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 bag and many types of 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
Electronic waste is now banned from landfill in Victoria (from 1 July 2019). This means you can no longer place any electronic waste in any household bin.
Instead, you can drop off your e-waste at the Monash Waste Transfer Station, save it for your next hard waste collection, or recycle your items at the other locations.
Monash Waste Transfer Station:
- FREE drop off: Anything with a plug, battery or cord (e.g. TVs, Computers, microwaves, household appliances, garden tools, toys, batteries, DVDs, CDs, mobile phones, solar panels, light fittings, light globes,
- Charged items: Large mixed material electronic items like electric chairs, massage chairs and beds, incur a processing fee
Civic Centre foyer:
FREE drop off: Mobile phones & chargers, batteries, light globes and small e-waste items (things you can carry with one hand under 30cm long)
What is e-waste?
If it has a plug, battery or a cord and is broken or unwanted, it’s e-waste.
Why recover it?
E-waste contains valuable materials that we can recover and reuse such as tin, nickel, zinc, aluminium, copper, silver and gold.
Many forms of e-waste contain heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium as well as ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCS) and flame retardants. 70 per cent of toxic chemicals found in landfill come from e-waste.
Find out where you can recycle your e-waste below or find more recycling locations at ewaste.vic.gov.au
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.
Good quality clothing can be donated to charity shops throughout Monash. For locations please see our Community Directory.
There are a number of bins located around Monash (on Council land) which accept clothing and household goods. Some of these companies export materials to overseas markets:
- Monash Transfer station, 380 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill – Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- Batesford Hub car park, 94 Batesford Road, Chadstone - Amaroo Neighbourhood House, www.amaroonc.org.au
- Car park, 331 Stephensons Road, Mount Waverley – Deafness Foundation in partnership with Lynmarc textiles
- Car park, 47 Viriginia Street, Mount Waverley - Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- Car park, 1 Alexander Street, Mount Waverley – Southern Cross Recycling bin,s scrg.com.au
- Car park, 1 Mummery Street, Mount Waverley – Deafness Foundation in partnership with Lynmarc textiles
- Car park, St Clair Crescent, Mount Waverley – Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- Car park, 34 O'Sullivan Road, Glen Waverley – Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- Car park, 22 O'Sullivan Road, Glen Waverley – Spine & Limb Foundation Vic (PARAVIN), www.nacro.org.au
- Car park, 31 Montclair Ave, Glen Waverley – Deafness Foundation in partnership with Lynmarc textiles
- Car park, 39 Montclair Ave, Glen Waverley – Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- Car park, 205 Gallaghers Road, Glen Waverley – Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- Car park, 95 Capital Avenue, Glen Waverley – Spine & Limb Foundation Vic (PARAVIN), www.nacro.org.au
- Car park, 22 Thompson street, Glen Waverley – Spine & Limb Foundation Vic (PARAVIN), www.nacro.org.au
- Car park, 1399 Centre Road, Clayton - Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- 1 Pinewood Drive, Mount Waverley - Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- Car park, 1 Aquatic Place, Glen Waverley - Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- 8 Charles Street, Mount Waverley - Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
- Car Park, corner of Springvale Road and Princes highway, Mulgrave - Southern Cross Recycling bins, scrg.com.au
Other recycling options
For more recycling options in your area check out recyclingnearyou.com.au
Or, if you are a business - businessrecycling.com.au