Rubbish/general waste bins

What goes in this bin?

Your 140 litre rubbish/general waste bin (red or dark green lid) is for all general household waste that is not compostable or recyclable and can not go in your FOGOrecycling and glass-only bins, such as:

  • Household rubbish
  • Nappies (wrapped)
  • Soft plastics
  • Polystyrene and foam
  • Broken glassware, crockery and mirrors
  • Damaged and old shoes, clothing and textiles
  • Tetra packs, milk and juice cartons
  • Any items that can't go in your FOGO, glass-only or recycling bin

Using your general waste bin and sending materials to landfill should always be a last resort.
Learn more about reducing waste.

Do not put in your rubbish/general waste bin

  • Garden waste
  • Food waste
  • Glass
  • Paints and solvents
  • Pesticides, oils and chemicals
  • Building materials
  • Recyclable items
  • Electrical/e-waste
  • Syringes and sharps

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.

Can I use a liner in my bin? 

You may find that you do need to line this bin as waste must be wrapped to minimise windblown litter at the disposal facility.

You can choose to use compostable or biodegradable bin liners in your household bins to minimise environmental impact, however plastic bags can also be used. 

Find out your bin collection day

Your 140 litre rubbish/general waste bin (red or dark green lid) is collected fortnightly, on the alternating week to your recycling bin (yellow lid).

Your collection day and the bins you need to put out for collection each week depend on the area that you live in.

Search your address online to find out when your next bin collection day is and download a calendar.

Choosing a larger bin

You can choose to upgrade your rubbish/general waste bin to a larger 240 litre bin. An annual fee of $170 applies in addition to the standard waste charge (unless you are eligible for a medical exemption as outlined below).

Before you choose to upgrade to a larger bin, we have discovered that many residents can avoid upgrading by sorting their waste more effectively. We are here to help, to discuss ways to reduce your waste bin and avoid extra disposal fees contact our Resource Recovery Team on (03) 5422 0333.

To request a bin upgrade, complete a bin upgrade request form

One upgrade from a 140 litre to 240 litre general waste bin permitted per tenement. If extra general waste bins are required, additional 140 litre bins are available.

Special consideration exemption

You may be eligible to upgrade to a larger rubbish/general waste bin at no extra cost if you:

  • have a disability or medical condition, or
  • are caring for a person with a disability or medical condition
  • are a landlord and have a tenant living at your property who meets any of the above criteria.

To apply, you will need to upload a letter from your doctor advising that treatment of a specific condition involves generation of significant additional waste for the household.

Complete the Application for Special Consideration Form

If you are renting and would like to apply for special consideration, please complete the above application form. If your application is approved, we will contact both you and your landlord to advise of the service change.

Putting your bin out correctly

  • Put your bin out the night before your collection day.
  • Leave a one-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. 

Where does your waste go?

Waste collected from your household rubbish/general waste bins is transported to the Cleanaway Melbourne Regional Landfill facility in Ravenhall.