Our recycling bins are blue with a yellow lid. We collect them once a week.

Blue bin with a yellow lid.

Find your bin day

See Find your bin day.

What we collect

  • plastic bottles (leave lids on)
  • hard plastic containers, for example margarine tubs, biscuit trays and punnets
  • glass jars and bottles (lids removed)
  • paper, newspapers, magazines and junk mail
  • cardboard and cereal boxes
  • steel tins
  • aluminium cans, foil
  • aerosol cans

Make sure all items are loose and not bagged, and empty.

You can also take recycling to the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre and Kew Depot Recycling Drop-off Centre.

What we do not collect

These are the top items that should not be placed in your recycling bin: 

  • bagged recycling
  • plastic bags and soft plastic wrappings - take them to a REDcycle location
  • green waste and food waste
  • polystyrene packaging, cups and meat trays
  • textiles and clothing
  • batteries and electronic items (e-waste)
  • motor oil containers
  • ceramic plates, cups and crockery
  • glass items apart from bottles and jars
  • nappies and baby wipes

A to Z recycling and waste guide

For a detailed list of waste items and how to dispose of them, see our A to Z recycling and waste guide.

Australasian recycling labels (ARL)

Always look for the new Australasian recycling labels, now found on the back of most supermarket items.

These labels provide easy to understand information about what can be recycled, to clear up confusion, save you time and reduce waste going to landfill.

The label will tell you where each piece of packaging from an item should go - for example the lid, the wrapper and the container.

Plastic codes

The triangle symbol you see on the back of packaging only tells you the type of plastic it is. It doesn’t indicate whether the packaging is recyclable. Please don’t use these codes as a recycling guide.

Our processor, VISY only accepts plastic bottles and hard plastic containers. These include items such as:

  • milk bottles
  • sauce bottles
  • juice bottles
  • yoghurt pots
  • margarine tubs
  • takeaway containers.

They do not accept other types of hard plastics or any soft plastics. 

Contaminated recycling bins

Make sure you only put accepted items in your recycling bin. Contaminated recycling can lead to the whole truck load of recycling being sent to landfill.

If you put items in your recycling bin that are not accepted, you will be issued with an orange warning sticker advising you of the contamination issue. 

If you continue to contaminate your recycling bin with items that are not accepted, you will be issued with a red non-collection sticker and a postcard in your letterbox. Your recycling bin will not be emptied and you will need to remove the contaminants before we will empty the bin. Once you have done this you can contact us on (03) 9278 4444 to arrange for your bin to be emptied.

For more information on the contaminated bin process, you can contact us on (03) 9278 4444 or at [email protected]

Bin fees

We provide recycling bins free of charge.

Bin sizes

Size Height
120 L 92 cm
240 L 107 cm

Order a recycling bin

If you live in an apartment or unit complex with 7 or more dwellings, you'll need or organise a new or larger bin through your body corporate or managing agent.

If you are renting at a property, you should talk to your landlord or managing agent about ordering a new bin.

How to order a new bin

If you are a new resident at a new property that does not have a recycling bin, contact us to order one.

How to order a different size bin

To order a different size bin, contact us on (03) 9278 4444.

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