What can go in your bins

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Getting the right items in the right bin will ensure as much of it is recycled and composted as possible.

What goes in your landfill (red lid) bin and diversion options

Your landfill bin (red lid) is for any items that cannot be recycled through your recycling bin, food and garden waste bin or other recycling services.

  • Plastic bags, plastic film, soft plastics - these can also be taken to major supermarkets for recycling via Redcycle
  • Food packaging, fruit stickers, baby wipes, wet wipes, nappies, sanitary items, pet waste (wrapped)
  • Broken drinking glass, mugs, ceramics (wrapped), broken crockery, cutlery, pyrex (wrapped)
  • Clothing, footwear, textiles (good quality can be donated and other textiles can be recycled through Upparrel)
  • Cosmetic containers (or recycled through Terracycle)
  • Dryer lint, vacuum dust (wrapped), gloves, garden hose, gardening tools, mirrors, window glass, polystyrene, foam meat trays
  • Takeaway coffee cups, lids, straws
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste tubes (or recycled through Terracycle)
  • Toys (excluding electronic items), PPE (rapid tests, gloves, masks)
  • Long life milk and juice containers (UHT, Tetra Pak)

More info: Rubbish collection

What goes in your recycling bin

Only accepted paper, cardboard, hard plastic containers, glass bottles and jars, aluminium and steel cans go in your recycling bin. Put these items loose in your recycling bin.

Hard plastic bottles and containers
  • Milk, cordial, water, soft drink bottles (leave lids on), meat trays, biscuit trays, takeaway containers, cream bottles, yoghurt and ice cream containers, margarine and butter containers, cleaning, detergent and shampoo bottles, strawberry and berry punnets
Paper and cardboard
  • Paper (postcard size or larger), newspaper, magazines (remove plastic packaging and put in your rubbish bin), milk, juice cartons, advertising material, junk mail, flyers
  • Butcher's paper, fish-and-chip paper, greeting cards, envelopes, wrapping paper, nooks, notepads, paper bags
  • Cardboard boxes (please flatten), cereal boxes, tissue boxes, pizza boxes, egg cartons
Glass bottles and jars (lids on)
  • Sauce bottles, drinks containers, jars from jams, spreads, coffee jars, salsa, pasta sauce jars
Steel cans
  • Fruit tins, vegetable cans, pet food tins, aerosol cans (must be empty)
Aluminium cans and foil
  • Aluminium foil (scrunch into a ball), aluminium trays, soft drink cans, aerosol cans (must be empty) 

If you find your recycling bin gets full before bin collection day, you can request an extra bin: Request a new or additional bin

More info: Recycling collection

What goes in your food and garden bin

Your food and garden waste bin (green lid) is for food scraps, garden prunings and some organic material.

Garden prunings
  • Grass clippings, flowers, leaves, weeds, plants, small shrubs, small branches, sticks, straw, hay
Food scraps

Food can go in the bin loose or wrapped in paper towel or newspaper. No other food packaging is accepted. You can also use certified compostable bin liners.

  • Fruit, vegetables, avocado stones, meat, seafood, bones (raw and cooked), baked goods, bread, pastries, eggshells, dairy, cheese
  • Rice, pasta, cooked leftovers, mouldy, out-of-date food, takeaway, fried foods
  • Chocolate, lollies, coffee grinds, tea leaves, tea bags (remove the label from tea bags. Fabric/silk tea bags not accepted)
Other organic material
  • Paper towel, tissues, serviettes, shredded paper, paper (smaller than postcard size)
  • Human hair, animal hair, animal feathers
  • Newspaper (1 or 2 sheets only, used to line the caddy), cardboard (single sheet only, used to line the bottom of the bin)

If you find your green waste bin gets full before bin collection day, you can request an extra bin: Request a new or additional bin

More info: Food and garden waste collection

What can you take to the Monash Recycling & Waste Centre

The Monash Recycling & Waste Centre is at 380 Ferntree Gully Rd, Notting Hill.

These items are accepted for free:

  • Computers, laptops, printers, fax machines, televisions and computer monitors
  • Paper and Cardboard (Visy)
  • Scrap Metal
  • Commingled Recycling (Visy)
  • Batteries (household batteries and car batteries - up to 15)
  • Light globes
  • Fluro tubes/CFL globes (max. 5)
  • Printer cartridges (Cartridges for Planet Ark)
  • Mobile phones (Mobile Muster)
  • X-Ray Films
  • Engine Oil (30 litres or less)
  • Paint (check accepted products Paintback)
  • Whitegoods (fees apply for fridges, freezers and air conditioners)
  • Cooking Oil (up to 20 litres)
  • Polystyrene (made of white clean balls) – amounts up to ½ m3 are free
These items have charges to drop/process:
  • Clean green waste (recycled)
  • Mixed green waste
  • Household goods (furniture)
  • Fridges, freezers and air conditioners (recycled)
  • Building materials
  • Concrete, bricks (recycled)
  • Domestic LPG gas bottles (recycled)
  • Mattresses (recycled)
  • Bed bases
  • Polystyrene - over ½ m3and from commercial sources (recycled)
  • Tyres (recycled)
  • Timber

More info: Monash Recycling & Waste Centre