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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
  • You don't need to book or register for these collections. 


  • 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 free drop-offs will run in line with any Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time. Residents must not attend if they are unwell and must comply with all instructions as directed by staff.
  • 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

Our most recent drop-off days were in November 2021. Keep an eye on this page for future dates. 

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

Next event in Cardinia Shire

Date: Saturday 9 April 2022
Time: 9am to 2pm 
Location: Council Depot, 18 Purton Road, Pakenham
More info and to register: Eventbrite website

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

Next drumMUSTER drop off event

Date: Saturday 9 April 2022
Time: 9am to 12 noon  
Location: Council Depot, 18 Purton Road, Pakenham

More info: DrumMuster website

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