A to Z Guide to Waste and Recycling

We want to encourage Yarra residents and businesses to dispose of waste in the right way, so we can all reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Please use the below guide. Each item has a letter or letters next to it, which refers to the disposal methods you can use.

Disposal methods

A – Call Council – 9205 5555
B – Rubbish bin
C – Compost bin/worm farm   
D
Drop-off point
GGreen waste collection
HHard waste collection
K – Give to kindergardens/schools/childcare centres
O – Op shops/Charities
RRecycling bin
S
Skip hire
TTransfer Station/Public Tipping Facilities
X – Chemical Waste - Chemicals/Batteries/Oils/Solvents


List of goods and how you can dispose of them


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W  X  Y Z

A

Aerosol cans (empty) R D
Animal droppings B
Asbestos  A

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B

Bag ties B
Band aids B
Baskets K O
Batteries D X
Beer bottles R D
Bicycles D H
Bottle Tops R
(metal/coded plastic) R
Books O K R H D
Branches G
Bricks or rubble S T      Please note: Council has compiled a list of businesses that recover and recycle building materials.
Broken glass B (broken glass or ceramics can contaminate recyclable glass if put into the recycling bin)
Bubble wrap D B
Building materials S T    Please note: Council has compiled a list of businesses that recover and recycle building materials.

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C

Cans R D
Car batteries D T X
Car/auto parts H T
Car Tyres H
Cardboard R D
Carpet & underlay T H
Cartridges
(printer/toner) D H
Cassette tapes D B
CDs D O B
CD / DVD players D
Cellophane B
Ceramics H O (if broken, dispose of ceramics in the rubbish bin as they can contaminate recyclable items if put into the recycling bin)
Cereal box inserts B
Cereal boxes R D
Chemicals X
Chip packets B
Christmas trees A G
Cigarette butts B
Cleaning rags B
Cling wrap (clean) D B
Cling wrap (dirty) B
Clothing O D H
Cloth nappies
Coffee cans/jars R D
Computers H D
Computer paper R D
Computer parts H D
Cooking oil A X
Concrete T S     Please note: Council has compiled a list of businesses that recover and recycle building materials.
Corks K D
Cotton wool buds B
Cups and saucers (broken) B
Cups and saucers (intact) O H
Curtains O D H
Cutlery (metal) O H
Cutlery (plastic) B

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D

Detergent bottles R D
Disposable nappies (emptied) B
Doors H S T
Drums (empty) H

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E

Egg cartons K R
Electrical appliances H D
Engine oil D X
Envelopes R
E–waste T D

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F

Fluorescent tubes D X
Foil R
Food waste C B
Fridges H T O
Fruit & vegetable scraps C B
Furniture O

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G

Garden waste G C
Gas bottles X
Glad wrap B D
Glass jars R D
Glasses D (Collection boxes for old glasses are also at the Richmond and Collingwood town halls, local libraries and leisure centres and Council's recycling drop-off point. These glasses are then donated to OneSight, a charitable organisation that recycles old lenses to help disadvantaged, visually-impaired people around the world.)
Glue X
Grass clippings G C
Greeting cards R D

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H

Hot water units T H
Household chemicals X

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I

Ice cream containers & lids R K

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J

Juice cartons R
Junk mail R
Jar lids (metal/coded plastic) R
Jars R

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K

Kitty litter B

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L

Leaves G C
Light bulbs D B
Lolly wrappers B
Lunch boxes O R

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M

Magazines K R D
Manure C B
Margarine tubs R
Mattresses H
Meat scraps B
Meat trays (foam) B
Medicine bottles
(empty/rinsed) R
Medicines
Unwanted or old medicines can be dropped off at your local pharmacy.
Milk cartons R
Milk containers
(plastic) R
Mobile phones  A D H

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N

Newspapers R D

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O

Office paper R D
Oils X
Ovens T H

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P

Paint tins (with paint) X
Paint tins (empty) H D
Pallets T
Paper towel roll R
Pet food tins R
Phonebooks D R
Picture frames O H
Pizza boxes (empty) R
Placemats O H
Plant cuttings C G
Plant pots H T
Plasterboard S T
Plastic bags A D H B
Plastic containers
with codes R
Plastic strapping B
Plastic trays/baskets B
Plastic wrappers B
Plate glass (wrapped) B
Polystyrene H D
Printers H D
Pyrex ovenware (broken) B (dispose of broken ovenproof items in the rubbish bin as they can contaminate recyclable items if put into the recycling bin)
Pyrex ovenware
(intact) O H

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S


Spirit bottles R
Sporting goods O H
Steel cans R
Steel (other than tins & cans) D H
Stoves H
Styrofoam H D
Syringes                                   
If you find a syringe/needle, contact:
• Council on 9205 5555 between 8.30am–5pm, Monday–Friday
• Yarra Syringe Disposal Hotline on 9417 5125 (Please leave a message if the line is unattended)
• Victorian Syringe Disposal Hotline on freecall 1800 552 355 (24 hours - 7 days per week)
School bags O H
Scrap metal H
Seedling containers B
Shoes O H
Solvents X
Silver foil R
Smoke alarms D X
Soft drink bottles R

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T

Take away containers R
Tea bags C B
Televisions H D
Textiles H D
Timber T S   Please note: Council has compiled a list of businesses that recover and recycle building materials.
Tin cans R
Tissues B
Toilet paper rolls R
Toys O H
Tree prunings C G
Truck Tyres T
Twine B

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V

Vacuum cleaner dust C B
Vegetable scraps C B
Vinyl S T H

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W

Washing machines H
Waxed paper B               
Weeds C G
White goods H
Windows T S   Please note: Council has compiled a list of businesses that recover and recycle building materials.
Wine bottles R
Wrapping paper R

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X

Xrays (we suggest you remove identifying information first) D B

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Y

Yoghurt containers R

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