Managing your waste during the pandemic

Are your bins filling up too quickly?

During the pandemic, we are all spending more time at home. This means for many of us, we are generating more waste that would usually be disposed of in bins at work or school.

If you are experiencing capacity issues in your bins, here are some suggestions to assist you:

Sort your waste well

Your general waste bin should always be the last resort. Become familiar with what can and can’t go in your recycling and FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) bins. Bulky items like cardboard boxes and bottles can take up valuable space in your general waste bin so ensure they are sorted into the correct bins.

Tip: Don’t forget to flatten boxes and packaging to maximize space in your bins.

Remember no organic materials belong in your general waste bin, all food scraps including meat and bones should be placed in your FOGO bin. Items like paper towel, tissues and shredded paper can also go in your FOGO bin to be turned into compost.

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

Take excess items to a transfer station

If you’re having a spring clean, sorting out the garage, or having one of those weeks with more waste than usual, you can take excess general waste to a transfer station. Recyclable items including excess cardboard are free to drop off and some items will incur a disposal fee.

Learn more about accepted items and fees.

Upgrade to a larger bin

For households that produce extra general waste, did you know you can upgrade your general waste bin from a 140 litre to a 240 litre bin? Upsize your general waste bin or order extra general waste, recycling, FOGO or glass-only bins.          

Reduce your households waste

Looking for ways to reduce waste and implementing just one or two small changes can be an impactful way to reduce the capacity in your bins and have a positive effect on the environment. Visit our waste reduction tips for ideas to help minimise waste in your household.


Which bin do face masks go in?

  • Single-use coverings and gloves are for single-use only and should be disposed of responsibly in your general waste bin.
  • You should always wash or sanitise your hands immediately after handling these items and touching bins.
  • Do not put single-use coverings or gloves in your recycling, glass-only or FOGO bins.

For the most up to date information on face coverings, visit: Department Health and Human Services.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advises that face masks need not be of surgical quality to be effective. The most environmentally-friendly option is a reusable cloth mask. 

There are many brands that sell reusable cloth masks. Sustainability Victoria recommends buying from local and independent businesses that source materials sustainably. View Ethical Clothing Australia’s list of ethical reusable cloth masks