Waste Transfer Stations

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There are two waste transfer stations located within Indigo Shire, one at Beechworth and the other at Rutherglen.

In this section you can access details on locations, opening hours, charges, accepted waste and also how you can reduce costs by sorting your load before you arrive.

COVID-19 impact

Due to COVID-19 restrictions our transfer stations are open for essential use only during opening hours.

Consider your purpose for using our transfer stations as penalties have been issued for non-essential use of transfer station facilities across the state.

Also please ensure if you are at one of our transfer stations that you adhere to the social distancing rules, and use card only as we are not accepting cash transactions.


Where are they located and when are the open?


Beechworth - 1620 Diffey Road.


Rutherglen - 53 Cornishtown Road.

When are the transfer stations open?

  • Beechworth: 1pm -5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
  • Rutherglen: 1pm -5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday

All items must be unloaded by 5pm.

The waste transfer stations are closed:

  • Christmas Day
  • Good Friday
  • Anzac Day
  • CFA declared Code Red days


How much will it cost?

Many items can be taken to the transfer station for free, while some items attract a fee.

EFTPOS facilities are available.

Please note, as part of our measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus we will no longer accept cash payments at any of our transfer stations. 

Fees and charges 2019-2020

  • General household waste rate: $44.80 per cubic metre
  • General household waste: Minimum charge $8.55
  • Mattresses: $34.60 each
  • Soft furnishings, lounge chairs, couches etc: $37.30 each
  • Clean separated green waste: $19.25 per cubic metre
  • Car tyres: $8.65 each
  • Car tyres with rim: $12.05 each
  • Light truck tyres: $15.35 each
  • Heavy truck tyres: $37.15 each
  • Tractor tyres: $79.55 each
  • Earthmover tyres: $159.95 each
  • e-Waste (televisions and computer equipment) and all other electrical/electronic waste: Free
  • Sorted recyclables: Free
  • Scrap metal, white goods and car bodies: Free
  • Cardboard: Free
  • Clean fill - accepted by supervisor: Free
  • Clean Polystyrene: Free
  • Car Batteries: Free
  • Domestic gas bottles up to 9kg: Free
  • 45kg domestic gas bottles: Free

Please note: Depositing more than 1.5 cubic metres requires special arrangement with the site supervisor.

Customers are encouraged to dismantle waste items prior to entering the Transfer Station so that separated materials can be deposited in appropriate areas.

Contaminated recyclables will be charged as household waste at $42.85 per cubic metre.

What items will we accept?

Here's what we will accept at our transfer stations. Further down the page we also include what we won't accept.

Car bodies and parts*

Automotive batteries
Domestic garbage
Garden waste
Inert solid waste
Metal plumbing fixtures
Hard plastics
Soft furnishings, e.g. couches
Household batteries



Sump oil
Tree prunings
Tyres – all sizes
Domestic gas bottles
Building timber off cuts
Treated timber
Particle board furniture

*Car bodies MUST have gas tanks removed and petrol tanks punctured prior to delivering them to the site. Gas tanks can be recycled provided that they have all valves removed and the tanks are then cut in half. The tanks can be disposed of as scrap metal).

Please note: Depositing more than three cubic metres requires prior arrangement – please call us first on 1300 365 003, or discuss with the transfer station attendant.

Customers are encouraged to dismantle waste items prior to entering the transfer station so that separated materials can be deposited in the appropriate areas.

Oil disposal

We need you to dispose of used engine oil in a safe and sensible way. To assist, there are designated drop off points at our transfer stations where the oil is collected and recycled. Residents can also take used empty plastic oil containers up to 15 litres in capacity and leave them at the transfer stations. Used oil containers must be squashed prior to disposal.

DrumMUSTER – Agricultural chemical containers

DrumMUSTER is available at the Rutherglen Transfer Station for safe disposal of used agricultural containers.

  • drumMUSTER collections are each Friday
  • Only containers bearing the drumMUSTER logo are eligible for collection
  • Drums must be triple rinsed prior to collection
  • All drums are individually inspected prior to being accepted.
  • For quantities in excess of 20, an appointment must be made - phone us on 1300 365 003 to make your appointment and you will also need to advise Council of the number of drums you are intending to drop off.

For further information see drummuster.com.au.

Prohibited waste

We cannot accept the following at our waste transfer stations.

Building rubble 
Plaster board


Infectious waste
Liquid waste
Cleaning solvents
Dead animals 
Pharmaceutical drugs
Unidentified chemicals
Clean or contaminated fill 









How can I save on waste charges?

You can save money and time and help the environment by sorting your load before you leave home. Pack your trailer so the attendant can easily see what is in your load:

  • Separate items that cost from items that are free
  • Put the bigger items in first and pack smaller items in the gaps
  • Flatten cardboard boxes
  • Separate recyclable from non-recyclable
  • Separate general rubbish that can’t be recycled
  • Pack similar materials together.

How do I know how much waste I have got?

As a rough guide:

  • Boot load ~ 0.25 m3
  • Level small trailer ~ 0.5 m3
  • Level large trailer or heaped small trailer ~ 1m3

What happens to the items I take to the transfer station?

Recyclables (yellow bin) are taken to Cleanaway’s Material Recovery Facility in Lavington, NSW. The recyclables are sorted, bailed and then sold to a variety or recycling processors. For more information, watch this video.

Organic material (green bin) is taken to a processing facility where it is turned into high grade compost that is used in agriculture.

Non-recyclable garbage (red bin) goes to landfill at the Albury Waste Management Centre.

Why am I charged fees at the transfer station?

It can cost a lot to recycle items, especially in rural locations. Collection, transport and processing all add up. This cost is in some cases passed onto the customer (i.e. mattresses and green waste), however some recyclables that incur a cost to Indigo Shire Council remain free of charge to the customer (i.e. polystyrene, waste oil and batteries).

We simply couldn't afford to continue to operate the waste transfer stations if fees are waived for all recyclables.

Why doesn’t Indigo Shire have a reuse shop?

We don’t have the high volumes of reusable items  or customers to make a reuse shop viable. We are however endeavouring to partner with community organisations to re-purpose suitable items through existing programs and shops.