What goes in your recycling

Recycling bin

How does Monash Council collect recylables?

Why should I recycle?

What I can put in the recycling bin? YES

What I can put in the recycling bin? NO

How can I start recycling?

What happens if you can't recycle things?

How do I recycle soft plastics?

How much recycling is collected in a year?

Donate to charity?

How does Monash Council collect recyclables?

Recyclable material is placed in your yellow lidded bin which is collected on the same day each fortnight.

Bins are collected from your nature strip or if you live in a court from a designated area.

To find out the dates when your bins will be collected please enter your address at My Neighbourhood.

Why should I recycle?

Recycling saves resources that can be re-used for new products.

Recycling also saves landfill space.

What I can put in the recycling bin? YES

  • All hard plastic packaging can be recycled
  • Please keep all items loose, not collected in plastic bags
  • This includes plastic milk and cream bottles, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, yoghurt and ice-cream containers, cordial bottles and soft drink bottles
  • Aluminium, such as drink cans, aerosols 
  • Steel, cans, aerosol, pet food cans, tinned fruit cans
  • Glass: all glass bottles and jars (clear, amber and green glass)
  • Paper: newspapers and advertising material
  • Magazines (with external plastic packaging removed)
  • Cardboard: flattened cardboard boxes (including cereal and food boxes) and telephone books, but not waxed fruit boxes.
  • Cartons: milk cartons, juice cartons
  • Lids from takeaway coffee cups.

What I can't put in the recycling bin? NO

  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Window or table glass
  • Drinking glasses
  • Gas cylinders
  • Nappies
  • Ceramic plates or mugs
  • Light globes
  • Foam meat trays and polystyrene
  • Sharps
  • Wooden items
  • Clothing, material and shoes
  • Electronics
  • Takeaway coffee cups.

How can I start recycling?

You should always think about the three Rs:


Avoid buying items with lots of packaging as this wastes valuable resources. You throw them away and create rubbish and produce more greenhouse gases.


Re-use whatever waste you can. Use boxes to store things in, make compost from your garden and food waste and buy things made from recycled materials which will save natural resources.


Make sure you separate all recyclable items from your rubbish and put them in your recycling bin with the yellow lid.

What happens if you can't recycle things?

If you put recyclable things in your garbage our contractor will take it to a landfill site.

Every year we collect what we call hard waste and greenwaste. Hard waste includes household goods such as furniture, stoves, fridges and heaters. Greenwaste can include garden prunings, which have been bundled and tied. We sort these items and recycle things like fridges, which we take to the steel recycler. We take the remaining things to a landfill site.

How do I recycle soft plastics?

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.

The State Government has announced a single use plastic bag ban to come into effect in 2018, and the major supermarkets are already looking to ban it. More information.

Council is committed to reducing the use of single use plastic across all of Council business which includes revising stallholder guidelines for events, education, reviewing purchasing policies and leasing agreements to request suppliers to avoid or reduce plastic film packaging from items purchased by Council. 

How much recycling is collected in a year?

We collect around 17,000 tonnes per year.

We want to help you reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill. These links will help you:

Sustainability Victoria
Recycling Near You
Trading post

Make recycling easier and less confusing:  Get it right on bin night

Fluorescent Globe Safe Disposal (CFL)

Fluorescent globes can be disposed of at the Monash Waste Transfer Station.


Lighting Council Australia

Donate to charity

Vinnie's Centre  Phone: 13 18 12

Salvos Stores  Phone: 13 72 58

Brotherhood of St Laurence  Phone: 1300 1300 366 283

Epilepsy Op Shops  Phone: 0425 799 415

For your nearest Op Shop visit: opshop.org


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Last updated: 13 April 2018