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Cameras

Candles and leftover candle wax

Dispose of in your household waste bin

Cans (steel or aluminium, squashed)

Car batteries

See 'Batteries, car' on our Recycling and waste guide B page

Note: It is illegal to put batteries in any household or street bins. Batteries are toxic and can explode. They can cause major fires in our collection trucks and at our waste processing facilities. Please only recycle batteries using one of the above methods.

Car/auto parts and tyres

Cardboard (unwaxed)

Cardboard (waxed - e.g. fruit boxes)

Carpet/carpet underlay

Cartridges (printer/toner)

Cassette and VHS covers and casings (tapes removed)

See Tape covers and casings (cassette/VHS tapes and paper insert removed).

Cassette and VHS tapes

See Tapes (cassette and VHS).

Cat poo (all pet poo)

CDs

CD cases (plastic)

CD players

Cellophane

Dispose of cellophane in the kerbside waste bin or as waste at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre.

Ceramics

Cereals and grains

Cereal boxes

Cereal box inner plastic bags

We are temporarily accepting soft plastics for recycling from Boroondara residents at 2 collection points. To find out more, visit our Temporary soft plastic recycling service page.

Chemicals (household)

Recycle through Detox your Home.

Note: It is illegal to put flammable items in any household or street bins. Flammable chemicals are toxic and can explode. They can cause major fires in our collection trucks and at our waste processing facilities. Please only recycle household chemicals using the above method.

Chicken (raw or cooked meat and bones)

Chip packets (silver-lined plastic)

We are temporarily accepting silver-lined plastics for recycling from Boroondara residents at 2 collection points. To find out more, visit our Temporary soft plastic recycling service page.

Chocolate wrappers (silver-lined plastic)

We are temporarily accepting silver-lined plastics for recycling from Boroondara residents at 2 collection points. To find out more, visit our Temporary soft plastic recycling service page.

Christmas trees (plastic)

  • Avoid by getting crafty and making your own
  • Reuse by packing away carefully and storing safely for next year
  • Reuse by buying a second hand plastic tree or donate yours to a charity shop if you no longer need it
  • If broken, dispose of in your household waste bin, if it doesn't fit, take to Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre or book a hard waste collection.

Christmas trees (real)

  • Avoid waste by making own crafty tree from reused materials (for example, drift wood tree)
  • Reuse by using a live plant or tree in a pot every year
  • Recycle by booking a free Christmas tree collection.

Chux wipes

  • Avoid by using reusable cloths instead
  • Reuse until cannot be reused anymore
  • Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Cigarette butts

  • Dispose of in your household waste bin
  • Tip: Carry a pocket ashtray to collect your butts and prevent littering.

Cigarette lighters (empty)

Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Cigarette lighters (full or partially full)

Recycle through Detox your Home.

Note: It is illegal to put flammable items in any household or street bins. Full cigarette lighters can explode. They can cause major fires in our collection trucks and at our waste processing facilities. Please only recycle full or partially full cigarette lighters through the above method.

Citrus (juice, pulp and skin)

Cleaning rags  

Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Cling wrap/cling film/plastic wrap

  • Avoid by using reusable plastic containers with lids or bees wax wraps
  • Cling wrap can be recycled through Terracycle. Alternatively, cling wrap can be disposed of in the kerbside waste bin or as waste at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre

Clothing (good condition)

Clothing (damaged)

  • Reuse as rags at home
  • For clothing at end-of-life, recycle the items by dropping them off at select clothing retailers, such as H&M Group and Zara, or recyclers such as Upparel and Textile Recyclers Australia (TRA).
  • Recycle via RCYCL, a local Melbourne business that takes your unwanted clothes and textiles that are too soiled, stained or torn to donate. RCYCL shred these and turn them into yarn to be made into items like rugs, felt and carpet underlay.
  • Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Coat hangers (plastic or metal)

Coffee cups and lids (biodegradable, compostable and disposable types)

  • Avoid waste by carrying a reusable coffee cup or by dining in
  • Compostable types - recycle in your home compost bin (not FOGO bin)
  • All other types - dispose of in your household waste bin.

Coffee filter papers

Coffee grounds and beans

Coffee pods (disposable)

  • Avoid waste by using ground coffee
  • Avoid waste by using a reusable/refillable, metal coffee pod
  • Recycle via coffee pod suppliers which you can find on the Planet Ark website
  • Recycle through the Terracycle website. Search 'pods' to find the ones you can recycle
  • Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Coffee pods (compostable)

  • Avoid waste by using ground coffee
  • Avoid waste by using a reusable/refillable metal coffee pod and your choice of ground coffee
  • Recycle in your compost bin, worm farm, Bokashi bin or green cone solar composter
  • Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Compostable cutlery, plates and takeaway containers

Note: Compostable cutlery, plates and takeaway containers are not accepted in FOGO bins.

Computers, parts and accessories

Concrete, bricks, rubble, rocks

Recycle at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre (fees apply).

Cooking oil (maximum 10 litres in 5-litre cans)

Recycle at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre.

Cooking oil and fats absorbed in paper towel or newspaper

Recycle in your FOGO bin.

Cookware

See Pot and pans on the A to Z recycling and waste guide P page.

Cordial bottles – plastic (Cottee's brand)

Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Cordial bottles – plastic (all other brands except Cottee's)

Recycle in your recycling bin

Corks (natural wine or bottle corks)

Corks (plastic and synthetic wine or bottle corks)

Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Cotton buds

  • Avoid waste by using reusable cotton buds
  • Reduce plastic waste by using 100% natural paper cotton buds
  • Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Cotton wool

Crockery (in usable condition)

Reuse by donating to your local charity or op-shop

Crockery (damaged)

Curtain rods (metal)

Curtains

  • Reuse by donating to your local charity or op-shop
  • Sell through The Curtain Exchange
  • Recycle via RCYCL, a local Melbourne business that takes your unwanted clothes and textiles that are too soiled, stained or torn to donate. RCYCL shred these and turn them into yarn to be made into items like rugs, felt and carpet underlay
  • Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Cutlery (plastic)

  • Avoid waste by using reusable cutlery
  • Reuse by washing and reusing until no longer usable
  • Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Cutlery (compostable)

Dispose of in your household waste bin.

Note: Compostable cutlery is not accepted in FOGO bins.

Cutlery (cornstarch, sugarcane, potato starch)

Note: Cutlery made from cornstarch, sugarcane and potato starch is not accepted in FOGO bins.

Cutlery (metal)