Sort your load and save time

Ever wondered what happens to the items you drop off at the Geelong or Drysdale Transfer Stations? Well, a lot of these items can be recycled if you drop them off correctly during your visit.

Sorting your load before you arrive at the transfer station will make your visit quicker and help us recycle even more items. Unfortunately, our staff don’t have the time or room to sort the items you bring to the transfer station, so we rely on you to sort your load before you leave home.

Watch out for the clearly marked signs or ask the friendly staff to help you find the correct drop-off point.

The landfill bins at the transfer stations should only be used when there are no recycling or reuse options. Items placed in these bins are sent to Council’s landfill at Drysdale, so please, get it sorted before you come to the transfer station.

Some common household items accepted at transfer stations and later recycled include;


The batteries are taken to Melbourne where they are sorted by chemistry type and sent on to recyclers in Australia and overseas.

Precious materials and resources are recovered from batteries including cadmium, lithium, nickel, silver oxide and zinc.

Batteries are recycled through the Detox your Home program.


Bikes in good condition are resold through the Recycle Shop. Located next door to the transfer station in Douro Street, the Recycle Shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Damaged and broken bikes are sent for recycling as scrap metal.

Electronic and electrical items with a cord, plug or battery are recycled through Infoactiv in Melbourne. The e-waste is specially treated to separate and remove precious metals such as tin, nickel, aluminium, copper, silver, gold, and platinum. When recycled correctly, materials and parts from e-waste can be recycled and reused endlessly.

Fluorescent lights

(Geelong Resource Recovery Centre only)

Fluorescent lights contain a small amount of mercury inside the glass tube. The lights are transported to reprocessing facilities where the metal, glass and mercury bearing phosphor powder are recovered and reused. Fluorescent lights are recycled through the Detox your Home program.


Mattresses are stripped back by hand at GDP Industries in North Geelong. Mattress filler is used as packaging for a local manufacturing business to transport its products, while the foam and latex is baled and later shredded to be used in carpet underlay.

Timber frames are separated from the springs and used as kindling. The springs are shredded by Sims Metal at its Melbourne facility so they can be melted down into new steel.


Paint is taken to specialist facilities in Melbourne for recycling. Water is removed from water-based paints and reused as a coolant in manufacturing.

Oil-based paints have a high calorific value, so they are blended to create an alternative fuel to replace coal in the manufacture of cement.

Metal paint tins and plastic packaging are recycled into new packaging.

Collection and recycling of paint is funded through the Paintback program.

Polystyrene packaging

(Geelong Resource Recovery Centre only)

GDP Industries in North Geelong sorts, shreds and melts the polystyrene into 15 kilogram cubes. The cubes are exported to China and used to make picture frames and cornice moulding which are exported to retailers including Target and Big W.

Lower quality polystyrene from fruit and vegetable boxes is shredded, baled, and used by local business, Newton Concrete Products for making outdoor pavers and traffic bollards.

Scrap metal

Sims Metal in North Geelong sorts and transports the scrap metal to its Melbourne facility for shredding. The shredded metal is then sold to Australian and international companies for use in making new steel products.


Car and truck tyres are shredded at Tyrecycle’s crumbing plant in Somerton in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Truck tyres are shredded into rubber crumb which is used on soft-fall surfaces, such as children’s playgrounds. The recycled rubber is also used under synthetic grass for softness on sporting grounds.

Scrap car tyres are shredded and exported by Terracyle for use as a tyre-derived fuel. Metal rims are separated from tyres and recycled.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 30 June 2021