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Our green waste collection service is compulsory for residential properties between 250m2 and 4000m2 with a detached house in Ballarat and is currently on a green waste route. All other residential properties can opt into the service if they would like by calling Customer Service. Green waste can also be taken to the Transfer Station.
Food waste is wasted money for households, costing the average Victorian household $2,200 per year. Food sent to landfill also wastes all the resources, including water, required to grow, harvest, transport, package and sell produce. If food is sent to landfill it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Electronic waste, or eWaste, is any item with a plug, battery or power cord that is no longer working or wanted. It covers a whole range of items from phones and refrigerators to fluorescent light tubes.
Managing our hazardous household waste | ourballarat winter 2021
Batteries are the leading cause of fires in landfill and recycling facilities and are a major risk to people and the environment when not disposed of safely.
All residential properties will have a 140L rubbish bin and a 240L recycling bin. Properties that are rated as a detached home and between 250m2 and 4000m2 will also receive a 240L green waste bin. Rubbish bins are collected weekly and recycling and green waste bins are collected on alternate fortnights.
The City of Ballarat Transfer Station can take green waste, hard waste, recycling, and chemical waste. The Transfer Station remains open and is accepting cash payments again, along with vouchers from residents and card-based payments.
The contents of your rubbish bin go directly to our landfill in Smythesdale. Taking rubbish to landfill is the least preferred way to get rid of rubbish in Australia. The City of Ballarat is here to help reduce how much waste is going to landfill. Your rubbish bin should only have household waste that cannot be recycled through your yellow or green lid bins, or other recycling options such as REDcycle.
Turning over a new leaf
Creating compost with your autumn leaves is easy and a win-win. The City of Ballarat is encouraging residents to play their part in our annual autumn leaf clean-up.