Your recycling bin and household waste bin are collected on the same day each week. We provide every residential property in Boroondara with one Council recycling bin.

Collected recycling is taken to a resource recovery facility where it is sorted, including separating steel, glass, plastic and aluminium so they can be delivered to the right processing plants.

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

  • Plastics displaying recycling code 1-7
  • Soft drink, juice, milk and water bottles
  • Margarine, yoghurt and ice-cream containers
  • Plastic toys (no batteries or electronics)
  • Detergent and cordial bottles
  • Plastic bags and sorted flexible plastics placed in a plastic bag and tied at the top
  • Glass jars and bottles (tops and lids removed)
  • 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
  • Metal pots and pans
  • 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.

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
  • Loose plastic bags and loose flexible plastics
  • Flexible plastics with foil lining e.g. chips packets
  • Large metal mechanical parts e.g. car or engine parts
  • 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. 

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.
    For more information on our waste services, see our A to Z Recycling and Waste Guide and green waste calendar (PDF, 1.76 MB). You can also download our Recycle Coach app and see what goes where in our online A to Z recycling and waste guide.

    Find your recycling bin collection day

    • Type your street name into the search box below (please don't add a house number) .
    • Use your street type in full – such as 'road' or 'street' - rather than 'rd' or 'st'.
    • Select your location and click UPDATE.

     If you don't see a list of locations after entering your street name, click in the search box again.

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