Recycling bins

Recycling bin with yellow lid

Latest update: recycling crisis 

Council is looking for innovative solutions to the current recycling crisis - and residents are being asked to help.

Council and its waste contractor, Four Seasons Waste, have been looking for alternative options for processing of the shire’s recycling following the closure of its processor SKM Recycling. An alternative processor has been identified, but this processor will only accept recycling loads which do not contain glass.

Please do not place glass in recycling bins (yellow lid), effective immediately, so we can explore this option further.

You can take glass free of charge to Council's transfer stations in Kyneton, Woodend and Romsey. As a last resort, glass can be placed in general rubbish bins (red lid). Lancefield residents who are currently taking part in the current glass recycling trial will be able to place glass in the special 'glass only' bins which have been provided to participants.

Council will consider long-term options regarding recycling at its Ordinary Council Meeting on 28 August.

Council has long been advocating for a solution to the recycling issue which involves all levels of government working together. The Victorian Government has announced councils affected by SKM’s closure will receive a rebate to cover additional costs incurred to deal with recyclable waste.

Collection days

Your 240 litre recycling bin (yellow lid) is collected fortnightly, on the alternate week to your green garden bin (if you have one).

Find out your bin collection day

Bin replacement program

If you've received a letter from Council to advise that your recycling bin is due for replacement, please refer to New bin rollout underway for more information. 

Do's and don'ts 

Do put these items in your recycling bin:

  • Paper, including envelopes, newspapers, magazines, flyers
  • Aerosols
  • 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
  • Any plastics with the codes 1 to 7

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 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:

  • Glass bottles, jars, broken glass or ceramics
  • Batteries
  • Plastic bags, wraps or packaging
  • Household or food waste
  • Waxed cardboard 
  • Polystyrene or foam trays
  • Clothing or shoes
  • Garden organics
  • Syringes
  • Vacuum dust
  • Hot or cold coals

Council also accepts a range of recyclable items at its transfer stations.