Dispose of Your Waste Responsibly this Festive Season

The festive season is a fun time to enjoy with family and friends although can leave us with additional waste that may not fit or belong in the kerbside bins. This may cause collection issues if not disposed of correctly. Here are some helpful ways to dispose of your waste responsibly.

Christmas Tree

Here are some ways to recycle your living Christmas tree, so it can be used as valuable mulch:

  1. Have a clean out this summer and book a hard waste collection. Residents are entitled to two free hard waste collections each financial year.
    Please note: bookings may take up to two weeks in peak times.
  2. Drop your live tree off at the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre (charges apply).
  3. Arrange to have your tree mulched on site. Your neighbours may have a mulcher you can borrow, otherwise there are private contractors or you can hire a mulcher. Mulch is valuable to use either as compost or placed on your garden to assist retaining water in the soil.

Please note plastic trees cannot be recycled.

Recycling and Waste Centre 

Additional waste and recycling such as cardboard, glass bottles, aluminium, and steel can be taken to the Recycling and Waste Centre for recycling or disposal.

Visit the Recycling and Waste Centre webpage for a list of accepted items, fees may apply:

Battery and Electrical Waste (e-waste) Recycling

Did you receive new gadgets or toys this Christmas? Remember to dispose of e-waste and batteries responsibly. Avoid these items in kerbside bins, as they contain toxic substances and can start a fire in your bin, the collection truck or landfill/ the recycling facility.
Find out where you can recycle e-waste and batteries for free.

What can go in your kerbside bins?

If you are unsure what can go in your kerbside bins, visit the What Can Go in My Bin webpage.

Bin posters and stickers can also be downloaded from our Recycling Education Resources webpage.

Hard Waste 

Get rid of your bulky items or bundled branches and book a hard waste collection.

Residents can book up to two FREE collections for hard waste items and bundled branches each financial year. Book online or by calling the contractor on 9721 1915. Please note phone lines may be busy during peak times, residents are encouraged to book online to avoid delays.