What we do and don't accept

The Darebin Resource and Recovery Centre will take domestic quantities of a range of items, but there are restrictions on what we accept.

We accept many items for recycling and general waste, but we have introduced restrictions on materials that may be contaminated with asbestos.

What do we accept for free?

We accept domestic quantities of these items for free

✅ aluminium cans and tins

✅ cardboard - it must be clean and folded flat
✅ clothing
✅ car and household batteries
✅ cooking oil
✅ computers and televisions
✅ computer accessories (keyboards, printers, hard drives, mouses)
✅ glass bottles and jars
✅ light globes and tubes
✅ paint tins
✅ steel and scrap metal

What do we accept for a charge?

Charges apply for these items

✅ general waste

✅ tyres
✅ gas bottles
✅ fridges
✅ air conditioners
✅ garden waste
✅ electronic waste
✅ motor oil
✅ mattresses
✅ building materials

Read more about fees and charges for dropping off waste and e-waste.

For more information about electronic waste, visit our electronic waste page.

What don't we accept?

We don't accept
❌ paper (use your household recycling bin)
❌ asbestos
❌ chemicals
❌ medical and liquid waste
❌ hot ashes
❌ prescribed waste

Asbestos and materials mixed with asbestos

Due to the continual illegal disposal of asbestos at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre, we will not be taking in mixed rubble or any cement sheet type product.

We will only accept loads if you have evidence that the site the load has come from has been tested and cleared of asbestos

All loads will be assessed at our gatehouse staff’s discretion. Certified test reports of individual loads will be looked at on presentation of evidence of testing.

Material
Evidence you need to show us before we accept your load
⚠️ whole or partial cement sheets
site the load came from has been tested and cleared of asbestos 
⚠️ materials mixed with cement sheets
site the load came from has been tested and cleared of asbestos 
⚠️ materials stored with cement sheets
site the load came from has been tested and cleared of asbestos 
⚠️ materials stuck to cement sheets, such as wall tiles
site the load came from has been tested and cleared of asbestos 
⚠️ rubble mixed with building materials / materials excavated from a worksite
site the load came from has been tested and cleared of asbestos 
⚠️ materials excavated from a worksite
site the load came from has been tested and cleared of asbestos 
⚠️ commercial builders with mixed fill loads  certified soil test shown to staff at DRRC gatehouse
✅ clean concrete, clean bricks, clean soil, clean asphalt visual inspection by our staff at DRRC gatehouse