Accepted items and fees

Overview

We operate three Transfer Stations which sort material out into recyclable and non-recyclable streams for re-use or disposal to landfill.

Click on the headings above or the Next button below for a list of accepted items and associated fees.

Quick tip: Save time and money by sorting your waste into recyclables and non-recyclables before going to a transfer station. Most recyclables are free to drop off, so recycle as much as possible and save on fees. Secure your load to avoid debris falling onto the roads. Motorists who fail to secure their load may be fined. To find out more, see Sort your load and save

Soft plastics

What are soft plastics?

Soft plastics are plastics that can be scrunched in your hand and bounce back to their original shape or flexible films such as bubble wrap or cling wrap.

Soft-plastics-recycling

 

Soft plastics cannot be recycled through the commingled kerbside recycling bin (yellow lid) as they can get stuck in the trucks and sorting machinery. Soft plastics can be recycled through specialist recycling services.

A recent audit of kerbside general waste bins (red or dark green lid bin) showed that up to 70% of the general waste was soft plastics. If a household wishes to reduce their household waste and recycle more, they can do so by collecting their soft plastics in a bag and dropping them at a Transfer Station. 

Accepted Items

All items free for Macedon Ranges Shire residents and businesses.
Please ensure all plastics are completely dry and free of food and other products.

Plastic bags

  • Plastic carry bags
  • Bulk bags. Such as: rice bags
  • Reusable shopping bags ‘green bags’ (polypropylene)
  • Netting produce bags (metal clips removed)
  • Pet food and stock feed bags. Such as: dry pet food bags, chaff/horse/chicken feed (plastic and woven polypropylene)
  • Zip lock and snap lock bags

Plastic Films

  • Bubble wrap
  • Cling wrap
  • Documents sleeves (white reinforcement strip removed)
  • Large sheets of plastic furniture wrap
  • Pallet wrap
  • Plastic film from grocery items. Such as: toilet paper and disposable nappies.
  • Shrink wrap

Other items

  • Bread bag tags (collected separately in a clear plastic bag)
  • Plastic bottle caps (collected separately in a clear plastic bag)

What items are not accepted?

Any soft plastic item that is not listed above.

At this stage some soft plastics for example silver lined chip and snack wrappers are not yet accepted. We hope to expand the service and add more items to the list soon.

For any soft plastic item that cannot be accepted at Transfer Stations, check your local supermarket RedCycle collection.

Check out our waste A-Z guide on our website or the MRSC waste app for a comprehensive list of waste items or contact Customer Service on (03) 5422 0333 or mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au with your query.

What happens to the soft plastics?

Council is running a six month trial with a local recycling company called Victorian Regional Recyclers.

Once your soft plastics are collected from the Transfer Station, the different types of plastics are sorted and processed where they are then sent to local end markets to be recycled in to new items in Australia.

If the trial is successful, Council hopes to introduce this as an ongoing service to support the communities passion for recycling and a big step in our goals for reducing waste to landfill.

General waste

  • Per bag (120 litres): $7.70
  • Drum (200 litres): $17
  • Wheelie bin (240 litres): $17
  • Small boot: $19
  • Small Ute/station wagon: $37
  • Small tray Ute: $56
  • Vehicle/trailer (6x4x1): $37
  • Vehicle/trailer (6x4x2): $74
  • Vehicle/trailer (6x4x3): $111
  • Vehicle/trailer (6x4x4): $148
  • Vehicle/trailer (8x5x1): $69
  • Vehicle/trailer (8x5x2): $138
  • Vehicle/trailer (8x5x3): $207
  • Vehicle/trailer (8x5x4): $276
  • Vehicle/trailer (10x6x1): $91
  • Vehicle/trailer (10x6x2): $182
  • Vehicle/trailer (10x6x3): $273
  • Vehicle/trailer (10x6x4): $364
  • Vehicle/trailer (12x7x1): $121
  • Vehicle/trailer (12x7x2): $242
  • Vehicle/trailer (12x7x3): $363
  • Vehicle/trailer (12x7x4): $484

Green waste

Macedon Ranges residents

Free for all sized loads.

Residents must provide proof of residence such as rates notice or drivers licence.

Charges apply for some items such as weeds, ivy and other species. To view a complete list and find out more, see Green waste drop-off

Non-residents/commercial

  • Per bag (120 litres): $6.60
  • Drum (200 litres): $13.80
  • Wheelie bin (240 litres): $14.20
  • Boot: $17.80
  • Small Ute/station wagon: $30.50
  • Small tray Ute: $38.80
  • Vehicle/trailer (6x4x1): $30.50
  • Vehicle/trailer (6x4x2): $61
  • Vehicle/trailer (6x4x3): $91.50
  • Vehicle/trailer (6x4x4): $122
  • Vehicle/trailer (8x5x1): $52.50
  • Vehicle/trailer (8x5x2): $105
  • Vehicle/trailer (8x5x3): $157.50
  • Vehicle/trailer (8x5x4): $210
  • Vehicle/trailer (10x6x1): $74
  • Vehicle/trailer (10x6x2): $148
  • Vehicle/trailer (10x6x3): $222
  • Vehicle/trailer (10x6x4): $296
  • Vehicle/trailer (12x7x1): $101
  • Vehicle/trailer (12x7x2): $202
  • Vehicle/trailer (12x7x3): $303
  • Vehicle/trailer (12x7x4): $404

Paper and cardboard

Please separate your paper and cardboard before attending the transfer station.

  • Household quantities: no charge
  • Commercial loads per m3: $23
  • Ute/station wagon: $23
  • Trailers (all): $23

Rigid plastic or glass containers/bottles

  • Household quantities: no charge
  • Commercial loads per m3: $21.00
  • Ute/station wagon per m3: $21.00
  • Trailers (all) per m3: $21.00

Mattresses

  • All sizes: $31

Tyres

  • Car: $9
  • Car tyre with rim attached: $13.20
  • Light truck: $23
  • Truck: $40.80
  • Tractor: $216

E-waste (phones/batteries/electronics)

Macedon Ranges Shire residents 

  • All E-waste (Electronic waste - any appliance with a plug, cord or battery): no charge 
  • Mobile phones: no charge
  • Batteries: no charge
  • Televisions, radios, video players, DVD players, videos and any general electronic household items including white goods: no charge

Learn more about e-waste.

Non-residents

  • Small items: $2
  • Large items: $3
  • Refrigerators: $5

Commercial waste

We don't accept commercial chemical or liquid waste, or deliveries from large commercial vehicles.

Building rubbish and asbestos

Our transfer stations can accept small quantities of building waste, but the following items are not accepted:

  • Asbestos. To find a removalist, see Asbestos in Victoria
  • Liquid waste and fuels
  • Chemicals
  • Paints
  • Medical waste
  • Vegetable/cooking oil
  • Dead animals—contact your local Vet.

For more information about how to dispose of these items visit Sustainability Victoria

Other items

  • Light globes (all types including fluorescent and CFLs): no charge
  • Scrap metal—white goods, steel, metal cans, lawn mowers, wire, aluminium: no charge
  • Engine oil up to 20 litres: no charge
  • Engine oil over 20 litres—per litre: $0.65
  • Car bodies: no charge
  • Gas bottles—small: $7.70
  • Gas bottles—large: $10
  • Empty (dry) paint tins - free
  • X-rays - free
  • Plastic bread bag tags* (collected separately in a clear plastic bag) - free
  • Plastic bottle caps and lids* (collected separately in a clear plastic bag) - free

*currently a six month trial, to learn more about the trial see soft plastics.

If you are looking for a specific item and it's not listed here, check our A-Z Waste Index.

Payment methods

Only payment by EFTPOS is currently accepted at our transfer stations to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Where does your waste go?

Co-mingled recycling 

Co-mingled recycling (which includes paper, recyclable household metals and rigid plastics) collected at Council’s transfer stations is taken to Australian Paper Recovery (APR) where it is processed and sent for recycling.

Cardboard recycling

Cardboard is collected separately at the transfer stations and taken to is taken to Australian Paper Recovery (APR) where it is processed and sent for recycling.

Glass recycling

Glass collected at the transfer stations is taken to Alex Fraser Group, and is reused in road construction materials and for a range of other applications.

E-waste recycling

Electronic waste collected at the transfer stations is taken to Ecocyle, where items are separated and precious resources are recovered.

Garden waste 

Garden waste is mulched on site at transfer stations and is available for purchase.