There are many items that cannot be recycled in your residential yellow lid household bin, but can be recycled in other ways. The best way to reduce your waste is to avoid purchasing items in excessive packaging.
Monash Transfer Station and Recycling Station accepts many recyclable items for free (including paint, X Ray film, metal, small amounts of polystyrene, large pieces of cardboard, all household and car batteries, light globes, cooking oil, textiles, TVs, computers, printers and mobile phones).
Batteries and mobile phones are also accepted at the Civic Centre (special recycling bin is provided).
Up to 50% of our bin contents is food waste. To learn how to reduce this waste, please read: Reducing Food Waste
Soft plastics include plastic bags, cling film and any plastic packaging that can be scrunched up. These can be recycled through the major supermarkets soft plastic bins. The Red Group collects this material and Replas uses it to make new products.
More information: www.redcycle.net.au/what-to-redcycle
The state government has announced a single use plastic bag ban to come into effect in 2019.
More information: engage.vic.gov.au/waste/plastic-pollution
The best way to reduce coffee cup waste is to take a reusable cup to your coffee shop. Many cafes have signed up to offer discounts on your purchase for using a reusable cup. Learn more at www.responsiblecafes.org or ask you favourite café if they provide a discount.
Some companies are signing up to a disposal cup recycling program. Read more: www.simplycups.com.au
E-waste or electronic waste is anything with a battery or power cord. The transfer station accepts (no fees) TVs, computers, printers, mobile phones, which are recycled.
From 1 July 2019, the State government will ban all e-waste from landfill. The Transfer station is currently preparing to accept all e-waste for recycling from 1 July 2019.
Some companies pay for their packaging to be recycled (Product Stewardship), which means it’s FREE for consumers to recycle these items, but they are restricted to the participating brands. This scheme includes Colgate products, Nespresso and Nescafe coffee pods, L’Oreal and Garnier beauty products.
Other recycling options
For more recycling options in your area check out recyclingnearyou.com.au
Or, if you are a business - businessrecycling.com.au