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Waste Management

Mt Hotham RMB collects waste and recycling throughout the resort all year round, and works in partnership with NevRwaste  and the community to reduce solid waste within the resort and implement best practice management techniques.

An active recycling program has seen the amount of collected compacted recyclables double between 2002 and 2010.  When disposing of your rubbish please follow the following guidelines:

  • The RMB provides red plastic rubbish bags for general waste and clear plastic bags for recyclables. 
    Please contact the RMB office on 03 5759 3550 if you require a supply of bags.
  • Bags must be double knotted, tied and disposed of in designated garbage hutchs within the village. Cardboard must be flattened before being disposed of in the garbage hutchs.
  • Please think of OH&S and do not make bags too heavy for our garbage collection staff to lift.
  • Please note: paint cans, building materials, whitegoods and furniture cannot be collected. You will need to arrange transportation of such waste to suitable tip sites at Omeo or Bright. Please contact the RMB for assistance with this.

The 'Living Bin' Recycling Food Waste Program

Mt Hotham offers organics recycling across the resort. 50% of waste from the resort is food waste. Organics in landfill rot and release harmful methane gases contributing to climate change.

Everyone at Hotham can help reduce how much organic waste goes to landfill by using Hotham's 'Living Bin' program. The RMB provides a free benchtop bin and a larger collector bin and compostable bags for collecting all types of food waste, including not only fruit and vegetable scraps, but also leftovers, cooked or uncooked foods (including meat, seafood, cheese, bread), shells, peels, paper plates and coffee grinds.

The RMB then recycles the waste at our on-mountain composting facility to produce a rich organic compost. For more information on the program please contact our Environmental team on environmental@mthotham.com.au.

Recyclable Glass Re-use 

In 2020 Mt Hotham RMB installed a glass conveyor sorting station and pulveriser, significantly reducing the financial and environmental cost of nearly 70,000 tonnes of glass waste generated each year in the resort.

Rather than spending more than $20,000 dollars a year to ship and recycle the waste, the resort began using it on roads and tracks to combat ice.

The new equipment will allow MHARMB to use pulverised glass for sealing road verges and car parks, as aggregate in concrete, as a substitute for road grit, and on tracks and trails.

Litter and 'Butt Bin' Programs

The RMB has an ongoing commitment to protect the alpine environment and the catchment areas fed by melting snows. Staff conduct a regular roadside litter collection during the winter months and distributing free personal butt bins' to encourage responsible disposal of cigarette butts.

Cigarette butts are a substantial threat to our pristine natural environment and quality of our waterways. While public rubbish, recycling and cigarette butt bins generate considerable litter, significant amounts are still collected from car parks and roadside areas.

If you are visiting our resort please remember to dispose of your litter responsibly. Bins are located at the top of most chairlifts and throughout the village.  

Hard Waste Collection

Hard waste collection dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday 3 November 2021 (day after Melbourne Cup Day)
  • Tuesday 19 April 2022 (day after Easter long weekend) 

For information about what can be left for collection, please click here.

If you have an urgent requirement, please contact us on (03) 5759 3550 or info@mthotham.com.au.