramut Road, Warrnambool.


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

    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.

Western Waste Management also accept waste oil, engine and cooking oils.


Soft Plastic recycling

Soft plastic can not be placed in the yellow recycle bin.
Due to Redcycle no longer processing soft plastics for Coles and Woolworths, all soft plastics to be placed in the red landfill bin.


Silage Wrap

Contact Diary Australia about the Silage Wrap trial they are currently conducting in the South West regions.


Lightweight Plastic Bag Ban

Lightweight plastic shopping bags will no longer be available in Victoria as part of the state-wide ban coming into effect from 1 November 2019.

What is banned?

The ban applies to lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable bags.

The ban applies to all retailers, including supermarkets, food outlets, clothing stores, markets, cafes, bakeries, greengrocers and many more.

Want to find out more?

To learn more about the Better Bag Habits campaign visit

Business and industry information is also available at


Buy Recycled and Zero Waste Map

The Zero Waste Map is one of the projects funded by the Local Government Program. It’s designed to make it easy for the community to find goods and services that help them reduce waste to landfill and improve recycling. You can access the map here.


Colac Otway's Repair Cafe

Have you got an item that need repairing, then pop into the Repair Cafe.

Open the first Sunday of each Month, 10am to 1pm

Located at 55 Hesse Street Colac.

Repair cafes are a world-wide movement with the aim of keeping repairable items out of landfill.