Waste Management

Wheelie Waste Truck

Council's waste management program includes kerbside collections, transfer stations, public place waste management and community education. Over 4,000 tonnes of municipal waste and 1,200 tonnes of recycling are processed from residential and public litter bins and transfer stations across the shire each year. 

Northern Grampians Shire Council endorsed its Waste Management Strategy in June 2012. The Waste Management Strategy provides strategic direction for the provision of waste services by Council over the next five years.

The Waste Management Strategy identifies broad objectives for the nine key waste service areas and aims to provide equitable, cost effective services that comply with legislation to meet public health and environmental objectives.

Kerbside Services

Northern Grampians Shire Council provides a kerbside garbage and recycling collection service for townships and along rural collection routes. Council's Kerbside Waste and Recycling Brochure 2016-17(PDF, 3MB) includes information on what to recycle, bin placement and a recycling calendar.

Council will provide additional waste and/or recycling services upon request by the ratepayer. Council has set the following limits on the number of waste and recycling bins allowed for each rateable property: Residential/farm- maximum total of two waste & two recycling bins; Commercial/industrial- maximum total of three waste & three recycling bins; Not rated (as determined by Council)- no limit.

Damaged bins must be reported to Council, they will be repaired in the first instance (where possible).

Stolen or lost bins must be reported to Council. Council's process for the replacement of bins is the resident fills in the Stolen or Lost Bin Form, obtains a Statutory Declaration and returns the Form, Statutory Declaration and payment of $30.00 delivery fee (per bin) at Council's Customer Service Centre. Delivery of the replacement bin(s) will then be made by Council's collection contractor.


The Northern Grampians Shire Council encourages recycling with facilities available at its transfer stations and through kerbside collection in its townships and along rural collection routes.

Council's Kerbside Waste and Recycling Brochure 2016-17(PDF, 3MB) includes information on what to recycle, bin placement and a recycling calendar.

For further information please contact Council's Waste Management Officer or visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au

Transfer stations (tips)

Council has three transfer stations across the municipality, located in Halls Gap, St Arnaud and Stawell. 

Northern Grampians Shire Council introduced a uniform subsidy of transfer station gate fees in August 2014. The move will see transfer station users and Council eventually contribute an equal amount to the cost of waste management by 2016/17.
To achieve a standard of 50 per cent subsidy, most gate fees at the transfer stations will increase over the next three years as part of a phased process. On the 1 July 2016 the amount you are asked to pay at the transfer station gate will be equal to the amount that Council also contributes towards disposing/recycling that item.

For information on transfer station locations, opening hours, accepted items and gate fees please refer to

For tips on how to reduce your waste please refer to


Council also participates in the drumMUSTER program with services offered at:

  • Stawell Transfer Station, 36 Lavett Road, Stawell
  • St Arnaud Transfer Station (Tip), Old Wedderburn Road, St Arnaud

This program enables farm chemical users to dispose of their empty steel and plastic containers that have the DrumMuster logo printed on the container. Drums must be triple rinsed and dried, with no lids. Please refer to the relevant opening times of the three accepting transfer stations.

For more information on drumMUSTER visit their website at :



MobileMuster is a free not for profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories.  Residents are encouraged to return their old phones, either by dropping them off to a collection point or posting them to Mobile Muster.  For more information of MobileMuster visit their website at:


Commercial, Industrial and Non-rateable Exemptions from Garbage and Recycling Charges

To be eligible for an exemption from Council's kerbside collection charge, applicants must be operating a commercial business from a commercial premise, industrial business from an industrial premise or a property where Council has determined not to apply rates due to the nature of the organisation using the property and  demonstrate it has entered into a formal arrangement for a garbage and/or recycling collection service from a commercial contractor.

In addition to the above criteria, non-rateable properties can be exempt from the collection service with a statutory declaration from the organisation involved stating that the waste and recycle materials will be managed responsibly within its means.

For eligibility details, please refer to the policy(PDF, 205KB) and application form.

Please contact Council's Waste Management Officer for further information on 5358 8700.