Recycling bins

When is your recycling bin collection day?

Your 240 litre recycling bin (yellow lid) is collected fortnightly, on the alternate week to your general waste bin (red lid) if you are in a FOGO area.

Find out your bin collection day

Removal of glass from recycling bins

Glass is not accepted in your recycling bin (yellow lid). Please continue to keep glass out of your recycling bin and place glass in your glass-only bin (purple lid) bin.

Separating and sorting glass from recycling is an important step in ensuring all recyclables avoid being sent to landfill and can be turned into something new.

When mixed with other materials, glass can break. Shards and small pieces of glass can become embedded in paper and cardboard and reduce the quality of these materials, making them harder to recycle or resulting in recyclables going to landfill.

What can go in your recycling bin?

  • Paper including envelopes, office paper, newspapers, magazines
  • Cardboard including boxes, cereal boxes, egg cartons, clean pizza boxes
  • Household metals including aerosols, aluminium and steel tin cans, foil (scrunched)
  • Rigid plastics such as soft drink bottles, milk and detergent bottles, biscuit trays, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs

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 not put in your recycling bin

  • Bagged recyclables
  • Plastic bags, soft plastics like chip packets, snack wrappers, produce bags
  • General waste
  • Polystyrene or foam
  • Light globes
  • Glass and ceramics
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Clothing, shoes and textiles
  • Syringes and sharps
  • Tetra packs, lined milk and juice cartons
  • Electrical/e-waste

For more information, download our Let's get sorted guide(PDF, 1MB) or for a complete list, refer to our A-Z waste guide of what goes where

What do the different recycling symbols mean?

 

Triangle Recycling Symbol

Triangle recycling symbol

This symbol can mean a couple of different things. It can show that a product is made from recycled content or that it is recyclable. Some items can be recycled through your kerbside recycling bin, others may need to be returned to a drop off location for specialist recycling. Always check before placing in your bin, refer to our Let’s get sorted guide for what can and can’t go in your recycling bin.

 

Plastic Identification Code Number 7

Plastic identification code

It may look like a recycling symbol but this number indicates the type of plastic the item is made from. Not all of these plastics can be recycled and some may require specialist recycling. Not all items have been marked with a code by the manufacturer, it’s always best to check the list of accepted plastic items before placing in your bin.

 
Australasian Recycling Label. The label explains how to recycle or dispose of the individual components of the packaging

Australasian recycling symbol

The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) is an evidence based system that provides consumers with easy to understand recycling information for packaging of participating brands. It shows what needs to be done with each piece of a package to dispose of it in the best way. Learn more about the ARL.

Check our A-Z guide of what goes where for a comprehensive list of specific waste items.

Putting your bin out correctly

  • Put your bin out the night before your collection day.
  • Leave a 1 metre gap between each bin and any obstructions, e.g. trees, cars, power poles.
  • Place bins close to the road with handles facing your property.
  • Ensure bins are closed.
  • Do not over fill bins or leave rubbish beside them. This will not be collected.
  • Bins must not weigh more than 80 kilograms when collected. 

New recycling bin lid stickers

Our contractors are currently placing new stickers on the lid of all recycling bins across the shire.
This sticker is a friendly reminder that no glass is to be placed in the yellow lid recycling bin and highlights the materials that are currently accepted.

If you do not have a sticker on your recycling bin yet, we may not have reached your area.

Sticker example:

New-recycling-bin-lid-sticker

If you would like a sticker posted to you to place on the bin yourself, call our Customer Service team on (03) 5422 0333 or mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au