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Waste facilities, charges and accepted items

Aerial view of the Castlemaine Transfer Station showing recycling areas.

Find out about local waste management facilities including charges, asbestos, prohibited waste and the Landcare Levy.

Waste management facilities

Council operates two waste management facilities, also known as landfill and transfer stations.

Castlemaine Waste Facility
Sluicers Road, Castlemaine
03 5470 5348
Monday to Sunday 8:00 am to 4.00 pm
(Except Total Fire Ban days, Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday)

Payment methods:
EFTPOS and Credit Cards accepted
Note: cash and cheques are not accepted.

Maldon Transfer Station
Morris Street, Maldon
03 5471 1700
Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 1.00pm; Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 1.00pm
(Except Total Fire Ban Days, Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday)

Payment method: Cash only. Cheques are not accepted.

Please note the Castlemaine and Maldon waste facilities are in the North Central Fire District. The waste facilities will be closed on Total Fire Ban days or at short notice to protect public safety as required if conditions deteriorate. More information can be found on the Fire Prevention - Fire Ready page.

To find about what goes in each bin, what you can recycle, and how to dispose of different types of waste read our Recycling and Waste Guide page. To help you save time and money at the Waste Facility please also refer to the 'Sort your load before you go' section below.

Free mulch

Council is offering residents free mulch at all council transfer stations while stocks last.

The mulch is produced from green waste dropped off at council’s Castlemaine transfer station. Therefore, there is no guarantee of quality or the mulch being free of weed seeds.

Residents will need to provide proof that they live in the shire, such as a driver's license or
rates notice.

This is a first-come, self-load offer. Residents should bring their own shovel, containers or trailer, and protective clothing.

There are many benefits to using mulch. It can be used to stop soil drying out, prevent
weeds and it also helps improve soil conditions for the root zone of plants.

Waste transfer station locations and opening hours are detailed below.


Type of waste Charge for residents
Glass bottles and jars FREE
Aluminium, steel and aerosol cans FREE
Plastic bottles, tubs and containers from kitchen and bathroom FREE
Milk and juice cartons FREE
Scrap steel FREE
Automotive Batteries FREE
drumMUSTER labelled empty agricultural and vet chemical containers FREE
Paper and cardboard. *Household quantities: no charge if clean and less than a trailer load (6’ x 4’) equivalent to 0.7 m3 FREE*
Paper and cardboard Trailer (6' x 4') equivalent to 0.7 m3 $15.20 / trailer
Paper and cardboard from small – medium local businesses only. Large commercial bulk loads will not be accepted. $20.30 / m3
General Waste (m3) $69.00 / m3
General Waste (tonne) $196.00 / tonne
General Waste Trailer (6' x 4') equivalent to 0.7 m3 $47.70 / trailer
General Waste Trailer (6' x 4') heaped equivalent to 1.5 m3 $105.00 / trailer
General Waste Trailer (8' x 5') equivalent to 1.2 m3 $83.00 / trailer
General Waste Trailer (8' x 5') heaped equivalent to 2.4 m3 $166.00 / trailer
Commercial / Industrial $220.00 / tonne
Asbestos (packaged domestic) $250.00 / tonne
Green Waste (m3) $22.80 / m3
Green Waste Trailer (6' x 4') equivalent to 0.7 m3 $15.70 / load
Green Waste Trailer (6' x 4') heaped equivalent to 1.5 m3 $33.50 / load
Green Waste (tonne) $43.60 / tonne
Motor Bike and Car Tyres $10.70 / tyre
Motor Bike and Car Tyres with Rims $30.50 / tyre
Truck Tyres $36.50 / tyre
Truck Tyres with Rims $44.50 / tyre
Tractor Tyres $76.10 / tyre
Motor Oil for Recycling $0.50 / litre
Gas Bottles (small) $11.70 / item
Mattresses or Bed Bases (any size) $26.90 / item
E-waste - Category 1 (per item) EXTRA LARGE (e.g. large TV, monitor, microwave, white goods) $20.80 / item
E-waste - Category 2 (per item) LARGE (e.g. printer, fan, laptop) $10.70 / item
E-waste - Category 3 (per item) MEDIUM (e.g. power tool, tablet, toaster, kettle, hair dryer) $5.10
E-waste - Category 4 (per item) SMALL (e.g. mobile phone, toy with electrical cord, small computer part) $1.00

Sort your load before you go

Did you know you can recycle a wide range of materials at the Castlemaine Waste Facility and by taking a little extra time to sort your load before you leave home, you can save yourself plenty of time by easily disposing of the different materials at each of the designated collection points.

The Castlemaine Waste Facility has a large co-mingled recycling collection point which collects paper products, rigid plastics (excluding polystyrene), glass bottles and jars, steel cans and household aluminium.

You can also recycle timber, scrap metal, green waste, building rubble, waste oil and filters, car batteries, electronics, mattresses and the list goes on.

Specialised items including chemicals, batteries and light globes can be recycled at various places within the shire. For a list of these recyclables, see our Recycling and Waste Guide page which provides information on what bin different waste items need to go in.

For a detailed list of the separation categories, see the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group website.

Tips and tricks

• Check - check ahead to find out what can be recycled.
• Sort and separate - sort your load so it is easy for the operator to see what will be recycled and make it easier to unload.
• Secure – secure your load with appropriate straps and covers to reduce roadside litter and ensure safety of all road users.

How are the charges calculated?

Waste disposal costs are affected by a number of factors, distance from recycling hubs, general populations, size of the landfill and infrastructure. Council relies on a range of methods to come up with the item costs for depositing waste materials. We work closely with the operator, bench mark against other Councils (with landfills), use quotes from the industry and calculate actual costs for each service (including landfill levies imposed by the Environmental Protection Authority). The service charges are reviewed and checked each year.

Commercial waste disposal

Please note that the Maldon Transfer Station and the Castlemaine Waste Management Facility do not accept commercial quantities of waste.

If you are unsure and require more information, please contact Council on 5471 1700.


You can take domestic quantities of asbestos to the Castlemaine Landfill for disposal. Domestic quantities are defined as 'no more than half a cubic metre'.

When disposing of asbestos you must follow the following procedures:

1. Call the Landfill on 5470 5348 to arrange a suitable time to deliver the material.
2. Double wrap all asbestos in industrial plastic (for example the thick black plastic available by the metre from hardware stores).
3. Make sure each parcel is small enough to be carried by one person.
4. Make sure each parcel is completely sealed with tape.

For further information, please visit the Victorian Asbestos website.

Prohibited wastes

  • Liquid wastes with the exception of waste oils which can be disposed of for recycling at Castlemaine Landfill – a fee applies
  • Soluble chemical wastes
  • Infectious wastes, pharmaceutical wastes and pathogenic wastes
  • Triple interceptor trap waste
  • Grease trap waste
  • Used chemical containers which have not been triple rinsed of chemical residues, crushed and punctured
  • Prescribed wastes as defined in the "Environment Protection Regulations" (1987), other than:
  • Solid inert waste, domestic garbage, putrescible waste (other than domestic garbage), asbestos in commercial quantities (more than half a cubic metre), low level contaminated soils - all queries regarding the dumping of contaminated soils should be directed to Infrastructure Unit.

What is the Landfill levy?

Landfill owners must submit quarterly and annual statements to the Environment Protection Authority (Landfill Levy Statement), declaring the amount of waste received at the waste facilities. These statements determine the levy amount payable. The landfill levy is collected by the EPA to provide additional and ongoing funding to support efforts by government, industry and the community to reduce waste. Landfill levies create an incentive for waste generators to investigate ways to reduce the amount of waste they generate and dispose of to landfill. The current and future levy rates are set by the EPA and can be found on the EPA website.

For further information or to speak with a member of our Infrastructure Team contact us.

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