Waste Wise Hints and Tips

We encourage you to reduce, reuse and recycle. Here is some handy information and tips to help you minimise your waste.


Take a good look at what goes in your bins each week and work out where your waste is coming from.  
Make a plan to reduce the waste, tackling one waste type at a time.
Allow one small change to become a habit before tackling the next one. Over time you’ll achieve a big, sustainable change.

For ways to reduce your waste visit reduce-recycle.com.au for practical tips.


One person’s trash can be another’s treasure - consider donating old clothes and accessories, household items and furniture you no longer need to thrift stores/Op-shops.

Op-shops often raise funds for charitable organisations, so by donating to, and purchasing from an op-shop, you are also contributing to a good cause. 

When donating:

  • Check to see if they have the capacity to receive your goods. Some won’t accept specific items such as electrical goods.
  • Only donate items in a usable condition suitable for resale.
  • Place goods inside charity collection bins or donate over the counter. Don’t leave items beside bins or in doorways.

Visit Australian OpShop Listing to find your local store.


Sustainability Victoria

Get to know your recycling, to make sure it doesn't end up in landfill by visiting recycling.vic.gov.au.

Bottle Tops

Lids For Kids is collecting bottle tops find out more here.

Bread bag closures

Bread bag closures go to Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs  - find your nearest collection point here.  

Soft Plastics

Soft plastics such as shopping bags, chip packets and bubble wrap can all be recycled (just not in your kerbside bins).  Participating Coles and Woolworths supermarkets offer a soft plastics drop-off collection which is run by REDcycle. You can check if your local supermarket is participating at redcycle.net.au/where-to-redcycle.

Check which soft plastics can and can’t go in the soft plastic bins at participating supermarkets by visiting REDcycle .


E-waste – or electronic waste, refers to electronic products that are no longer wanted or working. To protect our environment and recover more precious resources the Victorian Government banned all e-waste from landfill from 1 July 2019. You can drop your e-waste of at one of our waste facilities.

Some e-waste items such as discs, phones and USB's can be dropped-off at our collections points at the Port Fairy Moyne Shire Council office, Mortlake Library and Koroit Library.

Toothpaste - Oral products

TerraCycle partners with Colgate® to offer a national recycling solution for oral care products to Australia. 

The program accepts: Toothpaste tubes and caps, manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, toothbrush and toothpaste tube plastic packaging, floss containers. Find location drop off points and more at TerraCycle.

In home waste separation fact sheet

The basic rule of recycling: separation matters.

Make recycling easier by setting up an affective and easy-to-use recycling sorting system in your home. Read the Waste Separation in the Home fact sheet for steps that will help you establish a recycling system that you can stick to, without too much daily effort.

In-home waste separation systems

A comprehensive recycling system doesn’t require fancy bins and storage bags, making use of what containers are already  available is a great way to include reusing in your recycling habits.

Separating your waste inside as you use it into different, bins, bags, crates, boxes (whatever works for you) and then taking these out to your bins and putting them in the right bin, can save you time and help to get it right as you are separating as you go. You can use any container that works for you and you may want to choose items to suit your décor.

1. Use your kitchen caddy for food scraps and empty this in your green FOGO bin.

2. Use a separate container to collected paper, cans, tins, aerosols and plastics with the recycle symbol 1 and 2 and empty this into your yellow recycling bin. Empty it loose, remember no bagged items.

3. Use another container to collect glass bottles and jars and empty this into your purple glass bin. Empty it loose, remember no bagged items and no lids.

4. Use a waste bin for your remaining rubbish and bag this up and put it into your red landfill bin.

For more hints and tips read the fact sheet here.


Watch our information video for details on what goes in each of your kerbside bins and where your materials go!


 10 ways to reduce your waste  Whats in your waste bin

Whats in your recycling bin  Whats in your FOGO bin