This week is National Recycling Week. Celebrated annually from 7 to 14 November, the campaign aims to educate and empower people to recycle correctly and rethink waste more broadly.

Everyone has an important role to play in reducing waste to landfill. Here are some tips to help you reduce, reuse and recycle:

  • Before buying something new, consider whether you could borrow or rent the items instead.
  • You can sell, share, swap or donate unwanted items to stop them going to landfill.
  • Remember to bring your reusable bags, coffee cups, water bottles and cutlery when heading out.
  • Always place loose recyclables in your yellow-lidded recycling bin. You can find out what can and can't go in your bins on our How to use your bins page.
  • For larger items like whitegoods, e-waste, mattresses and other furniture items which cannot be donated or sold, book a hard waste collection online and our team will collect them. You find out how to book on our Hard waste collection page.

You can find everything you need to know about how to correctly dispose of household items on our A to Z collection guide.

Soft plastics

We were disappointed to hear that soft plastics (like plastic bags) can no longer be recycled through REDcycle at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, as the REDcycle service has been suspended. 

We have reached out to Recycling Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for advice and to seek assistance in accessing alternative services.

In the meantime, and if you have space, we encourage you to hold on to your soft plastics until further updates become available.

Alternatively, soft plastics can be disposed of in the kerbside waste bin or as waste at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre. We will keep our community informed as more information comes to hand

If you have any further questions, please contact us at [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4444.