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Recycling Services

 New colour for recycling bins


Council is changing to yellow lids for recycling bins. This is Australian Standard and will reduce the confusion caused by two green lids. Many councils have lime green for green waste, which leads to many people putting green waste in East Gippsland's recycling bins.


Bin lids will be changed over across a few collection runs, as not everyone puts their bin out each fortnight.

The old lids are being crushed and used in road base.


From June 2019, yellow lids will be put on bins in these towns:

  • Bairnsdale
  • Bruthen
  • Cann River
  • Ensay
  • Mallacoota
  • Marlo
  • Metung
  • Mossiface
  • Newmerella
  • Nowa Nowa
  • Orbost
  • Omeo
  • Paynesville
  • Raymond Island
  • Sarsfield
  • Swifts Creek


It’s important everyone plays their role and becomes familiar with the change as recycling supports local jobs and keeps valuable items out of landfill.

If you are unsure if an item can be placed in your recycling bin, skip bin or trailer please contact Council 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 to 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?

Soft plastics are not accepted in your recycling bin

  • 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 other items can I recycle and dispose of 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)  

Kerbside bins are collected on a fortnightly basis and residents are asked to place their bin out on the kerb the night before collection is scheduled.

Check your kerbside recycling collection day.


Please do not overfill your kerbside bin, skip bin or trailer or place excess recyclables next to or around them.

Click on the guide below for more information and to download a copy.

Household waste, recycling and organics guide


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