Fortnightly recycling collection
Place your yellow recycling bin on the kerb before 6am on your collection day.
Call (03) 5568 0555 if:
- Your bin is missing or broken
- You would like to change your service or an extra bin (charges apply).
- Your bin is not collected by 1pm on collection day
What can I put in my recycling bin? = plastics with recycle triangle symbol numbered 1 or 2
- Milk bottles
- Juice and cream containers
- Water, sauce, cordial and cleaning product bottles
Aluminium and steel
- All empty steel cans
- Aluminium soft drink cans
- Clean aluminium foil and pie trays
- Empty aerosol cans
Paper and cardboard
- Telephone directories
- Newspapers and magazines
- Cardboard, cereal and food boxes
- Office paper
- Envelopes and office mail
What can’t go in my recycling bin? If in doubt leave it out and put it in the red landfill bin = plastic containers with the recycle triangle numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7
- Don’t place items in plastic bags
- Plastic bags
- Food scraps
- Food wrap
- Light globes
- Waxed cardboard
- Batteries – including greeting cards with musical recordings and remote controls
- Gas cylinders
- Videos or DVDs
- Washing out containers will reduce odours coming from your bin.
- Always use your own re-useable coffee cup, not take away cups.
- Put plastics with recycle triangle numbered 1 or 2 in this bin for example milk, soft drink, water, sauce and cleaning product bottles.
- Do not place recyclables in plastic bags.
- Do not place plastic containers with the recycle triangle numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7.
- Do not place light globes or waxed cardboard in your yellow bin.Take soft plastics to supermarkets for REDCYCLE.
Fact Sheet - your yellow recycling bin
There are some important changes to what can go in your yellow recycling bin. Some items that previously went in the yellow recycling bin are no longer accepted.
We’re only collecting plastic we know can be recycled here in Australia.
We are partnering with a regional waste-recovery processor that has strict, high standards for what it can and can’t recycle locally. If you put the wrong things in your recycling bin, it will reduce the quality and value of collected materials, and can even result in the entire load going to landfill.
If you are in any doubt about whether an item is recyclable, leave it out of your recycling bin and put it in the red landfill bin.
Your yellow recycling bin takes plastics 1 and 2, paper, cardboard and tin cans and aerosols.
Plastics that can be recycled in Australia contain the recycling symbol 1 or 2:
- Cleaning product bottles
- Detergent bottles
- Ice-cream containers/lids
- Juice and water bottles
- Milk bottles
- Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel bottles
- Soft drink bottles
HOW TO RECYCLE USING THIS BIN
- Check the item you are discarding is made from recyclable plastic (contains a recycling symbol 1 or 2), unwaxed cardboard, paper or aluminium or steel cans.
- Empty out any obvious solids and liquids from the container – they must be empty.
- Remove the lid. Most lids, even metal ones, are made from mixed materials and not accepted by our processor. Put plastic and metal lids in the red landfill bin.
- Do not bag up your items, place them loose in the bin.
What do recycling symbols with numbers mean?
On most plastic bottles, jars, containers and other packaging, you’ll find the recycling symbol with a number in the middle, and sometimes letters underneath.
The number in the triangle identifies what kind of plastic the item is made from, NOT whether it is recyclable. Only 1 and 2 go in your yellow recycling bin.
The numbers and symbols on plastics are used in the processing industry to identify which materials were used to make the plastic item and to help recycling plants sort plastics. A number system (1 to 7) was adopted with the number represented inside a triangular symbol – a symbol that looks a lot like the recycle symbol.
Although not all plastics with a ‘recycle’ triangle are recyclable, we can use the numbers to identify whether a container can go in your yellow recycling bin. Only plastics with the numbers 1 or 2, for example milk, soft drink, water, sauce and cleaning product bottles, can go in your recycling bin.
After being sorted, our plastic is broken up into chips or flakes and washed. Plastic is then dried, melted, and pellets created are used to manufacture new products. These include artificial fleece, carpets, floor mats, tiles, furniture, motor oil, plant pots, garden furniture, detergent bottles and pipes. But because plastics cannot be recycled infinitely, our plastic products will eventually end up in landfill. So, avoiding them when possible is key.
Avoiding waste in the first place
Many people have already changed their daily habits and carry a reusable coffee cup and bag. You can also choose to buy products with less packaging or with packaging that can be recycled back into new products.
Soft Plastics such as shopping bags, chip packets and bubble wrap can all be recycled (just not in your kerbside bins). Check the RedCycle website for a complete list of what is and isn’t accepted in the Recycle bins at participating Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.
If you have other types of plastic, or if you are in doubt about the type of plastic, place these items in your red landfill bin.
Recycling other items
You can recycle a lot of items that cannot be recycled through your kerbside recycling bin. Visit Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You to search for helpful recycling solutions.
For tips on how to avoid waste visit sustainability.vic.gov.au and get to know your recycling, to make sure it doesn't end up in landfill.