Managing your waste

Bin collections

Kerbside wheelie bins are emptied weekly or fortnightly, depending on the waste type. Bins must be out by 6am on the day of collection, even if your collection is usually later in the day, as routes and shifts can change. Your bins should be brought back in within 24 hours of being serviced, to help reduce bin theft and road hazards.

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Council's Waste Services Guide:

Waste services calendar 2016(PDF, 106KB)
Complete waste services guide 2016(PDF, 2MB)
Waste services map 2016(PDF, 1MB)

Recycle right - for a better world

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Get it right on bin night!

Our waste contractors support the City of Melton's efforts to protect and enhance the local environment. Contractors monitor kerbside bin usage with GPS / photographic technology and report problems to Council daily. If a bin associated with your property is found to be contaminated (i.e. contains materials that do not belong there) or is overfilled, you may be sent a letter notifying you of the problem. In severe cases, your bin may be stickered and/or not emptied by the waste truck driver. If repeat offences occur, you may be fined.

We recognise that most people try to do the right thing. However, we need everybody's help to make sure only the right materials are sent to the recycling facility, and that street litter from overfilled bins is minimised. If you are unsure of what can go into each of your bins, please look at our Do’s and Don’ts pages below.

Did you know?

Coffee pod capsules are too small for recycling facilities to retrieve, and if sent to landfill, they do not break down. They can still be recycled! You can take coffee pods of any brand to SoilWorx at 987 Ballarat Rd, Deer Park.

Wish you could dispose of cigarette butts in an environmentally friendly manner? Now you can, via Terracycle. Cigarette waste is recycled into plastic products... including ashtrays! As an added bonus, for every kilogram of cigarette waste that you send in to TerraCycle, you will receive 200 TerraCycle points ($2.00). These can be redeemed for a payment of $0.01 per point to the non-profit organisation or school of your choice. Shipments must contain a minimum of 1kg of cigarette waste in order to receive a TerraCycle point donation.

Polystyrene (cups, meat trays, boxes, etc): You can generally take clean, solid polystyrene (EPS) from whitegoods packaging etc during the week to specialist recycler Unipod: 40 Buys Court, Derrimut. Please ring 9394 1117 for office hours and details of what can be accepted, inlcuding quantities and any fees.

Foam noodles and beanbag filling must go into your red garbage bin, or you can use in small amounts to make your potting mix more friable. Polystyrene of any kind never goes in your recycle bin!

If you have an unwanted laptop computer, you may like to donate it to school students in need. Local brothers Aaron and Andrew O'Connor combine their IT expertise to revamp working and broken laptops: 0407 922 119.

How can I find out about what to do with other kinds of waste?

Our Waste Services Guide (PDF, 2MB)explains the best ways to dispose of various kinds of waste that can't go in your kerbside bin. You can find information about Hard Waste Collections, how to safely rid your home of hazardous products and tricky items like mattresses, tyres and TVs. These kinds of materials need to go to specialist recyclers, not to landfill.

Got unwanted whitegoods or furniture? These can be fixed up and sold on cheaply to needy households, or recycled for parts. Social enterprise options popular with City of Melton residents include:

The Brotherhood of St Laurence: Book online to have your fridge, freezer, washing machine, dryer, or working microwave collected at no charge from your home. Furniture can also be collected. Stoves, ovens and rangehoods cannot be accepted but can be dropped off for free as e-waste (electrical and electronic waste) at the MRF Transfer Station at 33 Ferris Rd, Melton South.

Kids off the Kerb: Call 9918 7999. KOTK can collect all types of whitegoods, hot water water service units and some furniture in their catchment area at no charge from your home.

Also try local op shops for donations of furniture in good condition (refer to list below).

Bin Services

If you require one of the following services, please contact Customer Service on 9747 7200 or email us at csu@melton.vic.gov.au.

Bin repairs and replacements

Bin repairs and replacements are done Monday to Friday except public holidays.

Repairs: After notifying us, please leave the damaged bin where it will be easily accessible for the driver (preferably in the front yard).

Replacements: If your bin has gone missing and/or you believe it has been stolen, please firstly check that your neighbours have not mistaken it for theirs. All bins remain the property of Council and you may be required to complete a Statutory Declaration to support your claim of a missing bin.

Downgrading

If you find you are generating less waste, congratulations! Council encourages a reduction in landfill waste, as well as an increase in recycling.

Your Rates will be adjusted to reflect your new service variation. Please note that handing back some of your bins may incur a one-off service charge.

  • Waste bin (landfill: red lid): There is no downgrade fee to hand back a waste bin.
  • Green bin (garden: bright green lid): You may hand back an unneeded green bin for a $40 downgrade processing fee. There is no downgrade fee to exchange a 240L garden bin for a 120L garden bin.
  • Recycle bin (yellow lid): You may hand back a multiple yellow bin for a $40 downgrade processing fee. Please note that you must have at least one recycle bin at your property.

Additional Bins

Additional bins cost $139.00 extra in the 2016-2017 financial year.

New residents

If you are a resident of a newly constructed home, please apply for bins to be delivered to you only once your home is occupied. Your property must be clearly identified with a lot number or a house number. Bins will generally be delivered by the contractor on the next delivery day after your payment has been processed.

Tenants

Bins can only be ordered by the owner of a property. If you are a tenant, please contact the owner or managing agent of the property you are renting.

Bin options and service rates

Option

Bin combination

Full Year Rate (16/17)*

Waste (red lid)

Recycle (yellow lid)

Garden (bright green lid)

A

120L

240L

240L

$313.00

B

80L

240L

240L

$278.00

C

120L

240L

120L

$268.00

D

80L

240L

120L

$233.00

E

120L

240L

none

$223.00

F

80L

240L

none

$191.00

*If you order bins or change your bin configuration part way through the year, you will pay a pro rata (part-year) rate.

For further information, please contact our Customer Service Unit on 9747 7200 or email csu@melton.vic.gov.au

Got household items looking for a new home?

Are your unwanted items are in good enough condition that you would buy them yourself?

You can drop them off at no charge, seven days a week, at the Re-Sale Centre on site at the Melton Recycling Facility.

Note! The Resale Centre will be in 2016 until May whilst we make improvements to the facility. You can still drop off limited goods - these will be stored if space permits, until the Resale Centre reopens.

Melton also has seven charity-run op shops, all within walking distance of the central shopping and business district or accessible by bus. They generally welcome items such as clothing, books, toys and kitchenware in re-saleable condition. Some are also able to accept furniture, and a few offer a pick up and/or delivery service. If you have large amounts of donated goods, stores appreciate a phone call first to ensure they have the space to accept goods.

Be part of the solution, not the problem! Items must only be brought into stores during trading hours, to avoid street litter and scavenging. Tonnes of unacceptable goods go to landfill every year across Australia, costing charities money they would otherwise be able to give to the community projects they work so hard to support.

Opportunity (Op) shops:

Christ Church Anglican
2 - 4 Unitt Street, Melton (behind Civic Centre)
9743 0246
Wednesday - Friday 9am - 3pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm
Furniture accepted, no pick up or delivery service

Vinnies
8 Wallace Square, Melton
9743 0942
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm

Earth Village (Community Care World Mission)
12 Wallace Square, Melton
9743 1131
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm
Sells mostly clothing. Orange collection bins are located around the township.

MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
53 Bakery Square, Melton
9747 8200
Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm
Mostly clothes, books, kitchenware and knick-knacks.

Lighthouse Store
55 Bakery Square, Melton
9743 0033
Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Run by South West Community Church based in Hoppers Crossing, supports local and overseas projects.
Mostly clothes, books, kitchenware and knick-knacks. Has a larger sister store in Woods Street, Laverton that includes furniture.

Uniting Church Australia
18 - 20 Brooklyn Road, Melton
9747 6033
Thursday - Friday 10am - 3pm, Saturday 10am - 12.30pm
Furniture accepted, pickup and delivery service may be available.

Salvos
86 - 88 High Street, Melton
9743 0335
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm
Furniture accepted.

Other charities:

Foodbank (Combined Churches Caring)
St Marks Lutheran Church, 98 - 100 Coburns Rd, Melton South (near the freeway overpass)
9747 6811
cccminc@bigpond.com
Monday - Thursday 10am - 1pm, Friday 10am - 12.30pm. School holidays 10am - 12.30pm