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.

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  • 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.

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. Litter and Illegal Dumping
  8. Dorset Recycling Information

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 – 0407 561 257 | 41 Cape Portland Road GLADSTONE

> Branxholm Waste Transfer Station – (03) 6354 6372 | 986 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.

Sort Your Load Site Map for the Scottsdale Waste Transfer Station

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

Waste Transfer 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 2022.

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

Kerbside Collection

Kerbside Collection Calendars will be circulated with rates notices, and can also be downloaded below:


Derby, Herrick, Winnaleah, Pioneer, Gladstone & Tomahawk


Nabowla, Legerwood, Ringarooma & Branxholm

You can also request a handy fridge magnet version of the above from the Council Customer Service team on 03 6352 6500 or via 

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 at least 1m away from overhanging branches or other obstructions
  • Ensuring there are no contaminating items in your recycling bin (eg. plastic bags, clothing, garden waste etc)
  • Ensuring your bin is not overfilled (lid should be able to close) or overly heavy; and
  • Contacting Council within 48 hours if your bin has not been collected. 

Recycling and Waste Reduction

Kerbside Recycling Assessments are conducted throughout the municipality and focus on educating households regarding what should and shouldn't be going in kerbside recycling bins.  Bins assessed recieve a 'pass' or 'fail' depending on whether contamination is found.

» 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 Recyclopaedia - 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 and their parts and accessories)
    • Polystyrene
    • Flares
    • 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 should be composted or, alternatively, can be given a second chance through ShareWaste

» Hard to recycle materials, such as coffee pods, straws, toothpaste tubes and pens can all 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

For more information on ways to reduce Waste across the community check out our Waste Reduction Resources page

For more information on ways to reduce your overall footprint check our Living Sustainably page

Litter and Illegal Dumping

Litter is environmentally, economically and aesthetically problematic. Plastic bags can take 20 years to break down and as they do it is into smaller and smaller plastic pieces.  Monofilament fishing line takes 600 years, disposable nappies and plastic beverage bottles take 450 years and glass bottles can take 1 million years.  Even cigarette butts take up to 5 years to break down.

Do your bit

Don't litter and if you see someone doing the wrong thing report it

    • Report Rubbish - If you find litter or a dump that needs to be cleaned up make a Report 
    • Report Litter  - If you see someone littering from a motor vehicle or vessel make a Report

Get involved in the Take 3 for the Sea global movement and remove 3 pieces of litter every time you leave the beach, a waterway or a park etc
Get involved in Clean Up Australia Day
Organise or participate in a Community Litter Collection 

Community Litter Collections

Council encourages and supports community members who safely collect litter within Dorset.  If you are organising a community litter collection make sure you register your event to access free resources and be eligible for free rubbish disposal at the Scottsdale Waste Transfer Station.    

We've put together a simple Litter Picker Pack to assist you in organising your Community Litter Collection. 

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