Find out how you can recycle various items in ways that help the environment and your household.
Recycling. How to get it right.
Recyclables from our kerbside collections and transfer stations are processed right here in Victoria.
Your recycling habits make all the difference.
Read more about how Victoria is strengthening its waste and recycling industry
Only these items belong in your kerbside recycling bin:
Rigid plastic bottles and containers (place lids separately in the garbage bin)
Aluminium and steel cans
100% empty aerosol cans
Clean, loosely-scrunched foil about the size of a table tennis ball
Glass bottles and jars that are clean and dry (place lids separately in the garbage bin)
Cardboard flattened to maximise space and no waxed cardboard
Please don't contaminate!
- No polystyrene
- No plastic bags
- No e-waste
- Always have your recyclables loose and not bagged
Print out a copy of our handy recycling postcard to put on your fridge!
Not quite sure?
You can always call Council on 03 5366 7100
Or put the item in your red garbage bin. It's better not to risk contaminating recycling streams.
Learn how to recycle your waste
You can scrunch up most clean plastics:
- Plastic carry bags
- Bags used for food packaging
- Potting mix bags
- Bubble wrap
- Australia Post satchels
- Foil-lined chip packets
Check out the what to REDcycle list for a complete guide.
These are some items that must not go in:
- Cling film
- Vinyl packaging
- Coffee bags
- Biscuit tray-type plastics
Dropping off accepted soft plastics to Coles or Woolworths will send them for specialist recycling via the REDcycle group Replas.
Food waste. Did you know?
Food waste makes up an astonishing 25% to 40% of the average household garbage bin.
- Review your pantry and fridge and plan your shop (many don't!)
- Make the most of what's left in your fridge and pantry, and check out Love Food Hate Waste
Recycling mobile phones, batteries and other e-waste
Under new Victorian Government legislation, electronic waste (e-waste) is banned from landfill as of 1 July 2019.
This means e-waste is no longer be accepted in any kerbside bin.
How to recycle your old mobile phone
Did you know that over 90% of the resources in old mobile phones can be used to make new products? Never throw them in the bin as they contain harmful substances that damage the environment.
MobileMuster is a company funded by the major phone companies to help you recycle your old phone.
Just follow these simple steps:
- Transfer any data off your phone like music and photos
- Drop your mobile off at one of the following:
- Lerderderg Library sorting station
- Your local Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, or Officeworks store, or
- Recycle from home by ordering a free mailing label from MobileMuster
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions please recycle from home. You can contact stores directly should they still be offering a limited service.
How to recycle batteries
Never put batteries in your recycling or garbage bin.
There are various battery types, many of which contain toxic substances that can cause undue harm to our environment and fellow humans.
Rechargeable and lithium-ion batteries are hazardous and can potentially produce sparks to start a fire in the trucks or recycling facility. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools, and cameras.
Check out PlanetArk to learn more about recycling batteries.
Here are some options to recycle your batteries:
- Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You will locate your nearest drop-off point
- Select Officeworks, Bunnings, and Aldi stores offer battery drop-off points
- Head to the Lerderderg Library sorting station
- Take old car batteries to your local transfer station, True Value hardware store, or First National Real Estate on Inglis Street, Ballan
Please be aware that recyclers may be closed or operating limited hours due to COVID-19. Use the information to contact the store directly.
What about other e-waste?
Unwanted electrical items create the single biggest waste stream of developed societies. E-waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste.
Aside from the hazardous materials, e-waste items contain valuable materials such as gold, silver, and copper, which can be recovered and reused.
Here are some ways to recycle your e-waste:
- Planet Ark’s Recycling Near You can help you locate your nearest e-waste drop-off point
- Participating Officeworks stores will accept up to 5 e-waste items for recycling
- Donate Direct (if items are in working order)
- Televisions and computers: National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme
- Mobile phones, smart watches, tablets, chargers, and accessories: Mobile Muster or PhoneCycle
Head to our e-waste page to find out more and where your closest drop-off point is.