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Reusing and Recycling Bonanza at Barretta 

Do you have any mobile phones, computers, paint tins or green waste to dispose of? The Barretta Waste Management Facility has introduced a number of recycling schemes and invites you to come along to find out more during the Garage Sale Trail and Free Green Waste weekend on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October.

Kingborough residents are invited to bring along green waste and garden clippings throughout the weekend free of charge, provided the size is less than five cubic metres. The green waste collected from the weekend is chipped at Barretta and sent to Brighton where it is processed into compost.

This program is a great opportunity to remove green waste, which could become a fire hazard during the bushfire season. It’s never too early to start planning for the next season and clearing your property, however permits may be required for clearing vegetation so if you are in doubt, seek advice from Council.

The popular MobileMuster is at Barretta and is a free take back service for unwanted mobile phones and accessories, making sure they do not end up in landfill. Barretta also hosts the TechCollect program, which is a free national recycling service for computers, computer accessories and TVs. Items which have re-sale potential will be refurbished and sold, with all other devices recycled and dismantled into their components.

Residents and trade painters are invited to dispose of waste paint and packaging at Barretta free of charge through the Paintback recycling scheme. Barretta is also hosting Tyrecycle, which is an initiative to recycle scrap tyres into alternate fuel and rubber crumb for the construction, manufacturing and automotive industries. The rubber waste material is initially processed in Brighton and then is sent to Tyrecycle Melbourne, where it is either supplied as alternative fuel or turned into granules or powders for reuse.

The Manager of Kingborough Waste Services (KWS) Stuart Baldwin invites the community to come along and learn more about the recycling schemes at Barretta and to take part in an exciting new initiative being offered on the Saturday. “We are offering Upcycling Workshops, where people can learn how to convert trash into treasure,” he said. “We have also organised a range of stalls with local artists, who specialise in transforming discarded materials into art and will have a sausage sizzle for guests to enjoy.”

The free disposal weekends are very busy and staff appreciates the patience of all visitors to the facility while they direct you around the site.

For more information on the Barretta free green waste weekend and recycling initiatives, contact Kingborough Waste Services on 6267 2337.  

Recycling and General Waste Barretta

Recycling Area

The recycling area at the Barretta Facility is easily accessible with ample parking allowing easy disposal of recyclables and drop offs for the Re-Use Shop.

The bins are large capacity and KWS staff are on hand to assist and ensure that goods dropped off meet recycling standards and are in fact saleable in the Re-Use Shop.

Items suitable for recycling include oil, batteries, glass bottles and jars, cardboard, paper and co-mingled which is plastic bottles and milk cartons.  

Customers visiting the recycling area only will not be charged and after they complete their recycling they can simply leave the site or if they wish visit the Re-Use shop prior to departing.


General Waste

Vehicles enter the Waste Transfer Station via the in-weighbridge and must stop at the toll booth where their vehicle is weighed and they are issued with a dallas key.  The dallas key records the vehicle weight details (except for green waste).   After dropping off their waste, vehicles exit the site stopping on the out-weighbridge and handing the dallas key to the toll both operator. Customers must pay either the minimum charge or the cost based on the weight difference.

There is a minimum charge of $7 which is based on the first 100 kilograms.

The general refuse disposal area is made up of eight bays.  Customers can dispose of their waste which will drop on to the walking floor.  The 25 metre walking floor takes half an hour to move from one end of the bays to the other end where the compactor is located. KWS staffs work at the middle of the walking floor and recover items suitable for recycling or resale in the Re-Use Shop to reduce further items going to landfill. 

A compactor is located at the end of the walking floor and compresses the waste as it slowly fills up.  Transport trailers are attached to the compactor and use a ‘live weigh’ system which provides accurate readings to ensure maximum loads are reached before transporting to the landfill site at Copping.  Ensuring maximum loads are reached each time the truck is ready to leave helps reduce transport costs.  More information on the operations of the landfill site at Copping can be found on the website, Southern Waste Solutions.


Green Waste

Vehicles can enter the green waste drop off area via the in-weighbridge.  Vehicles must stop at the toll booth where the weighbridge operator will estimate the charge at a cubic metre rate.  Payment is made at this point and customers are then directed to the green waste drop off point.   The cubic metre rate for green waste is calculated by the Length x Width X Height at the water level of the trailer.  If the green waste is stacked up higher than this level, the charges will increase.

Exiting the site after dropping off green waste is via the out-weighbridge.  There is no need to stop at the toll booth as payment has been completed.   Customers are asked to drive over the weighbridge as slowly as possible.

The green waste area is only for green waste!   GENERAL RUBBISH must not be dropped off in this area and the green waste must not be larger than 300mm in diameter.


Waste Not Accepted

We do not accept the following items at the Barretta Waste Transfer Facility:

  • Asbestos
  • Controlled (Hazardous) Waste
  • Household or Farm Chemicals (only clean drumMUSTER* containers are accepted)
  • Liquid Waste (such as septic sludge)
  • Clinical (Medical) Waste
  • Building and Construction Waste greater than 5m3

We are a drumMUSTER receival site.  Call us (03) 6267 2337 to arrange a drumMUSTER drop off. To find out more about drumMUSTER visit