Living in Dorset

Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

Visiting Dorset

Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

Contact us

  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After hrs 1300 858 824

Business community in Dorset

Dorset Council is focused on providing support to potential investors to facilitate sustainable developments large and small.

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Waste Management

Welcome to the Waste Management section of the Dorset Council website. We have endeavoured to include all information relating to queries you may have of waste management here, and hope this section will be helpful.

A comprehensive waste and recycling service is provided for residents and visitors alike. 

Dorset Council aims to service needs efficiently and in an environmentally conscious manner.

Dorset Council has partnered with a number of national recycling initiatives, including drumMUSTER, and MobileMuster.

>To report a pollution, environmental incident (eg. Illegal Dumping) or littering offence contact Council on (03) 6352 6500

On this page:

  1. Waste Transfer Stations
  2. Opening Hours
  3. Waste Transfer Station Fees
  4. Rubbish Vouchers
  5. Kerbside Collection
  6. Recycling and Waste Reduction
  7. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Waste Transfer Stations

There are three Waste Transfer Stations located across the region:

> Scottsdale Waste Transfer Station – (03) 6352 3402 | 750 Bridport Road JETSONVILLE


> Gladstone Waste Transfer Station – (03) 6357 2182 | Carr Street/Cape Portland Road GLADSTONE

> Branxholm Waste Transfer Station – (03) 6354 6372 | Ruby Flats Road BRANXHOLM

Please note that pets are to remain in vehicles at all times whilst at the Waste Transfer Stations.  Children are to remain under close supervision if in the Last Chance Resale Shop and to remain under supervision and within the vehicle at all other times whilst on the site.

Last Chance Resale Shop

The Last Chance Resale Shop is located at the Scottsdale Waste Transfer Station.  Donations of quality, used furniture and items are accepted.  All proceeds go towards local community organisations as part of the annual grants process. 

Opening Hours






10am – 2pm


9am – 3pm






9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

1pm – 5pm






9am – 5pm




9am – 5pm

9am – 5pm

9am – 4pm


9am – 5pm

1pm – 5pm

10am  5pm

*Gladstone Waste Transfer Station is also open from 9am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays that fall after a gazetted public holiday.

ALL WASTE TRANSFER STATIONS ARE CLOSED on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.  EFTPOS is available at the Scottsdale Waste Transfer Station.

Waste Transfer Station Fees

Rubbish Vouchers

Dorset Council property owners are provided with 5 rubbish vouchers per annum.  1 token provides free entry for waste not exceeding a volume or 3 cubic metres uncompacted. 

Vouchers are not transferrable and are valid until 31 August 2020.

Landlords are requested to pass vouchers onto tenants as soon as possible.  Tenants wishing to enquire about Tip Vouchers should contact the managing agent or landlord. 

Kerbside Collection

Mandatory Kerbside Collection is available for all developed properties within the localities of Bridport, Scottsdale, Nabowla, Ringarooma, Legerwood, Branxholm, Winnaleah, Derby, Pioneer, Herrick, Gladstone and Tomahawk that are zoned as:

  • General Residential
  • Low Density Residential
  • Rural Living
  • Urban Mixed Use
  • Village
  • Local Business
  • General Business; or
  • Particular Purpose

Properties will be supplied with a standard set of 1 x medium -120L waste mobile garbage bin (MGB) and 1 x 240 L recycling MGB (waste bins are also available in small - 80L, and large – 240L).  Additional bins may be requested - please note additional fees and charges apply.

Owners of vacant lots will not automatically receive a kerbside collection service, however can apply for a service by contacting Council.  

Property owners with properties of any zoning who have road frontage on the prescribed kerbside collection route may be eligible to opt in for kerbside collection services. 

To avoid interruption to your kerbside collection service, please ensure that you prepare for your collection days by:

• Placing your bins on the kerbside by 5.45am on the day of collection;

• Positioning bins with at least 1m between them;

• Positioning the wheels of the bin towards your property;

• Positioning your bin away from overhanging branches or other obstructions;

• Ensuring your bin is not overflowing or overly heavy; and

• Contacting Council within 48 hours if your bin has not been collected.

Recycling and Waste Reduction

» If you are unsure about what can be put into your kerbside collection bins and what needs to go to a Waste Transfer Station check out our handy A-Z guide -  Dorset Council A-Z Guide to Recycling and Waste

» FREE Recycling is available at the Waste Transfer Stations for the following materials:

    • Green Waste (Separated)
    • E-Waste (TV’s, Computers, Printers etc)
    • Polystyrene
    • Silage/Pallet Wrap
    • Car Batteries
    • Household Batteries
    • Steel and whitegoods
    • Motor vehicle bodies

» Soft (Scrunchable) Plastics can be recycled at Woolworths and Coles through the REDcycle Program

» Food Waste and Garden Organics can be given a second chance through the ShareWaste platform.

» Hard to recycle materials, such as coffee pods, straws, toothpaste tubes and pens can be recycled through TerraCycle

» Rethink Waste is a statewide initiative which provides resources, funding and information to improve our collective efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle - you can find out more here