Other waste disposal options
Charities and not for profit organisations
Please consider if the materials you are throwing away can be sold, recycled or donated instead. Visit our Don't throw it! Reuse and Recycle page for suggestions and worthwhile causes.
Construction or renovation material
If you are building or renovating a property, you should ask your builder to organise the removal of construction material including, bricks, concrete, framing, fencing and building rubble.
Construction and demolition waste makes up a significant part of the total waste sent to landfills. In order to encourage recycling and resource recovery, the State Government has imposed steep landfill levies on construction and demolition waste.
If you are constructing, demolishing or renovating, it is highly recommended that you ask your builder to separate materials so that they can be recycled. In this way not only will you achieve environmental benefits but you will avoid expensive landfill charges. Check out some rubbish tips and waste disposal facilities in the area
Household chemical drop-off
Detox Your Home drop-off for household chemicals are free and are held at various locations throughout Melbourne, with two collections each year in the Western suburbs. Check the Detox Your Home web site for upcoming mobile collections.
There is also a permanent Detox Your Home facility in the Western suburbs located at Brimbank City Council Depot, Stadium Drive, Keilor Park. Hours of operation are 9am-1pm Monday to Saturday. Items accepted for collection include, paints, batteries, fuels and used oil, weed killer, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, car batteries, gas cylinders and fire extinguishers. Please note: Permanent facilities do not accept the full range of chemicals that are accepted at collection events.
For more information contact:
1800 353 233
Or check out the Detox your Home website which includes the latest Detox Your Home collection timetable.
If you are thinking about renovating, you must be aware of asbestos. It is important for home owners and renovators to be aware of how to safely manage asbestos in and around the home. Asbestos is a highly hazardous material which causes a deadly form of lung cancer called Mesothelioma which can take decades to become apparent. Some people without any history of exposure to asbestos in the workplace have contractecd the cancer from one exposure in their childhood during home renovations. Asbestos was used around heating, behind tiling, walls and ceilings due to its insulation properties.
Asbestos in Victoria is the collective advice from the WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe), the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and the Department of Health. They provide advice and information to help homeowners, tenants, employers and workers understand the risks of asbestos, how to comply with your duties, and resources for managing and removing asbestos in homes and workplaces.