Recycling & Reducing Waste


As part of the waste minimisation strategy, the City of Ballarat aims to reduce waste to landfill by 65%.

Up to 16% of recycling loads are contaminated with incorrect items. This is costly to the City of Ballarat, rate payers, and the environment.

Please view the Waste Guide for a list of what items can go in each bin.

Avoid recycling contamination! 

By knowing what to recycle properly we can all :

  • Decrease recycled items going to landfill.
  • Reduce costs to council and all ratepayers.
  • Avoid contamination charges!
  • Help the environment.

Visit Get it Right Bin Night for more information on what can be recycled.

Important things to remember for kerbside recycling:

  • Not everything that can be recycled can go in your kerbside recycling bin
  • No plastic bags and all items loose and empty
  • If in doubt check it out
  • In the future as new technology comes on line new items will be able to be recycled

Controlling waste starts in every household and the Ready Reference Guide, accompanying the September issue of MyBallarat, is being provided to assist in correctly recycling a greater proportion of household waste, contaminant free.

Residents will also receive two free hard waste vouchers for the Gillies Street Transfer Station, attached to the Ready Reference Guide.

New recycling bin stickers will be attached to bins during the month of October/November.


How to Recycle

Some simple habits in the household can help make the recycling industry more efficient and sustainable.  The best way to prepare recyclables varies depending on the systems of the collection contractor.  In Ballarat, it is best to:

  • Leave tops on bottles and jars
  • Rinse out recyclables before putting them in the recycling bin
  • Place items loose in the recycling bin - don't pack them in plastic bags or tie up bundles of newspapers
  • Break up small cardboard boxes before putting them in the bin

Permanent drop-off (free services)Top of document.

The City of Ballarat operates 1 of 30 permanent drop-off sites across Victoria. The permanent collection facility for the City of Ballarat is located at the Gillies St Transfer Station. For information on other permanent drop off sites visit the Sustainability Victoria website.

The Ballarat Transfer Station accepts a limited range of household quantity of products and the City of Ballarat also provides a permanent drop off service for some recyclable items (outlined below) at the,

  • Ballarat Regional Library at 190 Doveton St North
  • Phoenix building at 25 Armstrong St South


In Ballarat there are also many local retailers who offer a collection service for recycling household goods. Check in-store or the website of your local dealer for further information.


Permanent drop-off free services provided by the City of Ballarat


Transfer Station

Ballarat Library

Phoenix Building





Motor Oil




BBQ Gas Cylinders




Household batteries




Automotive Batteries




White Goods




Mobile Phones




Fluoro tubes & compact fluoro lamps




Farm chemical containers (empty)





You can take as many of these products as you need to, however these sites do NOT accept:

  • Containers larger than 20 litres
  • LPG gas automotive fuel tanks
  • Chemicals used for commercial and industrial purposes

For further information on collection services for household chemicals (not detailed above) are preferably delivered to the Ballarat Transfer Station during the Detox your Home program.


Paint Recycling

The City of Ballarat accepts sealed paint cans from households with material remaining (wet or dry) at the Ballarat Transfer Station. This service is provided free of charge during the Detox Your Home annual program as well as any time of year.

Only empty paint tins can be placed in kerbside recycling bins. Paint cans with residual material are not acceptable within kerbside general waste or recycling collection services, even if the paint is dried out. 

Commercial waste paint is not accepted at the Ballarat Transfer Station. The paint collection service is for households only. Trade painters should contact Paintback to find their nearest drop off site.


Motor Oil Recycling

Do not throw away used motor oils. The Ballarat Transfer Station has a free service for collecting your household used motor oils at any time of the year.

When changing the oil in your car, lawnmower, boats or chainsaws etc. be sure to seal it securely in a container ready for recycling. Used motor oil can be filtered, cleaned and re-used for many purposes.


BBQ Gas Cylinders

The City of Ballarat as a free service accepts disusedBBQ gas bottles up to 9kgat the Ballarat Transfer Station. Please do not dispose of any old BBQ gas bottles in your kerbside general waste or recycling bin.

Any traces of gas are removed before being sent for metal recycling. There are also a number of Ballarat retailers of gas and BBQ’s who accept disused BBQ gas bottles of varying sizes. Check in-store or the website of your local dealer for further information.


Batteries: Household and Automotive

Residents can recycle household batteries and automotive batteriesat any time of the year for free as part of the Battery Back program by Sustainability Victoria.

As a part of this program the City of Ballarat operates a collection facility at the Ballarat Transfer Station for both household and automotive batteries. Household batteries (not automotive) are also able to be taken to the

  • Ballarat Regional Library at 190 Doveton St North
  • Phoenix building at 25 Armstrong St South

The Battery Back program collects all domestic alkaline (single use) and rechargeable batteries including Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion).

Currently, less than 3% of all batteries purchased in Australia are recycled, with the rest going to landfill. After collection batteries are sorted and sent to recyclers to recover the likes of nickel, cadmium, lithium and zinc whilst removing these and other toxicants (e.g. lead) from landfill.


Recycling farm chemical containers

The DrumMuster program allows empty plastic and steel farm chemical containers to be collected for recycling.  Drums can be taken to the Gillies St Transfer Station for recycling (storage and handling conditions apply) at any time of year for free. Visit the Chemical Waste page for more information.


White Goods

The Ballarat Transfer Station accepts White Goods as a free service (exc. refrigerators – fees apply) to the community.

White goods can also be recycled at ACE Metals in Coronet Street, Wendouree free of charge and there are also a number of retailers and appliance service centers and scrap metal recyclers in Ballarat that accept White Goods (terms and conditions may apply). Check in-store, website or Yellow Pages for further information.


eWaste Recycling

Have you ever been in a situation when you are moving house or doing a clean up and not known what to do with your old TV's, Computers & Computer Parts, Mobile Phones, Batteries, Fluorecent Tubes and Compact Fluorescent Lamps, Printer and Toner Cartridges, DVD Players, CD Players and VHS Players.

These products are known as e-waste, which is the fastest growing waste stream in Australia, and there are places in Ballarat where you can recycle these items for minimal to no cost.


TV's, Computers & Computer Parts

Free disposal of televisions, computers and computer parts is available the Ballarat Transfer Station and several locations across Ballarat through the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme ( For more information on drop off locations and conditions visit the Dropzone website. Within Ballarat this includes:

  • Office Works
    Location: 116 Creswick Road, Ballarat, 3350 (VIC)
    Telephone: (03) 5320 1400

Computers and TV’s contain hazardous materials, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, which need to be managed in a safe manner. Recyclable materials that can be recovered from computers include glass and plastics, iron, steel, aluminum and copper, and precious metals such as gold, platinum and silver.


Mobile Phones

Mobile phones can be recycled via the Aussie Recycling Program and Mobile Muster program at numerous locations within Ballarat. These are mostly retail outlets and the City of Ballarat operates three drop-off sites for mobile phones:

  • Ballarat Regional Library at 190 Doveton St North
  • Phoenix building at 25 Armstrong St South
  • Ballarat Transfer Station at Gillies Street South

Mobile phones and accessories contain concentrations of toxic heavy metals or other metals including cadmium, lead, nickel, mercury, manganese, lithium, zinc, arsenic, antimony, beryllium and copper. 


Fluorecent Tubes and Compact Fluorescent Lamps

Residents can recycleunbroken fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lampsfor free at the,

  • Ballarat Transfer Station in Gillies Street
  • Phoenix building at 25 Armstrong St South

Fluorescent lighting contains a very small amount of mercury, so if you break one, it needs to be disposed of through your weekly general waste collection service. The risk of mercury poisoning even when a CFL or fluorescent tube is broken indoors is extremely low.

Recovery of the mercury from unbroken fluorescent lighting reduces the accumulation of mercury in landfill which can become a cause for concern across the wider environment.


Printer and Toner Cartridges

Printer cartridges are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and toner. They can be recycled at Planet Ark collection partners including Office Works, Australia Post, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, the Good Guys and Office National. Many local retailers also recycle printer and toner cartridges. Check in-store or the website of your local supplier for further information.

The City of Ballarat accepts printer and toner cartridges for free at the:

  • Phoenix building at 25 Armstrong St South
  • Ballarat Transfer Station in Gillies Street

Depending on the product there are a number of processing options that reduce the cartridges to small particles that are sorted via a range of techniques to recover the raw materials. These materials are then used in the manufacturing process of new products such as pens, park benches and road surfacing.


DVD Players, CD Players and VHS Players

Home entertainment items (e.g. DVD players) that no longer work can be recycled for free at the Ballarat Transfer Station at any time of year. These items are separated into their various components (e.g.  metals and plastics) and many of the raw materials able to be recycled (e.g. copper and gold).