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Recycling Services

Recycling in East Gippsland  


East Gippsland Shire Council provides residents with different recycling services depending on location.  The kerbside collection of recycled items is provided to residential properties in most major townships within East Gippsland Shire. 


Household recycling bins with lime green lids are currently being transitioned to yellow bin lids, in line with Australian Standards. Council’s contractor Tambo Waste will shortly swap recycling bin lids with new yellow lids on resident’s wheelie bins in the towns of Mallacoota, Cann River, Omeo, Swifts Creek, Ensay and Raymond Island. 


Wheelie bins have a capacity of 240L and are supplied to all households in a defined service area. Residents who do not live within the defined service areas may have access to a waste trailer or skip bin at an enclosed waste site to dispose of their general household waste.



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.


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

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Newspapers/envelopes
  • Telephone books
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars 
  • Steel cans, aluminium cans, and clean foil
  • Plastic containers numbered 1 to 7
  • 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 kerbside recycling bin, skip bin or trailer?

  • Plastic bags and soft plastics*
  • Clothing
  • Garden clippings
  • Polystyrene foam cups, meat trays or packing material - commonly used in the packaging of white goods and furniture. (Please note: Polystyrene is a number 6 plastic that we accept as recycling in it's rigid form eg. yoghurt containers, but not as a foam).
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Broken glass/crockery/pyrex/mirrors
  • Motor oil or Fuel
  • Hazardous waste, including paint tins
  • Food
  • 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

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


What other items can I recycle and dispose of for free at my landfill or transfer station?

  • 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)
  • Wet 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. Excess recyclables that will not fit need to be disposed of at your nearest landfill or transfer station.

For more information, check our Household Waste, Recycling and Organics GuideRemember your waste is your responsibility.


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