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We collect your recycling bin weekly. Find your bin day

You can also drop off recyclables at our recycling and waste centres.

Ordering a new bin

If you are a new resident at a new property who doesn't have a recycling bin, please contact us to order a new one.

There are 2 sizes of recycling bin available - 120 litres and 240 litres. Please contact us if you'd like to change the size of your recycling bin.

What we collect

  • Soft drink, juice, milk and water bottles
  • Margarine, yoghurt and ice-cream containers
  • Detergent and cordial bottles
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Newspapers, magazines and junk mail
  • Office and computer paper
  • Letters and envelopes
  • Cardboard and cereal boxes (large cardboard boxes cut into smaller pieces)
  • Telephone books
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Steel cans
  • Aluminium cans, foil and pie trays
  • Aerosol cans (empty)

Make sure all bottles, cartons, jars, containers and cans are rinsed and all food scraps removed.

Download our recycling bin lid sticker (PDF, 73 KB) to help you recycle correctly.

What we don't collect

  • Gas bottles, gas canisters or bulbs – high explosive risk
  • Aerosols that are full/partially full – high explosive risk
  • Batteries (all types) – high explosive risk
  • Motor oil containers – high explosive risk
  • Mobile phones – high explosive risk
  • Electronic waste (‘e-waste’)
  • Garden/green waste
  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags and flexible plastics
  • Plastic toys
  • Flexible plastics with foil lining e.g. chips packets
  • Large metal mechanical parts e.g. car or engine parts
  • Metal pots and pans
  • Nappies (used or clean)
  • Photographs
  • Video tapes
  • Textiles and clothing
  • Garden hoses
  • Vacuum cleaner hoses
  • Polystyrene packaging, cups and meat trays
  • Ceramic plates, cups and crockery
  • Drinking glasses
  • Light globes and broken glass
  • Window glass
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Waxed coated boxes
  • Dead animals or animal waste
  • Syringes, needles
  • Medical waste
  • Any other rubbish

Please check the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre page for items that may not be collected but can be recycled there. 

Plastics and plastic codes

Many plastics carry a small triangle symbol with a number in the middle. This number indicates the type of plastic, not that it is recyclable. Please do not use it as a guide for recycling.

Council only accepts hard plastic bottles and hard plastic tubs/trays/containers (eg. yogurt pots, margarine tubs, takeaway restaurant containers). 

We do not accept the following in recycling bins:

•    Plastic that can be scrunched into a ball such as plastic bags, food wrappers, or food packets. Take it to Coles or Woolworths for recycling via the REDcycle Program.
•    Plastic that snaps easily such as some meat trays. This is polystyrene and should go into your waste bin.

A to Z recycling and waste guide

If you have an unwanted item and you're not sure what to do with it, use our guide to find the best way to deal with it.

Search the guide

How to put your bin out

The night before your collection day, please put your bin out:

  • on the naturestrip
  • close to your driveway
  • clear of all obstacles such as trees, poles and parked cars
  • with the bin handle facing your property.

Bin collection on public holidays

Bins are collected as usual on all public holidays, except Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday. An alternative collection day will be advertised prior to these days.

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