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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.  

Re-Use Shop

The Re-Use Shop at Barretta provides a wide range of pre-loved goods at affordable prices.

The Re-Use Shop accepts and sells any item that can be re-used in any way.  The list of items which are available include:

  • kitchen items
  • furniture
  • working electrical items (they will be checked)
  • clothing
  • rugs
  • sporting equipment
  • lawn mowers
  • gardening tools
  • other gardening items
  • timber
  • dog kennels
  • corrugated iron
  • barbeques
  • building supplies
  • books
  • DVD's
  • collectables
  • toys
  • homewares
  • ...and so much more!

Televisions and refrigerators are accepted if they are in good working order.

The Re-Use Shop does not accept any perishable items, broken items like electrical goods or mirrors and definitely no old computers or old style monitors. 

There is ample parking available for bargain hunters and those dropping off their goods are asked to do so at the recycling drop off area.  Our staff can assist with both loading and unloading and for those large items; we can also help with a forklift. 

Visits to the Re-Use Shop are free-of-charge for customers who are not delivering any general rubbish.

The shop is a great way of ensuring products are being re-used to their maximum potential instead of going to landfill!

The shop is open seven days a week, including public holidays (except Good Friday and Christmas Day) from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Contact us on (03) 6267 1522.



Chosen big ticket items will now be open to bids from customers at the Re-Use Shop at Barretta.

Selected items will be publish on Kingborough Council's social media channels, and bids will run for two weeks. All bids must be received in person at the Re-Use shop and staff will notify the successful bidder.

Jon Wisbey, Manager KWS, said this is an exciting new initiative, created by staff at the shop. "Staff wanted to give more visitors the opportunity to bid on big ticket items, as they are usually out of the door they day they arrive," he said. "There will only be on big item up for bid at a time and all bids are welcome in the Shop."