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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.

  • General waste for landfill into clear red bags
  • Co-mingle recyclable materials (inc glass) into clear opaque bags
  • Food and organic materials into compostable corn starch bags

Full details about what can go into each bag is on the posters below. Please contact the RMB office on if you require a supply of bags or printed copies of hte posters for your property.

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.
  • No hard waste or building wase should be left in our rubbish hutches. 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

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:

  • Monday 29 November 2021 (after the Resort Clean Up weekend (***NOTE DATE CHANGE)
  • Tuesday 19 April 2022 (day after Easter long weekend) 

For information about what can be left for collection, please see below.

If you have an urgent requirement, please contact us on (03) 5759 3550 or


We pick up...

  • Small furniture under 50 kg
  • E-waste including phones
  • White goods including washing machines, dryers, fridges, ovens (remove door, seal)
  • Hot water services
  • Mattresses*
  • Empty paint tins, paint dried out
  • Bikes, skis, snowboards, poles, and boots
  • Textiles including manchester and clothing
  • Leatherwear
  • Hard/soft toys, old games, books etc.
  • Cookwear including pots, pans and cutlery
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic items such as buckets and baskets
  • Printer cartridges (please place in separate bag)

*These items incur a disposal cost and must be communicated to the RMB prior to disposal.

Please ensure loose items are placed securely in clear plastic bags, waste is piled safely and does not block access ways.

We don't pick up...

  • Items weighing more than 50kg
  • Building materials, including timbers
  • Dirt, stones or bricks
  • Asbestos
  • Gas bottles
  • Hazardous materials, including chemicals, paint or batteries Industrial or commercial waste
  • Regular garbage, recycling or Living Bin waste

For questions about specific waste items contact Ian Price 0421 423 412 during office hours 8am-4pm.