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.

Residents impacted by the recent storms can drop-off their green waste for free, as well as other storm-related general waste, until Tuesday 30 April.

All transfer stations and landfills in Victoria are currently accepting residential amounts of green waste including tree branches and trunks (up to 30 centimetres wide and 1 metre long). This also includes other storm related waste such as building debris.

Local transfer stations include: 


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


Future Recycling Transfer Station (30-32 Exchange Drive, Pakenham) 
Monday - Friday: 8am - 3:30pm 
Saturday: 8am - 2pm

Residents must present photo ID as proof of residence within Cardinia Shire to access the free service.  

Waste will only be accepted from residential vehicles and trailers; commercial business operators cannot use this service.  

For more info on this service, visit the Victorian Government's Free disposal of bushfire and storm waste webpage

For more information on storm relief and recovery support visit Council’s storm recovery webpage

  • 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 8 to Saturday 13 April 2024  

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

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 

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.

Drop off locations and times


Date: Saturday 20 April 2024
Time: 9am - 2pm  
Location: Council Depot, 18 Purton Road, Pakenham
Register now 

Notting Hill

Date: Saturday 27 April 2024
Time: 8am - 3pm  
Location: Monash Waste Transfer and Recycling Centre, 380 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill
Register now


Date: Sunday 19 May 2024
Time: 9am - 4pm  
Location: Knox Operations Centre, 14 Henderson Road, Knoxfield
Register now


Date: Saturday 1 June 2024
Time: 9am - 3pm
Location: Frankston Regional Recycling and Recovery Centre, 20 Harold Road, Skye
Register now


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

Drop-off locations and times

Pakenham- Saturday 20 April

Time: 9am to 12pm (midday)  
Location: Council Depot, 18 Purton Road, Pakenham 

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