What you can recycle

Yarra is committed to being a sustainable city. We have a long-term ambition to move our community towards zero waste in landfill. 

We want to help you become a more conscious consumer which will help you reduce waste. Discover how you can reduce your waste footprint.

What you can recycle

Kerbside recycling bins

Every household, business and building serviced by Council will now have three bins to separate and manage their waste and recycling. We’ve introduced a purple-lid glass-only recycling bin and made changes to what goes in the yellow-lid recycling bin.  

For more information about what can/can’t go in your recycling bins check out our A to Z Waste and Recycling Guide

Local recycling initiatives and drop-offs

Yarra’s Clifton Hill Recycling Drop-off Centre accepts lots of waste materials that can’t be recycled in your kerbside bins, including electronic waste, metals, clothing, paints, polystyrene and some soft and hard plastics.

Yarra’s Zero Waste map is an online directory featuring local recycling and waste reduction initiatives across Yarra. You can find out where to drop your second-hand clothes, electronic waste and even locate community composting facilities by searching our map.

Soft plastics

Plastic bags and other soft plastics do NOT belong in your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

The plastic material gets trapped in the machinery, creating issues with the sorting process. Your recycling should be loose and plastic bag free!

We accept some soft plastics at the Clifton Hill Recycling Drop-off Centre.

You can also take soft plastics to participating supermarkets like Coles or Woolworths within Yarra where they’ll be collected by REDcycle. REDcycle only accept certain soft plastics that are clean and empty.

Food waste and composting at home

We’re committed to rolling out a separate food and green service as soon as possible. In the meantime, here’s some other things you can do with your food and garden waste: 

A to Z recycling guide

We've developed an A to Z Waste and Recycling Guide to help you determine how and where to dispose of your household items.

If you still aren’t sure what to do with an item, take a photo and submit it below. Our waste team will get back to you.  


Recycling for businesses

We have resources and initiatives for Yarra businesses who are looking to improve the way they manage their waste and recycling.

For businesses who would like for more information or support, visit the business waste collection page. 

Recycling in multi-unit developments

Yarra offers tools, guidelines and educational resources to help improve waste and recycling management for residents and property managers in apartment blocks and multi-unit developments. 

Visit the information for apartments, units and townhouses page.

Recycling Victoria policy

Yarra Council supports the Victorian Government’s Recycling Victoria: a new economy policy (1.67MB, PDF), a 10 year action plan to transform the state’s recycling sector. It will mean a cleaner, greener Victoria with less waste, better recycling, less pollution, more jobs and an even stronger economy.

The policy will mean that every Council across Victoria will offer a four-bin waste and recycling system.

In 2019, Yarra trialed a four-bin system in Abbotsford with 1,300 households and in 2020 rolled out a third glass bin across the municipality.

Waste minimisation and resource recovery strategy 2018–2022

Learn more about what we're doing with recycling by downloading our Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy.