National Recycling Week highlights recycling options

Monday, 4 November 2019

A growing number of community groups and businesses are joining the war on waste by setting up collection containers for items that can’t be recycled through the kerbside yellow-lidded bin.

These convenient drop-off points across Geelong ensure smaller items, many of which are replaced regularly, don’t end up in landfill.  

Planet Ark's National Recycling Week (11-17 November 2019) is an opportunity to take advantage of the recycling and reuse options available throughout the region.

Geelong business, Live Eco in Geelong West is accepting energy saving light globes, batteries, CDs, DVDs and mobile phones. They also accept toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes and dental floss containers, which are sent to Terracycle and reused to make products including playground equipment.

Urban Upcycle in Grovedale accepts a range of items that are reused as art and craft supplies during education programs with schools, kindergartens and childcare centres. The business also provides a free, local service to pick up waste from businesses that would be suitable for use in art and craft sessions.

Urban Upcycle is Geelong’s main collection point for bread tags and also accepts a long list of other items, but it’s advisable to call first to ensure they have a use for your item. All waste must be clean and in good condition.

Ocean Grove residents can pop down to the Susty Hub to drop off their soft plastics, bottle tops, pens, felt tips, highlighters, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. There’s also a scrap metal trailer permanently on site for metal tins, aluminium cans and household scrap metal.

The South Barwon Community Centre in Belmont has a permanent recycle station collecting hearing aids, stamps, prescription glasses and corks. The hearing aids are sent to developing countries for reuse, while prescription glasses are reused through the Lions Recycle for Sight program.

Planet Ark is again holding Buy it Back Day on 16 November 2019, and you’re encouraged to buy pre-loved or new products made from recycled material. Buying recycled products helps to close the recycling loop and supports the circular economy, rather than the take-make-throwaway economy.

And if you have something broken, before you buy a new replacement, check out if your item can be repaired. Drop in at one of the many Repair Cafés open this month:

Saturday 9 November 2019   Geelong Repair Café  St Luke’s Uniting Church, Highton  
Saturday 30 November 2019 Geelong West Repair Café  61 Candover Street, Geelong West  
Sunday 1 December 2019 Bellarine Repair Café 24 Sinclair Street, Ocean Grove 

Recycle for free

Drop off these items for free at the Geelong or Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre.

  • Televisions
  • Computer equipment and accessories
  • Small electrical appliances such as toasters, vacuum cleaners, and kettles
  • Paint
  • Car batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Whitegoods such as freezers, washing machines, dryers or fridges
  • Scrap metal

Mobile phones

Mobile phones can be dropped off for free at any of the many distribution centres run through the MobileMuster program. Locate your nearest outlet on the Mobile Muster website.

Recycling mattresses

Take advantage of the discount recycling mattress offer during November 2019.


Visit Terracycle form a wide range of recycling programs from toothbrushes and bread clips to coffee pods.


From your phone to your fridge, your laptop to your power drill, e-waste covers a wide range of items in your home and workplace.


Charities accept good quality clothing. Drop them off during business hours. Clothing can not be recycled through your household recycling bin.

DVDs and CDs

Drop off for free at Customer Service Centres

Metal products

Dropped off for free at either the Geelong or Drysdale Resource Recovery Centres.

Go online

Use the online directory to find disposal options for a wide range of products.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 5 November 2019