Recycling saves money—the more we recycle, the less we pay to the Victoria Government for waste going into landfill. It also reduces greenhouse gas—the more materials going into landfill, the more greenhouse gases we produce.
If you put rubbish into your recycling bin, you can cross-contaminate the entire load collected by a recycling truck, which destroys everyone's efforts. One contaminated bin can send the entire truck load to landfill.
Your 240 litre recycling bin (yellow lid) is for recyclable plastics, paper, cardboard and glass and is collected fortnightly, on the alternate week to your green garden bin (if you have one).
Items accepted in your recycling bin:
- Paper, including envelopes, newspapers, magazines, flyers
- Aluminium and tin cans
- Milk, juice and egg cartons
- Plastic containers and bottles with codes 1 to 7 (including lids)
- Cardboard boxes, cereal and food boxes
- Glass bottles and jars (including lids)
- Any plastics with the codes 1 to 7.
Do's and don'ts
Do rinse items going into your recycling bin, but you don't need to clean them thoroughly as recycling companies clean everything anyway. Remove excess food from jars, plastic containers and pizza boxes, but there is no need for them to be spotless.
Do place all 'hard plastics' that return to their original shape after being squashed in the recycling bin.
Don't put your recyclables in plastic bags or tied bundles before they go in the recycling bin. Items must be loose or they will be sent to landfill.
Don't put the following items in your recycling bin:
- Plastic bags, wraps or packaging
- Household or food waste
- Waxed cardboard
- Broken glass or ceramics
- Polystyrene or foam trays
- Clothing or shoes
- Garden organics
- Vacuum dust
- Hot or cold coals
Council also accepts a range of recyclable items at its transfer stations.