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We are aware of Friday’s news about SKM and are working to find an alternative recycling provider. We are talking with the State Government to get the permission we need to do so. Sadly, recycling collections will still be diverted to landfill for now. We will update the community when there is a change.

In the meantime, residents are encouraged to only put their recycling bin out when full and to squash and flatten their recycling to fit more in the bin. The Resource Recovery Centre accepts some household recycling, but this must be clean and sorted. For more information and to view frequently asked questions, click here, and keep an eye on Darebin’s social media for regular updates.

No bin collections on Good Friday, Sunday 21 April and ANZAC Day. Deliveries will be a day later than usual for the week.

Easter and ANZAC Day Bin Collections 2019

Garbage Green Waste Recycling
Thursday, 18 April 2019 Normal Collections Normal Collections Normal Collections
Friday, 19 April 2019 (Good Friday) No Collections No Collections No Collections
Saturday, 20 April 2019 Friday Collections Friday Collections Friday Collections
Sunday, 21 April 2019 No Collections No Collections No Collections
Monday, 22 April 2019 Normal Collections Normal Collections Normal Collections
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 Normal Collections Normal Collections Normal Collections
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 Normal Collections Normal Collections Normal Collections

Thursday, 25 April 2019 (ANZAC Day)

No Collections No Collections No Collections
Friday, 26 April 2019 Thursday Collections Thursday Collections Thursday Collections
Saturday, 27 April 2019 Friday Collections Friday Collections Friday Collections

Your 2019 Recycling Calendar is now available online.

It includes helpful information about recycling and green waste recycling bin collection days, what you can recycle at home and other recycling options in Darebin. 

Download your East or West 2019 Recycling Calendar.

Printed calendars are also available from our Customer Service Centres, or you can call 8470 8888 to have one posted to you.

A day of healing and remembrance for the Stolen Generations

Aboriginal people of the Stolen Generations gathered with the community to commemorate the 11th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations at Preston Shire Hall on Wednesday 13 February.

The event was filled with personal and moving reflections on the pain, suffering and lifelong search for family, home and country that members of the Stolen Generations face.

Connecting Home Chairperson Ian Hamm spoke of the struggle this brings for him and other members of the Stolen Generations.

“It’s a journey that will not stop until the day you die,” Mr Hamm told the gathering.

“It just keeps going. It gets better, it gets worse.”

He also reflected on the Anniversary as a chance to remember the special bond members of the Stolen Generations share, and on the healing the Apology brought to so many members of the Aboriginal community and to the nation.

“It reminds me of the best of humanity, when Kevin Rudd said 'Sorry'. That day brought out the best of us.”

VACCA Deputy Chairperson Jason King said it was also a call to action to keep working for truth, justice and reconciliation.

“To understand why it happened and how it’s not going to happen in the future. And about making sure the impacts today are recognised.”

Darebin Mayor Susan Rennie said Council recognised the need to address past wrongs in the spirit of recognition, respect, justice and reconciliation.

"This is why, four years ago on 26 May 2015, Council launched the Stolen Generations Marker in front of our municipal offices, sharing this important chapter of Australian history with Darebin residents.

"To the Stolen Generation Elders and your families here this morning, our Council wishes to express how privileged and humbled we feel to be hosting such an important gathering.

"We recognise the need to address past wrongs, to allow for healing and hope through truth telling and to work together in helping build a fair future for all."

About 200 people filled the Preston Shire Hall to attend the commemoration, which was organised by Link-Up Victoria, VACCA, Connecting Home and Darebin Council. The gathering received a heartfelt Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony from Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Elder Aunty Di Kerr OAM and a didgeridoo performance from Stolen Generations member Andrew Travis.

Following closing reflections from Stolen Generations members, MC Eva Jo Edwards and singer-songwriter Brian Morley, the crowd made their way to the commemoration marker, the 'empty coolamon', outside Council offices on High Street, to each place a flower there, along with candles, to reflect and honour Stolen Generations members.

Read more about Aboriginal Victoria.


We’re taking action to reduce the harm, waste and pollution caused by single-use plastic items. We are also encouraging everyone in the community, including our residents and businesses, to make a commitment to eliminating single-use plastics.

Council endorsed a new policy on 26 February 2018 to eliminate the single-use plastic products at festivals and events located at Council venues and properties. The policy, which applies to all council owned buildings and venues, aims to reduce the alarming damage single-use plastic products are causing. 

Single-use plastic products have serious environmental, social and economic impacts. Eight million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in freshwater and marine environments every year and this plastic breaks down into tiny pieces which are increasingly being found in food consumed by humans and animals.

We also need to work hard to reduce our use of single-use plastics as recent overseas import bans on certain recycled products means that we need to address the waste in our own backyard.

The policy is committed to:

  • Eliminate single-use plastic bags
  • Eliminate single-use plastic plates, bowls, cups, straws, cutlery and take away food - containers
  • Eliminate bottled water, and provide alternative, free access to water
  • Avoid plastic packaging
  • Eliminate balloons at events
  • Reuse event materials where possible
  • Educate and guide event staff and audience on single-use plastic free practices
See Plastic Free Darebin for further details.

Free public WiFi is now available in our major shopping strips. Next time you’re out and about you will be able to browse social media, webpages, search for local businesses and read your emails.

Free Wi-Fi is now fully operational in the following shopping centres:

  • High Street, Preston
  • Station Street, Fairfield
  • Broadway, Reservoir
  • High Street, Northcote and Westgarth
  • Edwardes Street, Reservoir
  • Spring Street, Reservoir

For more detail on coverage areas please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

How do I access the Free Wi-Fi service?

  • Turn on Wi-Fi
  • Select “Free Darebin Wi-Fi” (in Preston, Fairfield and Reservoir) or “Darebin Free Wi-Fi” (in Northcote and Westgarth) and connect
  • Click on your internet browser from your menu page and select “sign in to Wi-Fi” when prompted
  • Accept the terms and conditions
  • Enjoy free Wi-Fi!


If you have problems accessing the service and need help, there are service technicians available, at or by calling:

  • Ph: 1300 765 543 for Preston, Reservoir, Fairfield
  • Ph: 1300 135 249 for Northcote and Westgarth

This free Wi-Fi service has been made available to you by Darebin City Council with the assistance of business owners and operators in the coverage areas and with the assistance of our industry partners Infrastructure Logic and Easyweb Digital.

Opportunities for Business

Businesses in Preston, Reservoir and Fairfield will be able to list and promote their businesses on a marketing portal (coming soon), this is already available in Northcote and Westgarth. 

If you would like to know how you can use the services to market your business products and services, please contact us.

Business Development

Ph: 8470 8344