Transfer Stations

Transfer stations are located in Avoca, Beaufort, Landsborough and Snake Valley. Council no longer has any of its own operating landfill sites, with all waste now being transported to landfill sites outside the municipality. Vouchers are no longer issued for use by residents at transfer stations in Pyrenees Shire. 

Household waste, green waste and recycling deposits will not have a fee at any of our transfer stations. This fee is covered by the waste charge in your rates (unless you're paying an unimproved property rate, in which case there will be a charge)Resident users of the transfer stations will need proof of their Pyrenees address – all you need is your licence! Non-resident ratepayers can use transfer stations with a copy of their rates notice.

Please note: building and construction waste is not included in the definition of 'domestic waste'.

Locations and opening times

(2 Tip Road) 
(71 Russell Street)

 Snake Valley
(298 Snake Valley
-Morchup Rd)
(2161 Ararat
-St Arnaud Rd)

All of the above sites are closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and on days of Total Fire Ban and/or a day rated as a Catastrophic.

All transfer stations can receive domestic waste, green waste, steel and recyclables, including paper and cardboard.

Used car oil can be taken to Avoca and Beaufort.

Mattresses, car and truck tyres will have a separate charge to the general rate.

Landsborough Transfer Station will not accept mattresses, batteries, tyres, construction materials, gas bottles or refrigerators.

Domestic waste

Domestic waste is defined as general household waste and should be bagged or wrapped securely. Approved recyclables, including green waste, should be separated for ease of deposits at the transfer station. Our transfer station attendants will let you know where to place your waste. View the transfer station fees.

Green waste

A specific area is provided at each of the transfer station facilities for residents to drop off green waste such as tree branches, prunings, grass and leaf litter. The waste is converted into chipped mulch. Domestic quantities of green waste are free for Pyrenees residents to drop off.


From old phones, computers and household appliances to power tools and toys, if it’s got a plug, battery or cord and is unwanted, it’s e-waste. It could be any of a whole range of items from work, home or even the garden shed. E-waste can be taken to transfer stations at Beaufort, Avoca and Snake Valley. Collection points for small e-waste items such as batteries, mobile phones and chargers will be at the Avoca and Beaufort Information Centres.

Please note: e-waste requires cash payment for non-residents. View the transfer station fees.

Hard waste

Hard waste such as furniture, bicycles and mowers can be taken to transfer stations. 

Asbestos and building waste

Transfer stations to do not accept asbestos or building waste. Whether you use a licensed asbestos removalist, or remove the asbestos yourself, you must be sure it goes to a licensed landfill. You can find a landfill that will accept asbestos on the EPA website.

Drum Muster

Council is part of the national Drum Muster program and collects empty chemical drums for recycling at the Avoca and Beaufort transfer stations. This service is useful to chemical users to reduce the impact on landfill by recycling these products. The containers, either plastic or steel, must be triple rinsed to the satisfaction of the Drum Muster Inspector at the transfer stations.

Drums can be disposed of at the transfer stations on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

Find out more about disposing unwanted chemicals.


Fees for domestic waste, green waste and recyclables are applicable for non-residents of Pyrenees Shire. Remaining fees for tyres, mattresses, bed bases and oil are payable by everyone.

Item Fees
General Waste - Car/boot load
(½ m3 max)
No charge ($31 for non-residents)
General Waste - Utility or 6 x 4 trailer (1.0 m3 max) No charge ($62 for non-residents)
Approved green waste (separated)

No charge (non-residents $31/m3)

Approved recyclables No charge (non-residents $16/m3)
Tyres Fees
Car $11
Truck $37
Tractor $82
Rims only No charge
 E-waste Fees (cash only)
Irons, toasters, kettles (small appliances)
No charge ($5 per item for non-residents)
Computer equipment, printers, televisions and monitors No charge ($10 per item for non-residents)
DVD players and Microwaves
No charge ($10 per item for non-residents) 
Fridges, washing machines & white goods
No charge ($20 per item for non-residents) 
Other Fees
Single mattresses $26 each
Larger than single mattress $26 each
Bed base $22 each 
Oil (waste automotive oil domestic quantities only - maximum 20 litres) $6
Batteries, scrap steel and parts of car bodies (whole car bodies will not be accepted) No charge