Nillumbik Shire Council's Recycling Centre accepts a range of different items for reuse, recycling or disposal.
Items we accept and fees
We accept a range of different waste items. Some items we accept for free and for other items we charge a fee.
Items accepted in loads (including fees per load)
For items in loads, you are charged by the size of your load.
Items accepted in loads include:
- garden materials / green waste (Nillumbik residents can make use of their green waste vouchers)
- broken furniture
- hard waste
- polystyrene/foam/bean bag beans
- processed wood e.g. treated pine posts/sleepers, fence paling, untreated timber
- other things that can't be recycled
|Size of load
|small van or ute
|medium van or ute
|6 x 4 trailer
|6 x 4 trailer high sided / heaped
|7 x 5 trailer
|7 x 5 trailer high sided / heaped
|8 x 6 tandem trailer
|8 x 6 tandem trailer high sided / heaped
An 8 x 6 tandem trailer is the maximum size load accepted.
Prices correct from 1 July 2022. All prices include GST.
Individual items accepted with a charge
We accept the following items with a charge per item:
|fridge, freezer or air conditioner
|mattress - king, queen or double size
|mattress - single or baby size
|car tyre with rim
|4WD tyre with rim
|motorbike tyre with rim
|truck tyre with rim
Items accepted for free
We accept the following items free of charge:
||This includes household, car and mobile phone batteries.
||Loads are limited to a car boot size (no waxed cardboard).
|CDs and DVDs
This includes any item with a plug, cord or battery.
For example: computers, appliances, tools, electronic toys, phones.
|household recycling that can fit in a kerbside recycling bin
For example: hard plastic bottles/containers, paper, glass bottles/jars, tins and cans.
Items that are too large for a kerbside recycling bin cannot be accepted.
|light globes/bulbs and fluorescent tubes
|mobile phones and accessories
|motor oil and containers
||A maximum of 20 litres per drop off.
For example, bikes, stoves, microwaves, washing machines, dryers, metal poles, or roofing.
Charges apply for fridges, freezers and air conditioners for the de-gassing process.
|x-rays and photo negatives
Items we do not accept
There are some waste items that we do not accept.
Items we do not accept
We do not accept the following items:
- building or renovation rubble
- commercial quantities or truck loads
- fire extinguishers
- gas bottles
- household garbage
- liquid waste
To find out where to take these items, visit other disposal options.
Please note that soft plastic recycling is no longer available at the Recycling Centre.
From 9 November 2022, REDcycle and soft plastic recycling has been paused. REDcycle is a program to recycle soft plastics through supermarkets.
The program has been suspended due to REDcycle struggling to find local end markets for their products. Their recycling partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible.
Green waste vouchers
Council provides green waste vouchers to all residential properties we collect rates from.
Each financial year, your rates notice includes a voucher that entitles you to three green waste drop-offs.
What your green waste drop-off includes
The size of each drop-off is one cubic metre of green waste. This is a slightly heaped 6 x 4 sized trailer load. Your load size is assessed by the attendant.
Your green waste:
- can include garden clippings, pruning, leaves and grass
- must be clean
- must not contain processed wood such as treated pine, fence palings or untreated timber
- must not include any food waste.
How to use your vouchers
To use a voucher, bring your current rate notice to the Recycling and Recovery Centre. The attendant will scan the QR code on the notice.
- can be given to your tenants or a contractor to use
- must be used only for residential green waste
- cannot be redeemed for cash or a refund
- only expire when a new rate notice is issued
Where possible, items unable to be recycled and in good condition are donated to the Reuse Shop. The shop is located on site at the Recycling Centre.
The shop is managed by the Green Wedge Christian Community and stocks a wide range of affordable second-hand goods. We encourage residents to visit the shop and support waste minimisation through reuse.
Shop opening hours
The shop is closed on all public holidays.