Recycling and sustainability

End your recycling contamination this National Recycling Week

This National Recycling Week (11 to 17 November), we encourage you to think about the items you’re placing in your recycling bin to stop contamination and ensure your recycling efforts really count.

Contamination can lead to your recycling bin contents being sent to landfill. It can also result in soaring recycling service costs, which are passed on to residents.

Residents will receive a warning when their bin is contaminated and will be asked to remove the items.

One of the biggest issues we face in Boroondara is contamination within recycling bins.

Let’s all work together to reduce the 6 major contaminants in Boroondara recycling bins:

Recycling in bags

Ensure all your recyclable items are put directly into your recycling bin, not in bags.

Food and garden waste

Containers with food scraps must be emptied and food-free before you recycle them. Garden waste should go directly in your green waste bin only.

Flexible/soft plastics

VISY does not accept flexible/soft plastics like plastic bags, wrappings and soft plastic food bags. Drop these off at a ‘REDcycle’ collection point at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.

Clothing and shoes

If you have old, unwanted clothes and shoes, consider donating them to the local charity/op-shop or selling them first. Dispose of damaged clothes and shoes in your household waste bin.

Polystyrene (solid white only)

Polystyrene/styrofoam needs to be recycled at our Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre. Say no to hot drink cups and take-away food packaging, instead use your own reusable cup and containers.

Electronic waste (e-waste)

It is now illegal to put e-waste in any bin as it must be separated for special reprocessing. Donate or sell functional e-waste or recycle broken e-waste items through our Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre or at local e-waste collection banks (6 sites located across Boroondara). Alternatively, book a free hard waste collection.

For more information about what goes in your recycling bin, see our Recycling bin page.

The Vic Bag Ban

Victorians use an average of 1 billion plastic shopping bags every year. The majority of these bags end up in landfill and around 10 million end up as litter, polluting our environment and endangering our wildlife.

To combat this problem, the Victorian Government is implementing a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags, commencing 1 November 2019.

Get organised and declutter your life

Join Julie Cliff from Space and Time for a free, step-by-step workshop to show you how to organise, declutter and store just about anything.

She will share strategies to avoid clutter in the first place and responsibly recycle and dispose of items you no longer need.