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Waste drop-off days

  • We offer a number of free disposal services throughout the year, so you can safely dispose of excess green waste and other difficult items such as chemicals.
  • You do not need to book or register.
  • We hold free green waste drop off days for Cardinia Shire residents.
  • Green waste can be dropped off in residential vehicles and trailers.
  • You need to bring Photo ID with your home address in Cardinia Shire. 
  • Commercial business operators cannot use the service. 
  • 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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our October drop-offs have been postponed to November/December 2020:

Date: Friday 20 - Monday 23 November 2020*
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: Pakenham – Future Recycling Transfer Station. 30-32 Exchange Drive, Pakenham 
Date: Friday 4 - Monday 7 December 2020*
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: Lysterfield – Cleanaway Resource Recovery Centre. 840 Wellington Rd, Lysterfield 
*These dates may be changed again at short notice if COVID-19 government restrictions are further extended. Please check back regularly for the latest information.

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

2 household spray and oil containers

  • 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.   
  • For dates, locations and a list of acceptable items: Detox Your Home website

Next Detox Your Home event 

Unfortunately, due to scheduling issues, Sustainability Victoria had to cancel the November ‘Detox Your Home’ event in Cardinia Shire. We look forward to hosting this event in 2021. 

2 containers with the Drummuster logo on them

DrumMUSTER provides agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a way to recycle eligible empty agvet chemical containers. More info:  DrumMuster website

Next drumMUSTER event

Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time of planning the event we were not able to confirm drumMuster drop off could run safely and efficiently in 2020. The next DrumMuster event in Cardina Shire will be held in early 2021.