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Recycling Services

New colour for recycling bins

Recycling bins have been getting a makeover and receiving yellow lids. So far, over 16,000 lids have been changed, if you have a household recycling service and do not have a yellow lid yet, please place your recycling bin out every fortnight to ensure they are seen and will eventually be changed over.




Household recycling bins are collected fortnightly. Place your bin out the night before collection is scheduled. Please do not overfill your kerbside bin, skip bin or trailer or place excess recyclables next to or around them.


If you are unsure if an item can be placed in your recycling bin, skip bin or trailer please contact us or refer to the information below. If in doubt, leave it out to avoid contamination.


Contamination is when an item that should not go in the recycling bin, skip bin or trailer ends up there. This can cause a range of issues such as items becoming caught in or damaging sorting equipment or items which would normally be recycled may end up in landfill (such as recycling in plastic bags).


What CAN I put in my recycling bin, skip bin or trailer?

  • Paper and cardboard - Newspapers, envelopes, unsoiled pizza boxes, telephone books etc.
  • Hard plastics - Empty containers such as milk and juice cartons or empty cleaning products. Any container numbered 1, 2 or 5
  • Glass - Empty bottles and jars
  • Steel cans - Empty food tins or pet food tins
  • Aluminium - Aluminium drink cans and clean foil (this can be lightly scrunched into a ball, larger than a tennis ball size)

Recyclables must be placed in your bin loose. Do not bag your recyclables or use a bin liner in your recycling bin.



What CAN'T I put in my recycling bin, skip bin or trailer?

  • Plastic bags and soft plastics* - Items must be placed loosely in the bin
  • Clothing
  • Polystyrene** foam cups or meat trays is a number 6 plastic that we accept as recycling in its rigid form eg. yoghurt containers, but not as a foam
  • Food
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Broken glass/crockery/pyrex/mirrors
  • Motor oil or fuel
  • Hazardous waste, including paint tins
  • Household appliances eg toasters, DVD players
  • Scrap metal / steel
  • Furniture or mattresses
  • Home improvement items eg sinks, fittings, hot water systems
  • Carpet / linoleum
  • Fencing material
  • Medical waste / syringes
  • Garden hose
  • Plants / garden clippings

* You can recycle plastic bags and soft plastics through the REDcycle program if you drop them in at participating Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. 

** Clean polystyrene packing material - commonly used in the packaging of white goods and furniture is now accepted at Bairnsdale Landfill in large quantities


What items can I recycle and dispose of for free?

  • Scrap metal eg car bodies, water tanks
  • White goods
  • Car batteries
  • Vehicle parts (metal)
  • Motor and hydraulic oil and oil containers (Up to 20litres).
  • Household batteries (Bairnsdale Landfill only)
  • LED Light globes (Bairnsdale Landfill only)
  • Paint (Bairnsdale Landfill only)  



For more information

Keep track of when to take the recycling bin out with our Recycling Collection Calendar 2020-2022 or find out when to place each bin out on the Household Bin Services page.

The Household Waste, Recycling and Organics Guide provides information on your household waste services, including tips on how to reduce your waste.

Household waste, recycling and organics guide

If you would like a copy posted to you, please contact us by email (remember to include your postal address) or call us on 1300 555 886 or 5153 9500.


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