Recycling bins

Your recycling bin has a yellow lid and is collected every 2 weeks, alternating with the green waste bin collection (lime green lid).

Find out your waste collection dates.

What to do on bin night

Place your bins out before 6am on the day of collection. Put your bins on the nature strip facing towards the road at least half a metre from other bins, cars or obstructions.

Ensure that your bin lids are closed, with no rubbish beside or on top of them. Remove your bins from the nature strip within 24 hours of collection.

What goes in your recycling bin?

  • plastic milk and juice bottles - please leave plastic lids on
  • plastic containers - please leave plastic lids on
  • tetra packs, including milk and juice cartons
  • takeaway coffee cup lids  
  • glass jars - please remove metal lids
  • glass bottles - please remove metal lids
  • aluminium and steel cans, aerosols and foil
  • newspapers, magazines and cardboard boxes
  • plastic bag and flexible plastic packaging contained in a plastic bag
  • pots and pans
  • toys
  • plastic plant pots

What NOT to put in the Recycle Bin:

NOT for recycling
  •   NO polystyrene
  •   NO waxed cardboard, including takeaway coffee cups
  •   NO loose plastic bags or loose flexible plastic packaging (contain these inside one plastic bag )
  •   NO crockery, Pyrex or broken glass
  •   NO motor oil containers
  •   NO hazardous or chemical waste
  •   NO paper with food remains
  •   NO nappies or household rubbish
  •   NO syringes

Do you need to dispose of something that cant go in your recycling bin or isn't listed?

Take a look at our Hard Waste Collection service or on the other pages in this section for how to dispose of chemicals, lighting, paint and electronic waste. 

What happens to your recycling?

There are two separate contractors engaged by Council to manage its recycling service. The contents of the recycling bins are collected fortnightly by Council’s contractor, Cleanaway. Cleanaway transports the contents to a recycling facility in Laverton North managed by SKM Recycling, who Council also has a contract with to receive and process the recycled materials.

To understand more about the SKM recycling process, download their Recycling Process Diagram(PDF, 918KB).

To find out more information about Council's recycling service, please view our Recycling Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 210KB).

Missed Collection

If your recycling bin has not been emptied, please contact Council on 9932 1000 or complete the Missed Bin Collection online form.

Lost, damaged and stolen bins

Council will replace or repair your recycling bin if it has undergone normal wear and tear, or if it is stolen. A Statutory Declaration may be required.

If you have lost your recycling bin or it has been stolen or damaged, please contact Council on 9932 1000 or Report a Damaged or Missing Bin online.