Get It Sorted

Get the most from your Resource Recovery CentresSammy_complete

What is a Resource Recovery Centre? No, it’s not a tip! You probably know them as your local transfer station or landfill. But did you know that you can recycle a wide range of materials at resource recovery centres across the Region and in many cases you can drop some of these items off for free!

By taking a little extra time to sort your load before you leave home, you can save yourself plenty of time at the facility by easily disposing of the different materials at each of the designated collection points.


Sorting your load can also save you money. Many items that are accepted at these facilities can be accepted for free, so recycling makes both environmental and economic sense.

Most sites have a large co-mingled recycling collection point (like your kerbside recycling bin) which collects paper products, rigid plastics (excluding polystyrene), glass bottles and jars, steel cans and household aluminium.

But the real benefit of resource recovery centres is that they have collection points for many other recyclable materials that can’t be recycled in you kerbside bin. These include timber, scrap metal, greenwaste, building rubble, waste oil and filters, car batteries, electronics, mattresses and the list goes on.

Sorting your load before you go to your resource recovery centre is the most effective method and helps create an efficient recycling system. It can also be significantly cheaper than dumping all your materials at the waste collection point.

Tips and Tricks

  • Check with your local council to find out what can be recycled at your local resource recovery centre.
  • Sort your load so it is easy for the operator to see what will be recycled, this will also make it easier to unload!
  • Ensure you secure your load with appropriate straps and covers to prevent littering during transit.

Finally, some specialised items such as old paint, chemicals, batteries and fluorescent light globes may need to be taken to larger centres, community collection points or the regular ‘Detox you Home’ collections but with a little effort you can save money and make sure the chemicals in these products do not enter our environment.

Separation categories

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.

Rigid Plastics – Clean milk bottles, soft drink bottles, cordial bottles, detergent bottles, juice bottles, ice cream, margarine, takeaway, yogurt containers and all plastic lids. Please don’t include plastic bags or polystyrene.

Glass – Clean bottles and jars. Please don’t include broken drinking glasses, window glass or crockery.

Aluminium & Steel – Cans, clean foil tray and clean steel cans are accepted.

Batteries – Car and truck batteries, as well as general household batteries, are accepted at most sites.

Scrap Metal – Car bodies, iron, steel, wire, whitegoods.

Green Waste – This includes your lawn clippings, branches, garden pruning’s. Please don’t contaminate your green waste with plastic, metal or concrete.

Timber – posts, frames, doors.

Waste Oil – Clean used or unwanted motor oil can be disposed of into the collection tanks.

Concrete, bricks and rubble – Clean concrete and bricks and rubble can be disposed of. Please don’t drop off any product that may contain asbestos.

drumMUSTER – Clean and empty chemical drums (both plastic and steel) with the drumMuster logo are accepted. There must be NO trace of chemical residue.

Silage Wrap – Clean silage wrap, vine wrap and bunker cover can be accepted at some sites.

Gas cylinders – Empty gas cylinders can be accepted at some sites.

Paint – Paint tins can be accepted at some sites.

Electrical Waste – Computer monitors, laptops, TV’s, video and DVD players, stereo’s, game consoles, printers, photocopiers, vacuum cleaners, telephones, mobile phones, scanners, fax machines, microwaves, hair dryers, toasters, kettles, drills, air conditioners, mobile phones.

Fluorescent tubes – Unbroken fluorescent tubes can be accepted at most sites.

Rubbish – By the time you have disposed of all your recyclable materials, you should have very little waste to drop off at the rubbish collection point.

The Get It Sorted campaign is an initiative of the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group, supported by your local council.