Yarra's recycling drop-off centre

COVID-19 update 

Yarra’s recycling drop-off centre is now open and operating with a COVID-Safe plan.

  • Social distancing and masks are required
  • Extended wait times are likely in the first few days of reopening

We thank you for your patience.

Location and opening hours

Our recycling drop-off centre is located at 168 Roseneath Street, Clifton Hill, about 35 metres east of the entrance to the main Council depot.

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday between 8:30am–3:45pm (excluding public holidays)
  • Saturday and Sunday 9:00am–4:45pm

What can I recycle at the drop off centre? 

You can recycle a lot of things at the drop-off centre that you can’t put into your household recycling bin. 

  • Batteries (household)
    Used batteries are sent to MRI E-cycle Solutions for recycling. 
    They are exported to their recycling partner in Korea. Over 80% of materials are recovered for reuse, including cobalt, lithium, and nickel. Materials that can't be recovered are disposed of safely into approved landfill sites. All exports are under government issued hazardous waste and dangerous goods permits.
  • Batteries (car)
    Household quantities only.
    Car batteries are sent to Ariel Batteries where they're separated into different components. The lead is separated from the polypropylene (plastic case) and melted down in a furnace, and used to manufacture new batteries. The plastic case is washed and recycled. The acid is treated and neutralised. New car batteries are typically made with up to 80% recycled materials.

  • Bike tyres and tubes
    All bike tyres and tubes collected are recycled at Tyrecycle at their processing facility at Somerton.
    100% of the rubber is recycled into either a rubber granule or a finer material called rubber crumb. The crumb and the granule are then made into a range of products including athletics tracks, playground and non-slip matting surfaces, building insulation, road construction, and new tyre manufacturing.
  • Cameras and photographic equipment
    Collected cameras and equipment are sent to Norstar Steel Recyclers. After processing, recycled metal is sold as a raw material to local and international end users. 
  • Cardboard
    Clean and dry cardboard only.
    Cardboard is sent to Australian Paper Recovery in Laverton for sorting. It then goes onto local Victorian industry to make apple packing and egg boxes. 
  • Comingled or mixed recycling (yellow-lidded bin)
    Items we accept in the yellow recycling bin can also be dropped off at our recycling drop-off centre:
    • Paper
    • Cardboard
    • Aluminium cans
    • Tins and foil
    • Plastic bottles labelled 1 and 2 (clean, empty and no lids)
    • Plastic packaging labelled 5

    Please separate these items into different groups at the drop-off point so they're ready to be recycled. Collected materials are transported to a recovery facility in Dandenong, and are sold to local markets for recycling both in Australia and overseas.
  • Computer waste
    Including: desktops, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, disk and CD drives and other computer parts.
    Computer waste is sent to Tech Collect and broken down into separate materials. They are recycled into things such as key boards, garden equipment, glass bottles, windows, car bodies, copper tubes and jewellery.
  • Electrical equipment
    Including: stereo equipment, CD players, DVD and VCR recorders, kettles, toasters, blenders and any other electrical items with a cord.
    Electrical equipment is sent to Norstar Steel Recyclers. After processing, recycled metal is sold as a raw material to local and international end users. 

  • Gas bottles 
    Gas bottles are recycled by Cyl-Safe, a Work Safe approved company that decommissions cylinders making them safe and ready for melting the metal and recycling it into new products.
  • Glass jars and bottles
    Clean and empty, with no lids. Glass jars and bottles are sent to a material recovery facility in Dandenong for colour sorting.
    Good quality glass is then sent to Owens Illinois for recycling back into new glass bottles and jars for use by local brewing and food manufacturing industry.
    Lower quality glass which cannot be made into new glass bottles and jars, is sent to the Alex Frazer Group to be used as a sand replacement for road resurfacing and other construction projects throughout Victoria. 
  • Light bulbs
    The mercury is removed and the remaining glass goes to landfill.

  • Metal and steel
    All metal and steel is sent to Norstar Steel Recyclers. It's broken down through a variety of methods, including sorting, shredding, shearing, oxy cutting, baling and compacting. After processing, the recycled metal is sold as a raw material to local and international end users. 
  • Mobile phones and accessories
    Mobile phones and accessories are sent to Mobile Muster here in Melbourne where they are sorted and disassembled into components: batteries, printed circuit boards, casing, screens, accessories and packaging. 
    • Glass is melted, crushed and used to produce new glass products or as a replacement material in road base and construction
    • Aluminium is melted in a furnace and the liquid aluminium is then placed in moulds to create new aluminium products
    • Precious metals including gold, silver, palladium, platinum and copper are separated, extracted and processed to be reused again
    • Lithium batteries are processed to recover valuable materials including steel and a mixed metal compound of graphene, nickel, cobalt and lithium that can be used to make new batteries
    • Plastic is processed into pellets and turned into new products like pallets 
  • Oil and solvents
    Maximum 5L in containers with secured lids per drop-off. We accept up to 5 litres of cooking oil, engine oil, and solvents per drop-off.
  • Paint
    Maximum 5x20 litre containers per drop-off. Lids must be secured. Collected paint containers are sent to Paint Back and the packaging and waste liquid are separated.
    The containers are recycled and the waste paint is used to recover energy for solvent and liquid/solid separation for water-based paint.
  • Plastic – hard
    Hard plastic that holds its shape, e.g. garden pots, storage container, buckets, laundry baskets, wheelie bins, household bins, compost bins, bread and milk crates, toy sandpits/swimming pools, blue and black electric cable reels, truck mudguards/car bumper bars. 
    These hard plastics are sent to GT Recycling for processing into plastic pellets that go into bins, buckets, pots and garden edging. 
  • Plastic – bottles
    Plastic bottles labelled type 1 and 2. They must be empty, clean and have lids off.
    Collected plastic bottles are sent for sorting at Australian Paper Recovery in Laverton. Bottles are recycled back into new plastic bottles at a facility in New South Wales.  
  • Polystyrene
    Household quantities only.
    Using a special thermal compaction unit, expanded polystyrene is processed at our recycling drop-off facility into moulded compacted polystyrene product reducing the overall volume by 90%.
    This saves costs associated with transporting large volumes of low weight material, making it viable to collect for recycling.
    Compacted polystyrene is sent to IS Recycling who then export to a pelletizing facility. These pellets are then used to manufacture a range of products including construction materials, flooring and picture frames. 
  • Printer and toner cartridges
    Printers and cartridges are broken down into components to be made into something new. The plastic is sent to a processing plant where it is melted down and incorporated into a wide range of products e.g. ink cartridges, pens, mouse mats, disposable cups and pencil cases. 
    The remaining toner in the cartridge is used in an innovative paving product called TonerPave. The metal parts are also processed and used again.
    Any other remaining parts are processed together and used to create eWood, a synthetic timber which can be used just as natural wood can for a range of projects such as furniture, sheds and fencing products.
  • Soft plastics 
    We are trialling the collection of a limited amount of soft plastics. These soft plastics are taken to Closed the Loop and Downer for processing into plastic pellets and incorporated in asphalt.
    We need your help to keep out the contamination. Please only include clean and empty soft plastics such as supermarket checkout bags, freezer bags, postal bags, cling wrap, newspaper plastic wrap, shrink wrap, pasta/rice/bread/biscuit outer bags (not shiny or metallised), frozen food, bubble wrap, plastic pockets. 

  • Televisions
    Televisions are sent to Tech Collect and broken down into separate materials eg glass, steel, plastic. They are then recycled into things such as new TV, IT equipment.
  • X-rays and film 
    Collected x-rays and film are sent to MD Recovery. They are incinerated and all patient and confidential information is destroyed. Silver is then recovered from the ash residue. 

How to sort my recycling at the drop off centre

We have segregated disposal bins at the drop-off centre. It’s important to sort your recycling correctly, to ensure it will be accepted. When everything you drop off is clean, empty and sorted correctly, there is less risk of contamination and it’s easier to recycle the materials. 

Follow the signage at the recycling drop-off centre to ensure you sort your recycling into the right bins.

Who can use the recycling drop off centre?

The recycling drop-off centre is for the use of Yarra residents only. 

You may be asked for identification by the attendants at the recycling centre so please make sure that you have a copy of your rates notice or a driver's licence when attending the recycling centre. 

Businesses located in Yarra may drop paper and cardboard at the recycling centre. 

Do you accept hard rubbish and/or green waste? 

Yarra residents can book two free hard rubbish and unlimited green waste collections online. 

If you have other materials that you wish to dispose of, you can go to a public transfer station. Yarra does not have a transfer station but there are transfer stations located outside of Yarra. Please check with each facility for opening times and charges.

Recycled items available for collection

Mulch
Mulch is available on a first-come basis. The amount of mulch available varies and we cannot guarantee supply. Mulch is available to Yarra residents only and you will be asked for proof of residency. 

Paint
Paint is available to the public as part of the Paintback program. We're unable to control what colour, brand or volume is available at the time of collection. Chemicals such as solvents are not issued to anyone for reuse.

Where else can I recycle items? 

Check out our A to -Z Waste and Recycling Guide to learn how best to dispose of your waste and recycling in Yarra. 

Find out where else in Yarra you can recycle phones, clothing, batteries, home appliances or soft plastics using our zero waste map

More information 

For more information call Yarra City Council on 03 9205 5555 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au