What goes in your recycling

Recycling bin

Your recycling bin is for common household packaging typically purchased at a supermarket which can be sorted and separated at material recovery facilities for recycling.

Only paper, cardboard, hard plastic containers, glass bottles and jars, aluminium and steel cans can go in your recycling bin.  

Your recycling (yellow lid) bin is collected fortnightly, on the alternate week to your green waste bin.

You can find the dates of when your bins will be collected at My Neighbourhood.

What can go in your recycling bin

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Advertising material, junk mail, flyers
  • Aluminium cans, steel cans – such as soft drink cans, tinned fruit, vegetable cans, pet food tins
  • Aluminium trays, foil (scrunch into a ball)
  • Books, notepads
  • Cardboard, cereal boxes, food boxes, egg cartons
  • Glass bottles, jars – such as sauce bottles, spreads, coffee jar
  • Greeting cards, envelopes
  • Hard plastic bottles – such as milk, cordial, water, soft drink bottles
  • Hard plastic containers – such as biscuit trays, cream bottles, yoghurt, ice cream containers, margarine, butter containers, cleaning, detergent, shampoo containers
  • Paper, newspaper, magazines (remove any plastic packaging and put in your general waste bin)

Keep your recycling loose. Any items in plastic bags will be sent to landfill.

What cannot go in your recycling bin

  • Batteries, mobile phones
  • Any electronic item with a plug, battery or power cord
  • Plastic bags, plastic film, soft plastics
  • Shopping receipts, paper towel
  • Ceramics mugs, plates, cutlery
  • Clothing, footwear, textiles
  • Drinking glass, window glass
  • Food scraps, garden waste, pet waste
  • Light globes, printer cartridges
  • Takeaway coffee cups, lids, straws
  • Tissues, tissue paper
  • Toys
  • Nappies, wet wipes, facial wipes
  • Wooden, timber items

Find out what goes in your general waste bin and green waste bin.

What happens to your recycling

Your recycling is taken to VISY's Material Recovery Facility in Springvale where it is sorted into different material streams of paper, plastic, glass, steel and aluminium. Any contamination (items that shouldn’t be in the recycling bin) are removed and sent to landfil.

VISY sells the materials to manufacturing companies who crush, shred, wash and melt the materials so they can be used to make new things.

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Last updated: 21 July 2020