Resource Recovery Centre (Tip)

The Centre accepts household materials which can be recycled or need special disposal. The Permanent Drop Off Facility allows you to deposit a range of materials eg. Batteries, paint and light globes, free of charge.

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

What Can I Recycle at the Resource Recovery Centre?

The Darebin Resource Recovery Centre accepts domestic quantities of the following items for free:
  • Scrap metal
  • Recyclable materials (cardboard, plastic, glass bottles) that you can’t fit in your household recycling bin (yellow lid). Note - the centre does not accept cardboard with packaging (eg. polystyrene) inside.
  • Televisions, computers and computer peripherals. See more information below. 
  • Paint 
  • Batteries
  • Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)

Charges apply for other items, including gas bottles.

See the full list of items and the fees and charges 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

Recovery Centre: 8am to 3.30pm  

7 days a week (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day. Christmas Eve closed at 11am).

The Centre is subject to closure during strong windy conditions. Please phone 9462 3455 prior to arrival if the weather appears very unpredictable.

Second Hand Shop: 8.30am to 3pm

7 days a week (closed on all public holidays)


Fees and Charges

See the 2019-2020 Resource Recovery Centre Fees and Charges Brochure to determine what your drop off will cost.

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.
• You can recycle cameras and accessories through Camera Recycling Australia.

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 batteries

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


Medical waste should be disposed of in approved medical waste bins. Incorrectly disposing of medicine or chemicals can pollute our waterways and can be dangerous. Take unused medicines to your local pharmacy for safe disposal. For more information visit the Return Unwanted Medicines.

Unused medicines can also be disposed of at local household chemical collection days. For more information visit Sustainability Victoria or call 1800 353 233.

Detox Your Home

Reduce the risk of poisoning, environmental pollution and fire hazards, and improve recycling rates by dropping off unwanted chemicals at the Victorian Government's FREE, one day, chemical drop-off service.

There are nearby Detox Your Home chemical drop-off services each year in:

  • Epping - Saturday, 8th September 2018
  • Reservoir - Saturday 3rd November 2018 

You can register for these collections online or by calling 1300 363 744.  Registration is required to manage the traffic flow and avoid queues on the day, which means that you can get in and out quickly.

Items accepted by the mobile service

Any of the products listed below can be taken to Detox Your Home annual drop-off.

Products accepted at permanent drop-off sites (eg, the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre), in particular, paint, will not be accepted at the annual Detox Your Home drop-off.

•Acids & alkalis
•Aerosol cans (empty cans can be placed in your household recycling bin)
•Brake fluid
•Car body filler
•Car wax
•Cleaners - ammonia based
•Cooking oil
•Detergents, disinfectants & drain cleaners
•Fire extinguishers
•Floor-care products & waxes
•Fuels - petrol, diesel, kerosene, other
•Glues - water-based & solvents
•Herbicides & weed killers
•Insect spray/pesticides
•Nail polish & remover
•Oven cleaner
•Paint stripper, thinner & turps
•Pool chemicals
•Rat poison
•Transmission fluid
•Wood preservatives & finishes (timber coatings, oils & varnish)

Click here to find a list of items which can't be dropped off.

Please note that paint can be dropped off for free any week of the year at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre.

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 chemicals. There are nearby Detox Your Home mobile chemical drop-off services each year.

Upcoming collections:

  • Epping, 7 September 2019 register here. The exact drop-off location will be provided upon registration.
  • Reservoir , 19 October 2019 register here. The exact drop-off location will be provided upon registration.

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

In 2018 3.9 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
  • 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 that paint is not accepted at the annual Detox Your Home drop-offs, but is accepted for free at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre year-round.