Recycling at the Market is good for the environment and can save you money.

We’re working to increase recycling at the Market so that we:

  • have a cleaner, greener Market
  • minimise the cost of operating the Market – and therefore the cost to Market tenants, increasing cost effectiveness and competitiveness.

How does it work?

Quayclean manages recycling, waste collection and cleaning within the Market on behalf of the Melbourne Market Authority (MMA).

A user-pays system is in place, making recycling and waste management fairer for everyone.

Disposal charges are:

  • Sorted recyclables including cardboard, paper, polystyrene and plastic are recycled free of charge.
  • The first 100 kilograms of uncontaminated/clean organic waste can be recycled free of charge with every additional kilogram charged at a rate of $0.20 (ex GST) per kilogram.
  • $0.50 (ex GST) per kilogram for general waste and contaminated organic waste for landfill.
  • Unsorted waste delivered to the Recycling Transfer Centre will be charged at the general waste/landfill disposal rate.
  • Plain pallet disposal is free at the Recycling Transfer Centre and dedicated plain pallet drop off zones.

Any waste dumped on Market land will be tracked to a market user. Dumped waste will be charged at general waste rates and will incur demerit points under the Market Operating Rules. Associated cleaning charges will also be charged at $200 per incident of dumping.

What do I need to do?

Separate at the point of origin and take your recycling to the Satellite Recycling Stations or Recycling Transfer Centre to avoid waste disposal fees.

1. Separate your waste at your stand, store, or place of work:

  • Organic
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic/shrink wrap
  • Timber
  • General/mixed.

Watch the below video to hear Merna answer some of the more trickier questions when it comes to disposing of waste at the satellite recycling stations.

2. Deliver bulk or palleted goods directly to the Recycling Transfer Centre

All bulk waste and recyclables must be delivered to the Recycling Transfer Centre.

3. Find your nearest recycling station

For small quantities, there are 8 Satellite Recycling Stations located around the Market. Each Satellite Station contains Maxicages where you dispose of your separated recycling. Each Maxicage displays the signs for each recyclable stream.

Small quantities of organic waste (1-2 boxes) can be disposed of in designated tote bins located inside the Fruit and Vegetable Trading Stands from 6.00am to 9.00am Monday to Friday.

The Satellite Recycling Stations adjacent to the fruit and vegetable Stores will accept cardboard, polystyrene and plastic only. Organics are to be disposed of directly at the Recycling Transfer Station.

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Recycling Transfer Centre

Payments must be paid at the Recycling Transfer Centre (debit card and credit card including paywave accepted). All credit card transactions attract a 2.5% transaction fee.

The Quayclean manager at the Recycling Transfer Centre will work with you to provide the most cost effective disposal, including rates for bulk organic disposals.

All payments are issued a receipt. There is no need to lock into a contract, you can pay as you go. If you deliver your waste to the Recycling Transfer Centre, you save on pick-up fees.

Separated Recycling/Waste Disposal Item Fee (ex GST)
Cardboard only No Charge
Plastic Only No Charge
Polystyrene only No Charge
Organic waste The first 100kg is free with every kg over charged at $0.20 per kg
General waste $0.50 per kg
Timber pallets taken to transfer centre No Charge
Contaminated waste Per general waste

Bin hire for stores and warehouses

Tote bins can be used to dispose of bulk waste or recyclables, just remember to separate to save.

To reduce your costs, tote bins can be picked up and dropped off to the Recycling Transfer Centre at no cost.

Foodbank and FareShare

Traders at the Melbourne Market have a long history of donating to food recovery programs, including Foodbank and FareShare. Organic product that is fit for human consumption can be donated to Foodbank (next to Store 148) and FareShare (next to Store 6), Monday to Friday from 6.30 am until 9.00 am and is tax deductible at the Market price of the produce.
Contact Foodbank on 03 9362 8300.


Any pallets left anywhere on Market Land will be cleared and disposed of by the MMA at a cost to the responsible Market Business. If the pallet disposal includes other waste such as boxes of produce, additional costs will apply.

Plain pallets can be disposed of at the Recycle Transfer Centre at no charge or left at one of the designated pallet drop off zones around the Market.

All Market users of pallets should have an account with Loscam or CHEP for their pallets.

Melbourne Market Recycling streams

Waste Stream Annual volume Process on-site Intermediary Destination Use
Polystyrene 132.39 tonne Crushed and compacted into square Hanson’s (Wollert Landfill) Overseas
  • Packaging for furniture
  • Electronic goods
  • Picture frames
Organic 1016.78 tonne Sorted to remove contamination Yarra Valley Waste to Energy Epping
  • Processed into clean renewable energy to power neighbouring sewage plant
Organic farm collections 57.78 tonne Sorted to remove contamination Local farms
  • Collected by three local farms using produce for livestock feed.
Organic waste fit for human consumption 218.75 tonne Sorted Foodbank Victorians in need
  • Distributed via Foodbank networks and agencies to feed Victoria’s vulnerable communities.
Cardboard 1000.78 tonne Sorted and compacted Handson’s (Wollert Landfill) Visy
  • Packaging, industrial paper, tissues, newspaper, insulation’s, kitty litter or even moulded cartons for eggs and fruit.
Plastic 114.41 tonne Sorted Handson’s (Wollert Landfill) Visy
  • Used to make 100% recycled PET.
  • Used for fleeces, sleeping bags, pens, carpet, and plastic tables and chairs.
Wood/timber pallets 459.06 tonne Crushed into wood chips Mossrock Local use
  • Recycled and used to make new pallets
  • Mulched for use in gardens, playgrounds, schools etc.
*Annual volumes for FY19-20.

For other recycling and waste queries please contact the Quayclean contract manager at the Waste Transfer Station on 0438 365 958 or speak with a Market Relations Officer.

For all enquiries call 03 9258 6100

7AM - 3PM, MON - FRI