Read about where your waste, FOGO and recycling goes when we collect it or you drop it off.

Food and garden waste

We collect this from your Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin.

We take it to Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre. We tip it into large hoppers and compact it to fill large semi-trailer trucks.

From here it is taken to Bio Grow Composting Facility.

It gets pre-sorted, shredded and decontaminated before it is transported to South Australia.

The material gets blended with other materials and turned into mulch and compost.

Some of this product is:

  • used in large-scale crop farms
  • used to cultivate and harvest grapes (viticulture)
  • used to cultivate plants to produce food or medicines (horticulture)
  • sold at local garden centres.

Recycling

Your recycling is collected by Cleanaway, from your recycling bin.

They take it to VISY’s Materials Recovery Facility for sorting.

Some contaminated items are removed by hand.

Advanced sorting technology then separates materials into groups:

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • glass
  • plastic
  • steel and aluminium.

Unfortunately not all contaminated materials are identified through this process. This is why it's important to only place the correct items in your recycling bin.

Household waste

We collect this from your household waste bin.

We take it to Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre. We tip it into large hoppers and compact it to fill large semi-trailer trucks.

It's then taken by truck to Cleanaway’s Melbourne Regional Landfill.

Waste does not get sorted or processed before being dumped at the landfill site.

Landfill space is running out with only a few remaining sites near Melbourne.

Some materials take a long time to break down in landfill and cause harmful greenhouse gas.

You can help by reducing the amount of waste you send to landfill.

More information

Read our tips for reducing waste.

Find your bin day.

Read our Waste A-Z guide to learn what goes in each of your bins.


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