Your local recycling drop off points

Our recycling drop-off centre in Clifton Hill is a great way to recycle items that can’t go into your home recycling bin – or if you have excess items to recycle. 

The recycling drop-off centre is located at 168 Roseneath St, Clifton Hill. The drop-off centre is for Yarra residents only. 

Opening hours are:

  • Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:45pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4:45pm

What can I recycle at the drop off centre? 

You can recycle a lot of things that 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.
    From here the battery are exported to their recycling partner in Korea where they recover over 80% of the materials like cobalt, lithium, nickel from the batteries for reuse.  Any materials that are not recovered are disposed safely into approved landfill sites. All exports are under government issued hazardous waste and dangerous goods permits.
  • Batteries (car)
    Household quantities only.
    Collected car batteries are sent to Ariel Batteries and they get separated into different components. The lead is separated from the polypropylene (plastic case) and fed into a furnace to be melted down. It is then used to manufacture new batteries. The polypropylene is washed and recycled and the acid is treated and neutralized. New automotive batteries are typically made with up to 80 percent recycled materials.
  • Cameras and photographic equipment
    Collected cameras and photographic equipment is sent to Norstar Steel Recyclers. Steel is broken down through a variety of methods, including sorting, shredding, shearing, oxy cutting, baling and compacting. 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 is then onto local Victorian industry to make apples packing and egg boxes. 
  • Comingled Recycling
    Comingled or mixed recycling (the same as your kerbside service) can now also be dropped off at our recycling centre. These material are transported to a material recovery facility in Dandenong for sorting. Once sorted the materials are each sold onto markets for recycling both in Australia and overseas.
    Please note however, the following items are not accepted in this collection and have their own separate recycling container at the drop off: 
    • Glass bottles and jars (clean, no lids)
    • Cardboard
    • Plastic milk and drink bottles (clean, no lids)
  • Computer waste
    E.g. desktops, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, disk and CD drives and other computer parts
    Computer waste is sent to MRI E-cycle Solutions and broken down into separate materials. They are then recycled into things such as key boards, garden equipment, glass bottles, windows, car bodies, copper tubes and jewellery. 
  • Electrical equipment
    E.g. 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. Steel is 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. 
  • Glass jars and bottles
    Clean and empty, with lids removed.
    Glass jars and bottles collected at the drop-off centre are sent to a material recovery facility in Dandenong for colour sorting. The good quality sorted 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 Alex Frazer 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.
  • 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 can be turned into new products like pallets. 
  • Paint
    Maximum 5x20 litre containers per drop-off.
    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 in a number of ways – including energy saving 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
    E.g. clean and empty milk bottles or drink bottles, with lids removed.
    Collected plastic bottles are sent for sorting at Australian Paper Recovery in Laverton. Bottles are then sent on for recycling back into new plastics 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 considerable costs associated with transporting large volumes of low weight material, making it now 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.
  • X-rays and film 
    Collected x-rays and film is sent to MD Recovery. It is 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, you minimise contamination and make it easier to recycle materials.

Follow the signage at the drop-off centre to ensure you drop off 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.

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

What about hard rubbish or green waste? 

You 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.

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

Where else can I recycle items? 

Find out where else in Yarra you can recycle phones, batteries, home appliances or soft plastics using our Zero Waste Map

More information 

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