Resource Recovery Centre (Tip)

The resource recovery centre accepts a range of materials for recycling or safe disposal. The centre is also a permanent drop-off facility for hard to recycle items such as batteries, light globes and paint.

A list of items you can drop off at the Resource Recovery Centre.

What can I recycle or safely dispose at the Resource Recovery Centre?

The Darebin Resource Recovery Centre accepts domestic quantities of the following items for free:
  • Aluminium cans and tins
  • Clothing
  • Car and household batteries
  • Cooking oil
  • Computers and televisions
  • Computer peripherals (e.g. keyboards, printers, hard drives, mouses)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Light globes and tubes 
  • Paint 
  • Paper and cardboard (boxes must be flattened, remove any packing material from inside)
  • Steel and scrap metal

Charges apply for general waste and items such as tyres, gas bottles, fridges and air conditioners, garden waste, electronic waste (e-waste), motor oil, mattresses and building materials. See the 2020-2021 Resource Recovery Centre Fees and Charges brochure to determine what your drop off will cost. 

More information on electrical waste (e-waste) can be found here.

What is not Accepted?

Darebin Resource Recovery Centre will not accept:

  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals - these can be disposed of for free at a Detox Your Home drop off day.
  • Medical and liquid waste
  • Hot ashes
  • Prescribed waste

For further information phone 9462 3455.

The Resource Recover Centre (Tip) on Kurnai Avenue, Reservoir is usually open 7 days a week from 8am to 3.30pm.

Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
Kurnai Avenue (off Henty Street), Reservoir
Melway Map Reference: 18 C6

Opening Hours
Resource Recovery Centre (open to the public from Wednesday 28 October)
Monday to Friday 8am to 3.30pm, 7 days a week (closed on all public holidays and from 11am on Christmas Eve)
The Centre is subject to closure during strong windy conditions. Please phone 9462 3455 prior to arrival if the weather appears very unpredictable.

Outlook Second Hand Shop (open to the public from Wednesday 28 October)
8.30am to 3.30pm, 7 days a week (closed on all public holidays)

COVID-19 Notice
The Darebin Resource Recovery Centre (DRRC) and the Outlook Market Second Hand Shop will be open to the public from Wednesday 28 October 2020. The following COVID-19 measures are consistent with Victorian Government guidelines and are in place to keep everyone safe:

  • No mask no entry
  • One visit per day, for a maximum of 20 minutes, per customer
  • A maximum of 30 people at a time in the Outlook Shop
  • Temperature check required for entry to the Outlook Shop and/or DRRC
  • First name and phone number will be recorded for entry to the Outlook Shop and/or DRRC. This is to assist any potential contract tracing
  • Hand sanitising station will be provided at the shop entry
  • Some tipping bays have been blocked at the DRRC to maintain social distancing. Customers will be notified of wait times upon entry before paying.

To learn more about how to manage your waste during this challenging time, and for more info on the DRRC, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.

Fees and Charges

See the 2020-2021 Resource Recovery Centre Fees and Charges Brochure to determine what your drop off will cost. Charges apply for general waste and items such as tyres, gas bottles, fridges and air conditioners, electronic waste (e-waste), green waste, motor oil, mattresses and building materials.

Some items are accepted free of charge.

The Outlook Market is a shop run by Outlook Environmental at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre which sells recycled goods.

The shop will accept good condition furniture, timber, building material, clothes, toys, games, tools, household fixtures and furnishings, collectables, books, CDS, DVDs and plants.

Check with the shop before coming if you are unsure if they will accept your items

Further Information:
Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
Ph: 9462 3455
Website Outlook Environmental

Safe options for recycling e-waste such as televisions, computers, mobile phones, kitchen appliances and white goods.

Electronic waste (e-waste) contains valuable resources we can reuse, as well as hazardous materials that are bad for the environment. 

The state-wide electronic waste ban is here

To help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government has banned e-waste from going to landfill as of Monday 1 July 2019.

We are working with the Victorian Government to support the implementation of the e-waste ban. Click here for more information

What is electronic waste?

E-waste (electronic waste) is anything that has a plug, battery or power cord and is no longer wanted or working. This includes mobile phones, digital cameras, computers and tablets, household appliances, power tools and electronic toys, and their accessories. 

Browse a full list of electronic waste items here.

Why recycle e-waste?

E-waste is growing 3 times faster than the rate of standard waste. Recycling e-waste not only prevents hazardous substances leaching into soil and water, it saves valuable energy and natural resources required to make new products. Click here to find more information on e-waste recycling and why it is important.

Where can I take my e-waste in Darebin?

Computer and TV Recycling

You can recycle your old TVs and computers for free at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre and through the Hard Waste and Recycling Collection Service. This service is provided as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Accepted items include:

  • TVs
  • Computers
  • Laptops, notebooks and tablets
  • Small servers, hard drives, cables, internal power supplies
  • Computer peripherals: mice and keyboards
  • Printers, scanners and faxes

Select Officeworks stores also accept computers and IT products for free recycling. See here for more information and locations.

NOTE: Don't forget to remove your personal information from your device before recycling. Click here to find out how.

Mobile Phones, Digital Cameras and Accessories

Mobile phones, digital cameras and their accessories (including cords and batteries) can be recycled for free at Council's Community Recycling Stations. Alternatively you can recycle mobile phones through Mobile Muster which allows you to drop your old mobiles at a number of locations, or you can arrange to post your device by mail.

NOTE: Don't forget to remove your personal information from your mobile phone or camera before recycling. Click here to find out how.


See the Whitegoods Recycling page for more information on where to recycle whitegoods like fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers.

Toner and Printer Cartridges

Used toner and printer cartridges can be recycled for free through Planet Ark at participating stores, including:

  • Australia Post
  • Officeworks
  • Harvey Norman
  • The Good Guys

To find your nearest participating store, visit Planet Ark - Recycling Near You


Household batteries can be taken to Council's Community Recycling Stations and select Aldi stores for free recycling. Household quantities only.

Car batteries and other batteries can be dropped off at the Resource Recovery Centre for free recycling.

Other E-waste Recycling Options

E-waste is accepted in the Hard Waste and Recycling Collection Service.

The Resource Recovery Centre also accepts e-waste for recycling year-round. Note - there may be a charge for some items. Click here for gate charges.

Visit 'Recycling Near You' to search for other e-waste recycling options across Victoria.

Watch this short video for more info on e-waste!

Watch the "Take your e-waste to a better place" video.

Household chemical and medical waste needs to be disposed of carefully.

Darebin Resource Recovery Centre accepts the following items free of charge:

  • Fluro lighting tubes
  • Paint (including spray paint) 
  • Car and household batteries

Residential quantities only. No other household chemicals will be accepted. This is a free service for Victorian householders. Businesses are not eligible to use this service. 

Medical waste and medication

Medical waste should be disposed of in an approved medical waste bin. 

You can take unused medication (prescription and non-prescription) to your local pharmacy for safe disposal. For more information visit the Return Unwanted Medicines website. Incorrectly disposing of medicine or chemicals, such as disposing of them in a toilet or drain, can pollute our waterways and can be dangerous.

Syringes must be disposed of in an approved sharps container

Chemical Waste

Reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and fire hazards, and improve recycling rates, by dropping off unwanted household chemicals at Sustainability Victoria's free Detox Your Home drop off day.

For more information read our Detox Your Home article or visit Sustainability Victoria.

Smoke Alarms

Domestic smoke alarms can be disposed of in the general household waste bin.

Domestic smoke alarms can be disposed in normal household rubbish.  Domestic smoke alarms are not included in the e-waste requirements that came into force on 1 July 2019.  They must not be crushed, shredded or dismantled in anyway as some contain a small amount of radioactive material.

Smoke alarms used for commercial or industrial purposes or those containing more than than 40 kilobecquerel of Americium-241 or that contain any other radioactive substance must be returned to the supplier for disposal.

For further information on the safe disposal of smoke detectors contact the Radiation Safety Section, Department of Health and Human Services, phone 1300 767 469.

Drop off unwanted chemicals at the Victorian Government's FREE chemical drop-off service

Reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and fire hazards, and improve recycling rates by safely disposing of your unwanted household chemicals. There are nearby Detox Your Home mobile chemical drop-off services each year.

Upcoming collections:

The next Detox Your Home drop-off service in Reservoir will be held in 2021 at Darebin Council Works Depot (Carawa Drive). Please note, this event is not held at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre. 

Detox Your Home events are now drive-through (no walk-ins) and contactless, supported by a COVIDSafe plan. This service is for household chemicals only.

Visit the Sustainability Victoria website to find locations and drop off days across Victoria or calling 1300 363 744.

In 2020 3.77 tonnes of unwanted hazardous chemicals were collected!

Accepted items:
Any of the products listed below can be taken to Detox Your Home drop offs points.

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Anti-freeze
  • Aerosol cans (empty cans can be placed in your household recycling bin)
  • Brake fluid
  • Car body filler
  • Car wax
  • Ammonia based cleaners
  • Cooking oil
  • Coolant
  • Detergents, disinfectants and drain cleaners
  • Fertiliser
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Floor-care products and waxes
  • Fuel (petrol, diesel, kerosene)
  • Glue (water-based and solvents)
  • Herbicides and weed killers
  • Insect spray/pesticides
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint stripper, thinner and turps (paint is not accepted)
  • Pool chemicals
  • Rat poison
  • Solvents
  • Transmission fluid
  • Wood preservatives and finishes (timber coatings, oils,  varnish)

Click here to find a list of items that are not accepted.

Please note: Paint is not accepted at the annual Detox Your Home drop-off. It is accepted for free at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre year-round.

Medication waste (prescription and non-prescription) can be disposed of safely by returning it to your local pharmacy. For more information go to ReturnMed.