Kerbside Rubbish Collection


Your garbage bin with the red lid is collected on the same day each week. You should place your bin on the kerb the night before your collection day to ensure it gets emptied. Check when your bin is to be collected or download the Goodsort app, so you don’t miss rubbish night.


Please contact the Colac Otway Shire if:

  • Your red landfill bin is missing or broken. Download an application form for a replacement bin or call to repair your bin.

  • Your red landfill bin is not collected by 4pm on collection day. You can use our Submit a Request form to report a missed collection or get in touch with us by phone.

What can I put in my garbage bin?

  • Household garbage
  • Nappies (wrapped)
  • Polystyrene and foam meat trays
  • Plastic packaging (soft plastics), food wrappers and cling wrap
  • Window glass, glassware, mirrors and Pyrex

What can’t I put in my kerbside bin?

See the A-Z waste guide for a list of what can and can’t go in your bins.  You can also find information on what goes in your garbage and what goes in your recycling.

Red - Landfill Waste

All general waste goes to a landfill, all material is bulked hauled which increases costs of disposal at the transfer stations.

Reduce landfill waste by placing all food scraps into your GREEN organics bin (FOGO) and placing recycling in your YELLOW or PURPLE glass only recycle bins.


Need a new bin or your waste collected?

Council can provide additional or replacement bins if necessary and your circumstances meet requirements. You can request a new bin or apply for waste collection from your property.

Be a good sort! Use the right bin, help reduce waste going to landfill.

Kerbside Collection Charges

The Council charges a kerbside waste and recycling collection fee which appears on your rates notice. Our charges are for the following bins:

  • 120 litre red lid garbage bin, collected weekly
  • 240 litre yellow lid recycle bin, collected fortnightly
  • 120 litre purple lidded glass bin, collected every four weeks
  • 240 litre green lid organics bin, collected fortnightly


Additional Waste Information and Website links

Circular Economy and Recycling Victoria: A New Economy

 A circular economy is a relatively new concept for the world. A circular economy continually seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption, while enabling economic growth through more productive use of natural resources.

It allows us to avoid waste with good design and effective recovery of materials that can be reused. The value people obtain from the resources used to create goods and services increases.

It transforms our linear economy mindset of take, use and throw away and fosters innovation and productivity that invigorates existing businesses and creates new ones, delivering more jobs, more growth and more social inclusion to the local, regional, state and global economies (Engage Victoria, 2022).

It is important for Council to work towards a more circular economy to reduce the environmental impacts of production and consumption and to enable economic growth through more productive use of natural resources. 

Responsible cafes

Australians love their coffee. Did you know that three billion takeaway cups and lids are wasted every year? Most are never recycled. As featured on the ABC's War on Waste, Responsible Cafes connects thoughtful cafes with conscious consumers through one simple idea. Cafes can reduce or eliminate disposable coffee cups by offering a discount to customers with reusable takeaway cups. To find out more please visit their website

War on Waste

The ABC’s three-part series War on Waste follows Craig Reucassel as he sets off on a mission to see if we, as a nation, can reduce our waste. He explores the impact that coffee cups and fast fashion have on our environment. To find out more please go to

Boomerang Bags

Boomerang Bags works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags. Community made using recycled materials; Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.

By getting involved, you are participating in a national movement that celebrates a local grassroots initiative, community building and sustainability. So let’s join Apollo Bay, Birregurra and Forrest communities and start making Boomerang Bags.

To find out more please check out their website

Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria empowers Victorians to live sustainable by taking action on climate change, using our precious resources wisely and helping create a sustainable future for us all.

You and your home

Sustainability starts at home with you and your family. The daily choices you make – both big and small – have a huge impact on the environment. To find out more please click website link below: