What to put in your bins

The information provided below is to assist you with sorting your recycling and general rubbish in the bins provide by Council.

If you have trouble understanding how to sort your waste you can contact us by calling on 03 9205 5555, emailing us at [email protected] or using our A to Z Waste and Recycling Guide.

Red-lid rubbish bin

Rubbish bins have a red or a dark green lid and are for household waste only. Make sure all your waste is securely stored in rubbish bags to prevent spillage spills during collection.

Note: You may have a dark green-lid rubbish bin at your home. We are currently in the process of changing everyone’s rubbish bins. Any broken or upgraded rubbish bins are being replaced with the standard red-lid bin which is why you may see a difference to yours.

Household waste is anything that cannot be:

  • re-used or recycled
  • placed in your compost bin
  • placed in your  yellow-lid recycling bin
  • placed in your purple- lid glass bin.

Some things should never be placed in your rubbish bin including:

  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids
  • Oil, paint and solvents
  • Syringes and needles
  • Timber or other building materials
  • Unwrapped vacuum dust
  • Batteries
  • Electronic waste (anything with a cord or battery)
  • Clothing and other textiles

Download rubbish bin poster

Yellow-lid recycling bin

Your yellow-lid recycling bin is for recycling paper, plastic, aluminium and metal.

Purple-lid glass bin

You can put glass jars and bottles that are empty, clean and have the lids off in your purple glass bin.

The metal lids from glass bottles and jars can be put into your yellow recycling bin. Plastic lids must go in the rubbish bin.

For more details, please refer to the purple-lid glass bin page.

Lime green-lid food and garden organics (FOGO) bin

Lime green-lid food and garden organics (FOGO) bin are coming in 2024 for residents who receive a Council waste collection service. Learn more.

Where your kerbside waste goes after collection

Red-lid rubbish bin contents go to Cleanaway in Ravenhall where it is placed into landfill.

Yellow-lid recycling bin contents go to APR (Australian Paper Recovery) Kerbside in Truganina. It then undergoes a rigorous sorting process to separate and extract clean material streams which are bundled and sent to processers for recycling. For apartment buildings and multi-unit developments with council collection services, comingled recycling goes to Cleanaway who sort materials into separate streams which are then sent off to various materials processors for recycling.

Purple-lid glass bin contents go to Visy, first to Laverton for sorting, crushing and processing, then the material is this moved to Spotswood for remanufacturing by Visy into new glass products.

Booked green waste collections come to the Clifton Hill Depot to be loaded into a large skip which is then collected by RepurposeIT in Epping. The organic matter is composted using an in-vessel process involving heat, churning and aeration taking approximately 16 days.

Green-lid food and green waste bin contents from the Abbotsford alternate collections area (formerly Abbotsford trial area) also go to RepurposeIT in Epping for processing into a valuable agricultural resource.