Waste Disposal guide

Overview

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Download the fees and charges for the Resource Recovery Centres(PDF, 137KB) and the Hoppers(PDF, 177KB).

For full details including opening hours, please refer to:

To take advantage of the free recycling services listed below. It is important that you sort your load so recyclables are clearly separated from other waste.

Free disposal of Household Recyclables, electronic waste (E-Waste), TVs and Computers, Steel Goods, some white goods (excluding fridges), hot water services, Bikes, Gas cylinders (up to 9kg), Paint (up to 100L), Motor oil (up to 20L), Fluorescent tubes/light globes – domestic quantities and batteries (car, household, mobile phone).

Download: Reducing, Re-using and Re-cycling our waste(PDF, 806KB)

Aerosol Cans

Empty aerosol cans recycled through the household recycling bin (blue lid).

Full aerosol cans can be disposed at mobile Detox Your Home events.  The Peninsula event occurs once a year, normally in November. Check the Detox Your Home website for the next event.  

Appliances

All items with a battery, plug or cord is electronic waste (e-waste). All e-waste can be taken to the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres. Fees apply for some appliances (e.g. fridges, freezers, air conditioners, recliner chairs etc.)    

Appliances that are operational can be taken to some Op shops or the Mornington Recycled Goods Store. Some items may not be accepted due to excess stock.

Audio/video tapes and reels

There are currently no recycling facilities on the Peninsula for audio/video tapes and reels. The plastic case can be separated and placed into the household recycling bin, the inner tape or reel can be disposed in the household rubbish bin.

Asbestos 

Asbestos of Domestic Origin Only can only be accepted at the Rye Resource Recovery Centre in 1/2 cubic metre per visit. Fees apply – see fees and charges.

Rye
 Resource Recovery Centre
280 Truemans Road, Rye.
Melway Reference: 169 D10.
Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 8.00am to 5.00pm

Asbestos MUST be double wrapped in 200 micron heavy duty builders plastic (in parcels that are able to be handled by one person) and completely sealed with duct tape in order that the package is air tight. MUST be labelled 'Asbestos Do Not Open'.

Asbestos disposal guidelines have been put in place by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in accordance with the EPA to help ensure the safety of the general public and all employees for the removal and disposal of a dangerous material.

  1. All material suspected to be asbestos must be treated as asbestos until proven otherwise through tests performed by qualified independent authorised authorities.
  2. All asbestos must be declared at gatehouse on arrival.
  3. Any undeclared asbestos will be sent off site immediately. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.
  4. Asbestos MUST be double wrapped in 200 micron heavy duty builders' plastic and taped to seal completely.
  5. No more that 0.5 cubic metres will be accepted at any one time in compliance with EPA Licence requirements.
  6. Asbestos found not to be completely wrapped will be sent off site immediately.
  7. Asbestos must be wrapped in quantities small, compact and light enough to be removed from trailer by hand by one person to reduce any risk of cuts or tears in the plastic.
  8. Asbestos will not be accepted at the Waste Disposal Centres (transfer stations) at Mornington or Tyabb. (Accepted at Rye ONLY)
  9. Only asbestos from a domestic source will be accepted.
  10. Truck loads of asbestos (minimum size 3 tonne truck admitted) may also be taken to Devil Bend Landfill, 240 Balnarring Road.  Phone: 5989 7333.

PLEASE NOTE: Personal protection equipment must be worn when handling asbestos 

Batteries

Free disposal of batteries. Car, household, mobile phone domestic quantities only. Dispose at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recovery Centres.

Batteries can also be taken to select stores, find your local store at Recycling Near You.

BBQs

BBQs can be taken to the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres at No Charge.  

Gas bottles must be removed and can be separately disposed at the Detox You Home areas at the Resource Recovery Centres- left entry before the gatehouse at Mornington and after the gatehouse at Tyabb or Rye.

You can also book a hard/green waste collection by calling 5950 1406

Bicycles / bikes

Free disposal of bikes/bicycles at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recovery Centres.

Rideable bikes can also be dropped off at the Mornington Recycled Goods Store

Biodegradable/Compostable Cups, Crockery and Cutlery

Biodegradable products such as cups and cutlery are generally made from natural resources.  These items CANNOT be recycled nor can they be placed in the green waste bin.

Industrially compostable products (Australian Standard 4736) will only biodegrade in a commercial composting facility. There are currently limited commercial composting facilities in Victoria. 

Home compostable products (Australian Standard 5810) will biodegrade at home without harming microbes and worms.

Dispose of compostable products, excluding certified home compostable, in the rubbish bin.

Books

Unreadable or damaged books can be placed in the household recycling bin (blue lid). For larger books, please rip into smaller sections to ensure that it is collected at the Materials Recovery Facility.

Books in good condition can be donated to your local Op shop or the Mornington Recycled Goods Store.  

Bottle caps

Separate caps from the bottle and dispose in the household recycling bin (blue lid).  

Building materials

Dispose of construction and building waste such as concrete, stones, tiles, soil and bricks at the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres. Fees and charges apply.

Car bodies

Disposal of car bodies at Rye only. Car body with tank, tyres and rims (fees apply). Car body with tyres and tank removed (free Rye only).

Carcasses (dead animals)

Disposal at Rye Only. Fees and charges apply

Cardboard & Paper

Free Cardboard & Paper (including liquid paperboard) - Cardboard boxes (please flatten) and all types of paper including newspapers, magazines, envelopes, brochures, catalogues, phone books. Please don’t include waxed cardboard boxes.

Cartridges

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark provides free recycling of used printer cartridges. Click to find your closest drop off outlet at the Recycling Near You website

Ceramics and China

Broken ceramics and china can be placed in the household rubbish bin.

Intact ceramics and china can be donated to your local Op shop or the Mornington Recycled Goods Store

CDs and DVDs

There are currently no CD and DVD recycling on the Peninsula. CDs and DVDs can be placed in your household rubbish bin.  

CD covers can be separated, plastic sleeve and book, and recycled through the household recycling bin.

Chemical Drums (both plastic and steel)

Clean and empty chemical drums are accepted. There must be NO trace of chemical residue. (Tyabb and Rye sites only)

Chemicals

Sustainability Victoria’s Detox Your Home program provides is a safe, free and easy-to-use way residents can dispose of common household chemicals without harming their health or the environment. These mobile collections are open to all residents.

The Detox Your Home mobile collection service is held at 31 locations across Victoria each year.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Detox Your Home events have been cancelled or are postponed. Click on the safe handling of chemicals web page to learn how you can safely store your chemicals.      

The Mornington Peninsula’s annual event was held on Saturday 23 November 2019.

Visit Sustainability Victoria’s website for more information about the next scheduled collection and the complete list of the accepted products. 

Christmas trees

Natural Christmas Trees can be disposed at the Resource Recovery Centres. Fees and charges apply.

Plastic Christmas trees in good condition can be donated to your local Op shop or the Mornington Recycled Goods Store. Some items may not be accepted due to excess stock.

Damaged plastic Christmas trees can also be placed in your household rubbish bin.

Clean fill

Repurposable dirt, concrete, gravel, topsoil, sand and rubble can be disposed at the Tyabb, Mornington and Rye Resource Recovery Centres. Fees and charges apply.

Clothes, Shoes and Textiles

Good quality clothes, shoes and textiles can be donated to local Op Shops or Mornington Recycled Goods Store.  Ensure your donation counts by only giving saleable goods. 

For other clothing donation programs, visit Recycling Near You.

Damaged and unsaleable items can not be donated and should be placed in your household rubbish bin.  

Computers

Computers and computer accessories can be disposed at the Tyabb, Mornington and Rye Resource Recovery Centres at No Charge.

Coffee cups

Coffee cups are lined with plastic (either petrol or natural based) and cannot be recycled through the household and public recycling bins. Place coffee cups in the rubbish bin.

Some retailers are recycling coffee cups. This service can be limited to specific brands. Find your closet collection point at Recycling Near You

Consider bringing your own reusable coffee cup. Search for your local café that discounts BYO cups at Responsible cafes.

Coffee cup lids

Plastic coffee cup lids can be separated and recycled through the household recycling bin (blue lid).

Bioplastics (plastics made from natural materials) cannot be recycled and need to be disposed in the household rubbish bin or through a commercial composting service. 

Cooking Oil

Small quantities of cooking oil can be disposed in the household rubbish bin. Pour the oil in a container prior to disposing.

Larger quantities of cooking oil can be disposed at the mobile Detox Your Home Event. Find the full list of accepted materials and date and location of the next event at Detox Your Home.

Corks

There are currently no cork recyclers on the Peninsula. Reuse your corks in your next craft project or dispose of them in the rubbish bin.

Drink cartons (milk and juice)

Liquid Paper board (juice and milk cartons) can be recycled through the household recycling bin (blue lid). Please empty and rinse cartons before placing in the recycling bin. 

Electronic Waste (E-waste)

As of 1 July 2019, all e-waste has been banned from landfill. Electronic Waste (e-waste) is anything with a plug, cord and/or battery. E-waste contains valuable resources we can reuse. E-waste also contains harmful chemicals and toxins.  

Free disposal of computers, computer accessories like keyboards moderns and mouses, TVs, printers and small electrical items such as kettles and microwaves at the Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recovery Centres. Fees apply for air conditioners, fridges and freezers and other items classes as hard waste. Items will be assessed by the gatehouse staff at entry. 

Download the fees and charges for the resource recovery centres.(PDF, 199KB)  

Free disposal of mobile phones at major phone retailers. 

Find out more about what happens to your e-waste and how to protect your data at the E-waste ban or Take you e-waste to a better place

Fridges and Freezers

Dispose of fridges and freezers at the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres. Fees and charges apply, or redeem your waste voucher.

Furniture

Good condition furniture can be donated to charity. Brotherhood of St Laurence and St Vincent de Paul Society may collect from your home, book early to arrange a collection. 

Broken furniture can be disposed at the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres, or by booking a Booked Hard Waste collection. Fees and charges apply, or waste vouchers can also be redeemed.

Gas Cylinders and Bottles

Disposal is free - up to 9kg at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recovery Centres. 

Glass

Clean bottles and jars (green, brown and white) accepted free of charge for disposal at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recycle Centres  

Please don’t include broken drinking glasses, window glass or crockery.

Glass (other than bottles and jars)

All non-packaged glass bottles and jars for food or drinks (e.g. windows, mirrors, cups and Pyrex) cannot be recycled through the household recycling bin.  This type of glass does not melt at the same temperature as bottles and jars. Dispose of these glass items in your household rubbish bin.

Glasses (sight)

Good quality and unscratched glasses can be donated to Lions Recycle for Sight Australia

Your local optometrist may also accept donated glasses.

Green Waste

Green waste includes your lawn clippings, branches, garden prunings, leaves and timber (no treated pine) that is no greater than 10 cm in diameter and 30 cm in length (charges apply). 

Please don’t contaminate your green waste with plastic, metal or concrete.

A green waste bin can be ordered online or by calling the Shire on 1300 850 600 or 5950 1000. An annual fee is applicable.

Book a green/hard waste collection from your kerbside by calling 5950 1406

  • Large branches should be bundled and tied.
  • Loose garden refuse (leaves, lawn clippings) should be placed in containers (not bags) that can be returned.

Household Recyclables

Newspaper, magazines, bottles, cans, glass, hard plastics, flattened cardboard boxes may be disposed free of charge at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recycle Centres. The Shire also operates three smaller waste facilities, or hoppers, that accept household waste and recyclables.

Household waste

Excess household waste can be disposed at the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres, or Dromana, Flinders or Sorrento Hoppers. Fees and charges apply.

Inflatable pools and floaties

Dispose of all inflatable pools and floaties in the rubbish bin.  

Junk Mail

Advertising materials such as supermarket catalogues, magazines and flyers can be recycled in your household recycling bin. Please remove the plastic sleeve prior to disposal in your recycle bin (blue lid).

If you do not wish to receive junk mail, you can place a No Advertising Material sticker on your letter box. For your free sticker, send an envelope containing a stamped self-addressed envelope to the Distribution Standards Board

Light Globes

Free disposal of intact Florescent tubes and globes at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recovery Centres.

All other light globes and broken florescent lights/tubes need to be wrapped in paper and disposed in the rubbish bin.

Logs

Dispose of large logs (greater than 10 cm in diameter and 30 cm in length) at the Tyabb, Mornington and Rye Resource Recovery Centres. Please do not place these items in the green waste bins as their weight can cause damage to the truck compactors.   

Magazines

Dispose of magazines in your household recycling bin (blue lid).

Mattresses

Single, double, queen and king mattresses and bases can be disposed at the Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recovery Centres. Charges apply. Alternatively, waste voucher can be redeemed for mattresses.

Meat trays

Plastic meat trays can be disposed in the household recycling bin (blue lid).

Foam/polystyrene meat trays cannot be recycled and must be disposed in the rubbish bin.

Metal (scrap aluminium & steel)

May be disposed of free of charge at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recycle Centres. 

Medicine

Unwanted or expired human and pet medicines (prescriptions, over-the-counter pills, gels, topical creams, herbal or complementary supplements and liquids) can be returned to your local pharmacy. Packaging should be disposed of separately; tablets do not need to be taken out of the foil strips. 

Mobile phones

Dispose of mobile phones and its accessories at the Tyabb, Mornington and Rye Resource Recovery Centres.

Phones can also be dropped off at participating Mobile Muster retailers or at Zoos Victoria collection points. 

Motor Oil

Up to 20 litres per visit may be disposed of free of charge at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recycle Centres. 

Needles and Syringes

The Victorian Government’s Needle and Syringe Program safely collects needles from a range of service providers. To find your nearest location, visit Needle and Syringe Program Locations.

Netting bag (fruits and vegetables)

Produce netting bags can be recycled at major supermarkets through REDcycle. Please remove any metal clips. 

Paint

Up to 100 litres of household and trade paint may be deposited free at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recycle Centres. Paint must be carried in secure containers no larger than 20 litres.

Accepted paints:

Paint tins

Empty paint tins can be disposed at the Tyabb, Rye and Mornington Resource and Recovery Centres at no charge.

Paper towel, napkins or tissues

Paper towels are produced through methods that improve its absorbability; chemicals may be added to hold the fibres in paper when wet. Compost or dispose of paper towels in the rubbish bin.  

Plastics (hard)

Rigid/hard plastics can be recycled free at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource and Recovery Centres. Rigid/hard plastics cannot be easily scrunched into a ball.

Some examples of recyclable plastics are clean milk bottles, soft drink bottles, cordial bottles, detergent bottles, juice bottles, ice cream containers, margarine containers, takeaway, yogurt containers and plastic lids (separated).

Please do not recycle plastic bags or polystyrene.

Plastics (soft/flexible)

Soft plastics (plastics that can easily scrunch into a ball) can be taken to major supermarkets to be recycled through REDcycle. Examples of soft plastics include plastic bags, packaging, bubble wrap, cling wrap and old green bags.

Soft plastics can also be disposed by placing in the household rubbish bin.

Paper (shredded)

Shredded paper fall through sorting rolls and hence, cannot be collected at the Materials Recovery Facility. Compost or donate shredded paper to the pet store.

If small areas of the paper contain confidential information, black out personal information before placing in the recycling bin (blue lid).

Pizza boxes

Pizza boxes containing a small amount of grease can be disposed in the recycling bin (blue lid). If the box contains a large amount of grease, rip off the top of the box and place in the recycling bin. The bottom box with grease can be disposed in the rubbish bin.  

Plastic bottles

Separate lids and place both caps/lids and empty bottles into the recycling bin (blue lid).

Excess household recycling can be taken to the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres, or Flinders, Dromana or Sorrento Hoppers at no additional charge.

Plastic toys

Dispose of your broken plastic toys in the household recycling bin. All plastic toys with an electrical component (battery, cord or plug) must be taken to the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres.

Photographs

Dispose of photographs in the rubbish bin.

Pill packets

Pill packets with plastic backing cannot be recycled, dispose of these packets in the rubbish bin.

Pill packets made from only aluminium can be recycled through your household recycling bin. Scrunch your aluminium into a ball the size of a golf ball to increase the probability of it being recycled.

Polystyrene/Styrofoam

There are no polystyrene or Styrofoam recycling facilities on the Peninsula.  For your closest drop off location, visit Expanded Polystyrene Australia or MWRRG. Fees may apply.

Alternatively, dispose of your polystyrene in the rubbish bin.

Pots and Pans

Metal pots and pans can be placed in your household recycling bin

Pot Plants (plastics)

Dispose of empty plant pots in your household recycling bin or at the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres for no charge.

Power cords

Dispose of electrical cords at the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres at no charge.

Printer Cartridges

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark collects printer cartridges from select locations, see Recycling Near You for more information.

Smoke detectors

Domestic smoke detectors can be disposed in the household rubbish bin, remove batteries prior to disposal.

Commercial or industrial smoke detectors containing Americium-241 in excess of 40kBq of activity or contain any other substance are required to be returned to the seller for disposal.

Solar (PV) Panels

Solar panels are electrical items (E-waste, items with a battery, plug or power cord). Solar panels can be disposed at the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres at no charge for domestic quantities. 

Take away containers (plastic)

Empty and rinsed plastic containers can be disposed in the household recycling bin.

Televisions

Dispose of televisions at the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centre at no charge.

Drop off centres are also located at select retailers. Find your closet store at the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

Timber

Untreated timber can be placed in the green waste bin (no greater than 10 cm in diameter and 30 cm in length) or taken to the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres. Fees apply.

Tyres

Car tyres, and light and heavy truck tyres can be disposed at the Rye, Mornington and Tyabb Resource Recovery Centres. Charges apply. Vouchers can also be redeemed for tyres.  

Waxed paper and cardboard

Dispose of waxed paper and cardboard in your household rubbish bin.

White Goods

Domestic hot water service, clothes dryer, dishwasher etc (excluding fridges) accepted free of charge for disposal at Rye, Tyabb and Mornington Resource Recycle Centres  

Windows

Dispose of broken windows by wrapping in paper or cloth before placing in the rubbish bin. Larger windows can also be taken to the Tyabb, Mornington or Rye Resource Recovery Centres. Fees and charges apply.

X-rays

Free disposal of x-ray films at the Mornington Resource Recovery ONLY. The x-ray bin is located in the Detox Your Home section, left entrance before the gatehouse.

Some pathologies may also accept old x-ray films.

Remove all personal information before disposal.

Zip lock bags

Take the zip lock bags to major supermarkets to be recycled through REDcycle