Geelong Resource Recovery Centre and Transfer Station

The Geelong Resource Recovery Centre is a waste and recycling drop-off service for residential customers that accepts a range of items not collected in household bin recycling, such as e-waste and paint.  

The free drop-off service is not intended for commercial quantities and is provided for Greater Geelong residents only.

Operating hours: 7:30am to 4:15pm daily
Location: Wadawurrung Country, 100 Douro Street, North Geelong
Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Contact: 03 5272 2613
  • Not what you are looking for? Visit our Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre page.
  • Victorian Container Deposit Scheme: While both Geelong and Drysdale Resource and Recovery Centres accept excess recycling they are not Victorian Container Deposit Scheme drop off points. Find your closest CDS location
Did you know? Each Geelong resident can drop off up to two natural Christmas trees free of charge at our Resource Recovery Centres from 25 December until 31 January. No plastic trees, pots or decorations accepted. 

The Recycle Shop

The Recycle Shop is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday).

Please observe the following conditions when you visit:

  1. People are to line up out the front and follow social distance procedures.
  2. No more than four people at a time to be inside the premises.
  3. One in one out for maximum period of 15 minutes.

Fees and service information

Customers should note there is a 3-tonne GVM load limit. To save yourself time at drop-off, follow these tips:

  • Sort materials in your load before you leave home.
  • Store like materials together in your vehicle or trailer.
  • Place green and other waste at the bottom of the load – keep recyclables on top.
Waste Disposal
From 1 July 2023
Car Boot
Vans (per cubic metre)
Single axle trailers (waterline)
Tandem Trailers (waterline) ... (minimum)
Utilities (heaped)...(minimum)
Single axle trailers (heaped) … (minimum)
Tandem Trailers (heaped) … (minimum)
Single axle trailers (caged) up to 1.5 cubic metres
Tandem Trailers (caged) up to 3 cubic metres
Caged Heaped
Single axle trailers (Up to 2 cubic metres)
Tandem Trailers (Up to 4 cubic metres)

Tyres: a maximum of six tyres per transaction


Car tyres up to 1 metre diameter
Car tyres on rims
Truck tyres
Mattresses (any size)
Residents can have up to 4 mattresses collected from their home for free each year. Visit our hard waste page to find out more.

Solar panels: a maximum of five panels per transaction, contact commercial recycler for larger quantities)

Fire extinguishers: up to two accepted free, fee applies for larger quantities  $6.50

Please note:

  • Trailer charges are based on $87.00 per cubic metre. Where variations in load type occur, a charge of $87.00 per cubic metre will apply.
  • All fees are GST inclusive.

Items eligible for free drop-off

The free drop-off service is not intended for commercial quantities and is provided for Greater Geelong residents only.

Excess household recycling

Small quantities of sorted recyclable material (up to 0.5 cubic metre) are accepted for free:

  • aluminium cans
  • cardboard (emptied, flattened, no plastic or styrofoam)
  • glass bottles and jars (no lids)
  • metal cans
  • plastic containers – rigid (labelled 1,2,4 and 5)
  • paper.

Unsorted recycling will not be accepted. 

Other items accepted for free

We accept domestic quantities of the following items for free:

  • car batteries
  • computer items and accessories
  • e-waste – small electrical items (see fee list for solar panels)
  • fire extinguishers (up to two accepted free, see fee list for larger quantities)
  • fluorescent tubes and lights
  • gas BBQ bottles (up to 9 kilograms)
  • hot water service
  • household batteries
  • machine and motor oil
  • cooking oil and container/s – maximum of 30 litres per transaction in maximum of 5-litre containers
  • motor oil – maximum of 30 litres per transaction. Container not accepted, if unwanted place in your red lid rubbish bin at home. 
  • paint and paint tins – domestic quantities (up to 100 litres per transaction)
  • polystyrene – applies to expanded polystyrene foam only
  • rigid plastic items, such as outdoor furniture
  • scrap metal items such as lawn mowers
  • small electrical items such kettles, hair dryers and toasters
  • televisions
  • tools
  • tyre rims (without tyres)
  • white goods – empty fridges, ovens, dryers, microwaves, washing machines and dishwashers (note: fridges must be set aside for correct removal of gases by certified plumbers).

We do not accept flares, hazardous liquids and chemical waste at either of our resource and recovery centres. 

Can't find what you're looking for?

To find out how to dispose of items not listed above, visit our recycling guide.

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Page last updated: Monday, 4 December 2023