Sometimes it is hard to decide what can be recycled, therefore it will be good if we can find out what products are recyclable before we put them into the recycle bin.
You may be surprised by how much you can recycle, but a little contamination with the wrong items and the whole lot could end up in landfill. Take the time to remind yourself what can and can't be recycled.
Recycling is collected fortnightly on the same day as your rubbish.
To learn more on what happens to your recycling, watch this short video of our recycling processor's facility.
- Cans, glass and cartons
- Paper and cardboard
- Plastic with codes 1-7, except expandable polystyrene (APES)
Pizza boxes are recyclable but please make sure that you don't leave any food in the box. Small bits of baked on cheese or oil on the box are ok to still go into the recycling bin.
- Plastic bags, plastic wrap or bin liners
- Nappies or syringes
- Pyrex, window glass, light globes, broken glass or ceramics
- Green organics
- Waxed cardboard
- Garbage or food waste
- Hard waste, timber or building materials
- Car parts
- Clothing or carpet
- Items wrapped in plastic bags.
The top items we get wrong in the recycling bin are:
Coffee Cups: The hard plastic lid can be recycled but the cup itself should be put into the rubbish bin, as most cups are a mix of soft plastic and paper and currently cannot be recycled.
Plastic Bags: Recycle by taking them to your local Coles or Woolworths supermarkets and put them in the collection bin provided.
Foil: Recyclable when scrunched in a ball larger than a golf ball, which allows the foil to be sorted correctly.
Soft Plastic (plastic wrappers, cling wrap etc): Soft plastic that can be scrunched into a ball can be recycled, along with your plastic bags, at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarkets.
Buying products without excess plastic packaging or using reusable containers will help to reduce plastic waste.
See Council's A-Z Guide(PDF, 1MB) to Recycling and Waste for further information on what can and cannot be placed in your recycling bin.
Learn more about how to Get it Right on Bin Night at Sustainability Victoria's website.