Waste and recycling in focus

New recycling process for Boroondara

The City of Boroondara and our contracted recycling collection agency Cleanaway recently reached agreement with VISY to receive and process 100 per cent of the City’s kerbside recycling collections.

This is an ongoing arrangement and means recyclable material collected in Boroondara will not be sent to landfill.

It’s important that we recycle correctly and avoid contamination.

What has changed?

  • Please do not put soft/flexible plastics in your recycling bin as VISY does not recycle soft plastics.
  • Paper napkins and paper hand towels cannot go in your recycling bin. If you have a compost bin, you can tear them into small pieces and put them in there, or simply put them in your household waste bin.
  • Soft/flexible plastics can be dropped off for recycling at a REDcycle collection point at Coles or Woolworths supermarkets.
  • Electronic waste cannot be placed in your rubbish bins.


To order a hard copy of Boroondara’s updated A to Z recycling and waste guide, call 9278 4444 or send an email with your name and address to [email protected]

Recycling: what goes in your bin?

Items must be clean, dry and loose. DO NOT put your recycling in bags.

Accepted materials

  • glass bottles and jars
  • steel cans
  • plastic bottles and containers
  • cardboard boxes (squashed)
  • milk and juice cartons
  • aluminium cans, foil and trays
  • paper (e.g. newspapers, magazines and mail)
  • empty aerosol cans

Unaccepted materials

DO NOT put these items in your recycling bin. They contaminate your bin and may result in your bin contents being sent to landfill.

  • bagged material
  • polystyrene
  • soft/flexible plastics
  • garden waste
  • food waste
  • clothing and footwear 
  • paper napkins
  • paper towels

Food Organics and Garden Organics service (FOGO)

From May 2020, we will implement a Food Organics and Garden Organics service for residents who use our kerbside waste collection services. This will mean residents can place food and garden waste in the same bin, which could divert up to 19,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year and save harmful greenhouse gases being emitted. The FOGO material will be processed into soil conditioning products for use in agriculture and horticulture.

Get smart on reducing food waste

We can all play our part to cut the amount of waste we generate across Boroondara.

Here are some simple tips to avoid food waste filling your bins:

  • Shop smart. Plan your meals, make a shopping list and stick to it.
  • Shop at your local farmers market. Get fresh, seasonal, loose produce and support farmers directly. Or if you have space, grow your own.
  • Buy bulk, loose food. Only buy what you need and use your own bags or containers.
  • Get your subsidised compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin.

Recycling and Waste Centre temporary closure

The Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre at 648 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, will soon undergo major works to extend its roof. This is expected to commence late September/early October and means the waste centre will close for approximately 4 weeks.

The work enables us to comply with new Victorian Government policy and will also provide:

  • safer drop-off conditions for site users
  • greater flexibility for collecting materials for recycling
  • safer working conditions for staff and contractors.

Did you know?

  • Australia’s food waste could fill 32 MCGs a year.
  • One in 5 bags worth of groceries ends up in the bin, which is equivalent to around $3,000 worth of groceries per Aussie household each year.
  • If food wastage were a country it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter.
  • When organic waste breaks down in landfill it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Source: Presentation - Fighting Food Waste - Cultivating Community

More information

For more details about waste management in Boroondara, see our waste and environment page.