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Waste & Recycling FAQs

We understand that many of our customers, especially if its your first time visiting us, will have a range of questions you’re looking for an answer to. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions regarding waste and recycling in the hope that you’ll find your answer here. If you have a question not answered in our recycling FAQs, we encourage you to give our team a call on (03) 9585 4385 and they will be happy to provide you with an in-depth answer to your question.

Does the free E-Waste disposal include all electronic items?

No. The free e-waste scheme only includes items as outlined by the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. This includes items such as Televisions, Computers, Printers and Computer parts and peripherals.

Read more about e-waste recycling here.

Is recycling free?

As much as we would like it to be, not all recycling is free. To view a full list of items that can be recycled for free, visit our do’s and don’ts page.

Is green waste free to recycle?

No. Green waste is not free to recycle because there is a labour involved with mulching the materials for reuse.
Read more about skip hire for green and garden waste disposal here.

Why are some items free to recycle while others aren’t?

This is because some recyclable items, such as mattresses, require further physical labour to transform them into a state fit for recycling. Therefore, the extra cost is used to pay our staff for their hard work!  Also, remember we are a transfer station and everything that comes in is transported out.

How clean does my recycling need to be?

When recycling food containers and boxes, the general rule is that small amounts of food left do not interfere with the recycling process. Therefore, we recommend giving jars and bottles a quick rinse after use and scraping any solid food scraps out of containers and boxes.

What should I do with bottle tops?

We recommend removing plastic bottle tops before recycling as they interfere with the recycling process. Steel tops should be gathered over time and collected in a can to be placed in recycling as they are too small to go into the sorting machine individually.

How can I best prepare for my visit to CopperRock?

The best way you can prepare for your visit to our transfer station is sorting your rubbish according to our recycling categories!  These are: e-waste, free recyclables, extra-cost recyclables and green waste. You can learn more about these on our do’s and don’ts page.

Can you take mattresses?

Yes, mattresses contain 90% recyclable materials! Since they need to be deconstructed to be recycled, discarding mattresses have an additional cost of $50 per mattress.

Read more about our mattress recycling process.

Can I get rid of non-recyclables at CopperRock?

Yes. However, charges apply to disposal of these.

Is the CopperRock facility a drive-up service?

Yes, when you arrive, you will first drive over the weighbridge and see our lovely weighbridge operators.  Then you will drive up to each different recycling station where our team will help you discard your waste.

I’m not able bodied. Will there be someone there to help me lift heavy items out of my car?

Of course! Our friendly team will be happy to help you take the waste out of your vehicle.

Should I sort my rubbish before visiting CopperRock?

Yes. You cannot sort your rubbish at CopperRock because the traffic flows in one direction, meaning you cannot reverse and put items into different drop off points and sort as you go. The different drop off points are:

  • Hard rubbish/ general waste
  • Steel
  • Paper
  • Bottles/ cans
  • Green waste
  • Rubble
  • E-Waste
  • DeTox Shed (paint/ fluoro tubes and globes/ batteries)

Can I recycle paint?

Yes. At CopperRock we accept the following paint and paint products:

  • Deck coatings and floor paints
  • Interior and exterior architectural paint
  • Packaging
  • Varnishes and urethanes (single components)
  • Wood coatings
  • Empty paint tins

Refer to Paintback’s site for a full list of accepted products.

Read more about paint recycling at CopperRock here.

Your Local Waste & Recycling Centre

CopperRock is conveniently based in the South-East suburbs of Cheltenham, Bayside.
That’s 20 minutes from Clayton, 30 minutes from Frankston, and 50 minutes from Melbourne.


CopperRock Partners

CopperRock work with a wide range of businesses and specialised recycling
plants to make sure your rubbish is repurposed or properly disposed of.

Skip Bin Hire

CopperRock offer an affordable, efficient and simple skip bin hire service, available to Bayside Melbourne residents.

We have a range of skip bins available for hire depending on the volume of waste you have and what you want to discard. To learn more about delivery times, pricing and skip bin dimensions, visit our skip bin hire page.

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Garden Supplies

Derived from our clients very own green & timber waste, CopperRock offer a range of high-quality garden supplies to Melbourne residents.

Our garden supplies centre is a hub for everything you need to refresh your garden. We offer everything from mulch, soil and sand through to pebbles and gravel. For more information and pricing, visit our garden supplies page.

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