Other Re-use & Recycling Services
Ararat Rural City Council offer a comprehensive range recycling services, primarily through their Transfer Stations (now called Resource Recovery Centres), although collection services in Ararat do provide a basic level of materials through their co-mingled pick-up.
The following items are placed into the co-mingled recycling stream:
- Newspapers, magazines and telephone books
- Schools & office paper
- Cardboard, cereal and food boxes
- Envelopes and junk mail
- Glass bottles and jars
- Almost all plastic containers
- Steel cans and empty aerosol cans
- Aluminium cans and clean foil and pie trays
- Milk and juice cartons
Consult the Related Document 'What to Recycle and What Not to Recycle in your Bin' and if in doubt leave it out.
Co-mingled Recycling can be dropped off at all Ararat Rural City Transfer Stations and customers should follow the same guidelines as ratepayers with a collection service.
Commercial and Industrial recycling is available through Downes Recycling in Ararat and VicWest Recycling in Stawell.
Tree residues, clippings and prunings can be delivered to Transfer Stations throughout the Municipality at a much reduced rate, provided it is free from contamination. Pots, wire and plastic bags must be kept separate. Whilst at some rural transfer stations this may be burned, the majority is shredded and composted and subsequently used as mulch under the regions grape vines.
Waste timber, with the exception of Copper, Chrome Arsenic (CCA) treated timber or old timber painted with lead paint is being stockpiled at Ararat Transfer Station. It is proposed that this be used in an exciting new project to convert this waste to renewable electricity using a gasifier, motor and generator.
Scrap steel, including old gas bottles are received at no cost at Transfer Stations throughout the Municipality.
Concrete, providing it is totally free of asbestos, can be taken to Ararat Transfer Station at a greatly discounted cost, compared with otherwise taking it to the Regional Landfill. The concrete is then crushed and used for road base.
Household chemicals can be taken to the permanent “Detox your Home” centre at Ballarat’s Transfer Station. On alternate years, “Detox your Home” pick-ups are held in either Ararat or Stawell if you can wait. Farmers should use the “Chemclear” arrangements to dispose of their chemicals.
Farm Chemical Containers
With the exception of Moyston, all Transfer Stations throughout the municipality receive “Drummuster” farm chemical containers, provided they are properly rinsed. Large quantities are best made by a prior appointment.
Electronic Waste (E-Waste)
A wide range of Electronic Waste is received at all Council Transfer Stations. Televisions and monitors bear a minor cost due to the high cost of disposing of the lead rich and phosphor coated glass.
Non-commercial quantities of tyres are received at all Council Transfer Stations. The high costs of disposal are passed on through the disposal charge.
Non-commercial quantities of waste oil is received at all Council Transfer Stations.