Waste Transfer Stations

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

The Beechworth facility is at 1620 Diffey Road and is open from 1pm to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

The Rutherglen facility is at 53 Cornishtown Road and is open from 1pm to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Click on the + symbol below to find out more about the locations, opening hours, charges, accepted waste and how you can reduce costs by sorting your load before you arrive.

Opening hours

  • 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
  • On days where the fire behaviour index rating is catastrophic.

 

Where are they located?

Locations

Beechworth - 1620 Diffey Road.

 

Rutherglen - 53 Cornishtown Road.

 

 

What items do we accept and what does it cost?

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

Please note, cash payments are not accepted at our transfer stations, however EFTPOS facilities are available.

Transfer Station fees and charges 2024-25

Items we accept and associated charges                                                      
Car batteries  Free
Cardboard (must be flattened)  Free

Car tyres

$10.15 each

Car tyres with rim

$14.25 each
Clean polystyrene Free 

Clean separated green waste

$22.75 per cubic metre
Domestic gas bottles up to 9kg  Free
 45kg domestic gas bottles  Free

Earthmover tyres

$189.15 each
e-Waste (televisions and computer equipment) and all other electrical/electronic waste Free

Fridges and freezers

$11.15 each

General household waste rate

$53.00 per cubic meter

General household waste

Minimum charge $10.00

Heavy Truck tyres

$43.90 each

Light Truck tyres

$18.10 each

Mattresses

$40.90 each
Scrap metal and white goods (excluding those containing gas)  Free

Soft furnishings, lounge chairs, couches etc

$44.15 each
 Sorted recyclables   Free

Tractor tyres

$94.00 each

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 $53.00 per cubic metre.

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 the DrumMUSTER website.

 

What items don't we accept?

Aggregate
Asbestos
Bricks
Building rubble
Chemicals
Cleaning solvents
Clean or contaminated fill
Concrete
Dead animals
Herbicides

Infectious waste
Insulation
Liquid waste
Masonry
Paint
Pesticides
Pharmaceutical drugs
Plaster board
Tiles 
Unidentified chemicals

 

Free recycling guide

View or download Halve Waste's free recycling guide, which details what items will be accepted for recycling for free at our Transfer Stations;

Annual transfer station vouchers

Annual waste transfer station vouchers are for larger household items that don’t fit in your kerbside garbage bin. These vouchers are distributed annually with your rates notices. Each property is issued two vouchers once a year and entitle the holder to a single disposal of up to one cubic metre (1m3) of hard waste, per voucher. Vouchers can be used year round at the Rutherglen or Beechworth Transfer stations. Vouchers will also be accepted at the Tallangatta and Wodonga Transfer Stations.

Only hardcopy vouchers will be accepted at the Transfer Stations. Your voucher must be presented - electronic vouchers are not valid and will not be accepted.




FAQs

Do you have an option for extra green waste disposal, especially cleaning up my property in Spring time and preparing for fire season?

Yes – Council provides two weekends in October where green waste disposal at the Beechworth and Rutherglen transfer stations is free.  The free green waste disposal weekend dates will be publicised by Council in the lead up to the events. See the Green Waste page for updates

How do I know how much waste I have to dispose?

As a rough guide:

  • A car boot load is approximately 0.25m3
  • A level small trailer is approximately 0.5m3
  • A large level trailer or small heaped trailer is approximately 1m3

What happens to the items after I take to the transfer stations?

Recyclables are taken to Cleanaway’s Material Recovery Facility in Lavington, NSW. The recyclables are sorted, bailed and then sold to a variety of recycling processors.

Green waste material is taken to a processing facility where it is shredded and turned into high grade compost that is used in agriculture.

Non-recyclable garbage is taken to the Albury landfill at the Albury Waste Management Centre.

Why am I charged fees at the transfer station?

Recycling and disposal of items costs Council to collect, transport and process, especially in rural locations.  This cost is in some cases passed onto the customer/consumer (for example; mattresses and green waste), however depending on the type of item disposed, some items are able to be disposed of free of charge to the resident (for example; 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.

How can I save on waste charges?

You can save money and time by sorting your load before you leave home. The Transfer Station attendant will assess your load and charge accordingly. Pack your trailer so the attendant can easily see what is in your load.

You can save the fees you are charged by:

  • Separating items that incur a charge from items that are free
  • Put the bigger items in first and pack smaller items in the gaps
  • Flatten cardboard boxes
  • Separate general rubbish that can’t be recycled
  • Pack similar materials together.

Where do I find my transfer station voucher?

Waste disposal vouchers for Transfer Stations are issued to property owners within Indigo Shire. The vouchers are located on the bottom of the first rates notice (sent out in September each year).

I have recently purchased a property and did not get a waste disposal voucher/ I cannot find my voucher.

Contact us and a replacement voucher may be issued to the property. 

What if I rent?

Waste disposal vouchers are issued to the property owners within the Shire. You should contact your real estate agent and request the vouchers, or if an agent isn’t involved, ask the owner directly.

 

Are there certain times I can dispose of my items at the Waste Transfer Stations?

You can use your rates waste disposal vouchers at any time during opening hours at the Rutherglen, Beechworth, Wodonga or Tallangatta waste transfer stations.

What if I have more than 1m3 of waste to dispose of?

Some items are disposed of free of charge, while others attract fees. Transfer station staff will assess the load and advise you on the cost. You can view the fees and charges above on this page. Two waste disposal vouchers are issued to each property. 

Why doesn’t Indigo Shire have a reuse shop?

The Indigo Shire does not have the high volumes of reusable items or customers to make a reuse shop viable. If you have items suitable for reuse, you can list these in various local online second hand sites, donate to second hand charity stores or take them to the Wodonga Transfer Station’s reuse shop

 

 

Alternate waste disposal locations

The following items cannot be accepted at the Beechworth and Rutherglen Transfer Stations. Please refer to these alternative disposal locations for accepted items

Item

Alternative disposal location

Industrial Waste

Albury Waste Management Centre

Paint

Wodonga Transfer Station

Cleaning solvents, household chemicals, herbicides, pesticides or unidentified chemicals

Drop off is available at Wangaratta Transfer Station.

Check with Council for the ‘Detox your home’ program collection dates within the Indigo Shire.

Asbestos

Albury Waste Management Centre