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Bin collection, waste and recycling

Find out bins sizes, stolen or damaged bins and how to request a bin collection service.

Waste management

Council offers waste and recycling kerbside collection services to designated areas across the shire. We also offer two transfer stations for community use in Castlemaine and Maldon.

Residential kerbside collections

General waste rubbish bins are collected each week. Recycling bins are collected fortnightly. It is important that you place the right items in each bin.

To find out the collection day in your area check the Waste and Recycling Collection Calendar.

To ensure your bins are emptied:

Read our Guide to Residential Recycling and Waste Services to learn more about what goes in which bin or see our page on recycling

  • Place bins out before 6.00am on your collection day. (i.e. place out the night before)
  • Place bin close to the gutter with the handles facing your house
  • Place your garbage and recycling bins at least one metre apart
  • Place only approved recyclables in the recycling bin
  • Please do not overfill or place anything on top of the bins

To find out more regarding:

• who is entitled to receive a service;
• responsibilities of residents using the service; and
• responsibilities of Council providing the service.

please read the detailed Procedural Guidelines - Council Bin Collection Services.

Community update - Temporary change to household recycling

Council's waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services has temporarily suspended the processing of recyclables until further notice, due to market forces associated with the recent bushfires.

Household bin collection will continue as usual. However, this means that commingled materials collected in yellow-bins on a fortnightly will be sent to landfill in the short-term. Residents can help minimise waste to landfill by:

- Continuing to reduce, reuse and recycle to help reduce the amount of waste produced in the first instance
- Compact your recyclables and wait until your recycling bin is full before putting it out.
- Drop off sorted recyclables like paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, and steel and aluminium based cans, tins and empty aerosol containers at transfer stations in Castlemaine and Maldon for recycling for free.

Read our community update
Find out more about our transfer stations
Find out more on how to sort your load before you go

Bin size and collection

Our standard bin size is 80 litres and costs $433.00 per year. The charge will appear on your annual rates notice.

You can upsize to an 140 litre waste bin which would cost $628.00 per year.

The recycling fee is included within the waste charge.

If you would like to upsize or downsize your bins please use our Online Request Form - Change my Bin Size.

What do I do if my bin was missed during collection?

To report a missed bin please use our Online Request Form for Missed Bin Collection and we will inform our waste contractors Veolia Environmental.

Please ensure your bin is clearly placed outside the front of your property. It will be collected the day following your request being received.

Missing, stolen or damaged bins

To report a stolen bin please use our Online Request Form for Stolen / Missing Bin

To report a damaged bin, please use our Online Request Form for Damaged Bin

How do I request a new collection service?

To request a new collection service, please use our Online Request Form for New Collection Service

Waste information app

The Loddon Mallee Waste Info App has been developed to help residents make quick and simple waste and recycling decisions with the aim to reduce contamination and increase recycling levels.

Features of the Waste Info App include:

- Personalised bin collection calendar for residents, with optional reminders
- A-Z list of materials and images showing which bin to put materials in
- Further information, hints and tips to help with waste management
- Information about Council’s waste and recycling services and facilities, including contact details, opening times and maps
- ‘Report a problem’ form allowing residents to send feedback direct to Council
- Push notifications letting residents know changes to collection dates, events and programs

Download the Free Loddon Mallee Waste Info App through the App Store or Google Play with the search: Loddon Mallee.

For further details check Loddon Mallee Waste App

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