Green waste is a valuable source of nutrients for your soil and garden. We encourage you to compost or mulch your green waste and use it in your garden where possible. For more information, see our Sustainable Gardening page.
You can dispose of excess green waste at our Waste Facilities at a lower cost than rubbish to landfill. Green waste breaks down in landfills to produce methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, adding to human induced climate change. Our green waste is mulched and reused, with excess sent for composting at the Dutson Soil and Organic Recycling Facility.
A number of private waste and gardening companies in our shire offer a green waste pick up service. Please check your local business directory.
To assist the community with your fire preparation efforts Wellington Shire Council will hold a free green waste disposal weekend at our Waste Facilities in Kilmany, Maffra, Rosedale, Loch Sport, Seaspray, Heyfield, Stratford or Yarram. Green Waste Weekend will be offered on Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 November 2017 between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
We conduct an annual Hard Waste Collection from residences in declared garbage collection areas which have a kerbside Bin Collection.
Hard waste is collected from October - December each year, check back soon for township collection dates.
Check the list below of items which are acceptable and unacceptable for hard waste collection and prepare your items accordingly. Consider which items are too good for landfill. See our Reduce Reuse Recycle page for more information on how to sell, swap or donate useable goods.
We ask for your cooperation to ensure:
- Hard waste is not placed on nature strips more than 7 days prior to your collection dates
- Hard waste products are placed on your nature strip only
- The limit for hard waste materials is 1.5m3 per household
- No hard waste is placed over a fire plug or water valve or near a power pole
- Hard waste must be able to be lifted / handled safely by two (2) persons in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety standards
- Steel and scrap metal are piled separately to all other waste items
- Unacceptable or rejected items left behind by collectors are removed from your nature strip within 48 hours of notification
Items Acceptable for Collection
- Refrigerators and freezers (please ensure items are degassed and door locks are removed)
- Stoves (please make sure door locks are removed)
- Washing machines and dryers
- Household furniture, such as chairs, tables and sofas
- Floor coverings, such as carpets, linoleum and rugs
- China, pottery and ceramics
- Empty oil tanks (Household)
- Empty drums
- Up to 12 pieces of timber not exceeding 1.5 metres (5ft) in length or 64 kilograms in weight
- Steel and scrap metal
- Baths, basins and shower bases
- Up to 4 passenger car tyres (tyres must not be on rims)
- Car batteries
Items Unacceptable for Collection
- Mattresses and bases
- Household rubbish
- Recyclable materials, such as newspapers, cardboard and plastic containers
- Televisions and computers*
- Engine blocks
- Gas bottles
- Tins of paint
- Building waste (including excavation waste)
- Sewage and sewerage pipes
- Building materials, such as concrete, bricks, plaster, windows or demolition waste
- Fencing wire
- Toxic and hazardous materials
- Industrial waste
- Liquid waste including containers filled with liquids
- Green garden waste, such as tree pruning, flower cuttings, rocks, soil or grass clippings
- Trade waste
- Waste as prescribed under the Environment Protection (Prescribed Waste) Regulations 1998
*E-waste can be recycled all year free of charge at Kilmany Resource Recovery Centre or for a small handling fee at other Transfer Stations.
Hard Waste Size Limit
The limit for hard waste materials is 1.5m3 per household. As a guide, a standard 6x4 trailer holds approx 1m3. Our contractors will reject items which exceed the 1.5m3 limit.
Rejected Hard Waste
Unacceptable items will not be collected; the items will be taped and a notice will be left which explains to the householder or property owner why the items have been rejected. The notice will request that rejected items are removed from your nature strip within a 48 hour period. Items not removed from nature strips within the designated period may incur penalties.
Preparing for Hard Waste Collection
Visit our Recycling page prior to preparing your hard waste items, there are lots of hints and tips to help you recycle rather than send to landfill where possible.