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Waste drop-off days

  • You can dispose of excess green waste at one of our free green waste drop off days. Future dates are listed on this page. 
  • You can also dispose of chemicals and other hazardous liquids through the Detox Your Home collections offered by the Victorian Government. You can also drop off eligible empty agvet chemical containers at drumMUSTER events
  • Check if you need to book or register for specific drop-off events.
  • We hold free green waste drop off days for Cardinia Shire residents.
  • Green waste can be dropped off in residential vehicles and trailers only. Commercial business operators cannot use the service. 
  • You need to bring Photo ID that shows your home address in Cardinia Shire. 
  • The green waste is shredded and taken to a composting facility. It is then broken down and turned into high-quality soil conditioner to help grow food and gardens in Victoria.

Drop-off dates and locations

Pakenham – Monday 3 to Saturday 8 June 2024 

Future Recycling Transfer Station, 30-32 Exchange Drive, Pakenham   
Monday to Friday: 7:30am - 4pm 
Saturday: 8am – 2:30pm 

Pakenham – Monday 5 to Saturday 10 August   

Future Recycling Transfer Station, 30-32 Exchange Drive, Pakenham   
Monday to Friday: 7:30am - 4pm 
Saturday: 8am – 2:30pm 

Lysterfield – Monday 7 to Saturday 13 October

Cleanaway Resource Recovery Centre, 840 Wellington Rd, Lysterfield  
Monday to Friday: 8am – 3:30pm 
Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am 

What you can drop off 

Residential amounts of garden waste, including:

  • flowers
  • garden prunings
  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • tree branches and trunks up to 30 centimetres wide and 1 metre long
  • weeds

What you can't drop off 

  • Rocks, stones, soil or potting mix
  • Building and renovation waste (such as timber and fence palings) 
  • Commercial quantities of green waste
  • Treated timber
  • Green waste in a bag
  • Food
  • Manure and animal waste
  • General household rubbish or recyclables
  • Plant pots
  • Medical syringes
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Hessian or plastic bags
  • Hazardous waste or chemicals. 

Other ways to dispose of green waste

  • Detox Your Home provides a way to safely dispose of unwanted household chemicals such as cleaners, fuels and pesticides.
  • Commercial business operators cannot use the service.
  • Residents wanting to attend will need to book in advance.
  • For more information and for upcoming dates and locations go to Sustainability Victoria's Detox Your Home webpage

DrumMUSTER provides agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a way to recycle eligible empty agvet chemical containers.

For more info or to find another drop-off point, visit the DrumMuster website