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Household recycling

You can put the following things in your recycling bin:

  • paper and cardboard
  • aluminium and steel cans
  • empty aerosol cans
  • all hard plastic containers
  • glass bottles and jars
  • milk and juice cartons
  • pizza boxes
  • aluminium foil and trays
  • rigid household plastic items like kitchen storage containers and plastic toys
  • steel pots and pans (note: no glass lids)

The recycling bin will take any hard plastic containers, including yoghurt, ice-cream and take-away containers, drink bottles, shampoo and detergent bottles, cake containers, coat hangers, CD cases, drink bottles, ink cartridges, plastic cutlery, empty medicine bottles and plant pots.

From November 2011 the recycling bin can also take other rigid plastic items like kitchen storage containers and plastic toys, as well as steel pots and pans.

Remember: If you can bend it or scrunch it (like plastic bags or cling film) then it must go into your garbage bin. Visit Household garbage.

To order a free 'Recycle Right' fridge magnet, which tells you what can and can't be recycled, call us on 03 9658 9658.

Plastic bags and your recycling

Recyclable items must be put in the recycling bin loose. Do not put them in plastic bags.

If you put bottles, cans and other recyclables in a plastic bag before you put them in the bin, they cannot be recycled.

Used plastic bags can be:

  • reused for your grocery shopping or as a lunch bag
  • recycled at many supermarkets. Look for the specially marked bins
  • reused as bin liners for your household rubbish bin
  • disposed of in the general rubbish bin – not in your recycling bin.

Try using a paper bag or a cardboard box to separate and carry your recyclables to the recycling bin.

For more information on recycling these and other items not suitable for your recycling bin, visit Other recycling.

Contaminating your recycling

Do not put the following items in your recycling bin:

For more information on how to recycle any of these items visit Other recycling.

Remember: If you put any of these items in your bin you are contaminating your recycling. Bins that are contaminated may not be collected.

Return to Household garbage and recycling

Missed collections

Report a missed garbage collection online.

Report a missed recycling collection online.

Damaged bins

Report a damaged garbage bin online.

Report a damaged recycling bin online.

Missing or stolen bins

Report a missing or stolen garbage bin online.

Report a missing or stolen recycling bin online.

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Recycle Right poster