waste collection

Your household waste and recycling bins will be collected on the same day each week.

The service operates all year round except on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Collections normally scheduled on these days will take place on the closest Saturday. Residents likely to be affected will be individually notified.

Once collected, the waste is taken to the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre in Camberwell and transferred to either the regional landfill site in Clayton South – of which the City of Boroondara is part owner – or to other contracted landfills.

Your waste is collected in a Council-issued bin. We will not collect waste from non-Council-issued bins. Only one household waste bin is permitted per property.

If there are exceptional circumstances, such as a household of five or more, or for medical reasons, a 240 litre waste bin is available at the concession rate of $686. If you are eligible for this concession you should fill out an application form and send it to Council.

What can go in your household waste bin?

Household waste that cannot be re-used, recycled or composted goes in your bin. All household waste should be bagged to prevent spillage during collection. Bins should be placed on the nature strip, with the handle facing your property, the night before your collection day.

What cannot go in your household waste bin?

  • green waste
  • medical waste
  • oil
  • syringes
  • soil
  • unwrapped vacuum dust
  • unwrapped ashes
  • paint
  • chemicals/solvents
  • timber
  • any other liquids
  • building materials.

Recycling process

Recyclables are delivered to a resource recovery facility, where things that clearly shouldn't be there – such as food waste – are removed by hand.

The sorting process:

  • steel is removed using a magnet
  • materials pass through a trommel – a large rotating cylinder – that sorts by size. The bulk of the containers (glass, plastic and aluminium) fall through the trommel holes and the bulk of the paper continues through the trommel.
  • materials that fall though the trommel holes pass over a vibrating screen to remove fine pieces of glass
  • the remaining materials move over an air classifier to separate the lightweight materials, such as aluminium cans and plastic bottles, from the heavier glass materials
  • glass passes through an automatic ceramic detector to remove any small pieces of ceramic that might contaminate the glass recycling process
  • glass bottles are left behind and conveyed into storage hoppers for delivery to processing plants
  • plastic bottles, cartons and aluminium are sorted and conveyed into storage bays, or baled ready for delivery to processing plants.

Oil recycling

An oil recycling facility is available at the Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre, 648 Riversdale Road, Camberwell (Melway 60 B1)

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 1pm to 4pm: for all types of waste
Saturday – 8am to 4pm: for all types of waste
Sunday – 8am to 4pm: for green waste and recyclables only

More information

Quick guide to recycling (PDF, 194 kB)

Sustainability Victoria
Sustainability Victoria is a Victorian government agency providing information and advice to business, government and communities on waste reduction and recycling.

Waste Minimisation and Recycling Strategy
Council's Waste Management and Recycling Strategy 2003–2010 includes initiatives and actions to improve recycling and reduce the waste we send to landfill.