What you can recycle

Why should I recycle?

Recycling saves energy, water, precious metals - all sorts of resources - doing our planet a favour.

What can I recycle in my home recycling bin?


Cans, tins and aerosol cans

Aerosol cans are the easiest can to recycle. The cans should be empty, but they don't need to be squeaky clean.

Hard plastic

Such as detergent and shampoo bottles.To check if a plastic is hard, give it the scrunch test. If you scrunch it in your hand and it bounces back, it's hard. If you scrunch it, and it loses it's shape, like gladwrap, it is soft plastic, which you can not recycle.

Glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars are recycled as more glass products and can continue to be recycled again and again. However, drinking glass and other household glass (such as photo frames or vases) go in the rubbish bin as they melt at a different temperature. Remember to also keep broken crockery out of the recycling, one thumbnail of a plate or coffee cup can stop a tonne of glass being recycled.

Milk and juice cartons, and tetra packs

These are high quality cardboard and can be recycled in only 30 minutes.

Pizza boxes and tin cans 

If they have some grease on them, that's fine! Tip out the food, put the box in the recycling.

Tin cans, or soft-drink cans should be empty before they go into the recycling bin but don't need to be squeaky clean. 


Grey plastic bag character

When it's flattened, more fits in.

A to Z recycling guide

We have developed an A to Z recycling guide to help you determine how and where to dispose of your household items.

Do not put plastic bags in your recycling bin

If your recycling is inside a plastic bag, it's trapped, and the machinery cannot get at it to sort it for recycling.

So, tip recycling out of the bag into the bin, and put the bag in the rubbish bin - or the special bin for recycling soft plastics at supermarkets. 

Recycling as much as possible

Clothes come back as more clothes and cleaning rags. 97% of the goods left at our Recycling Drop Off Points for clothes and ewaste are recycled or re-used.

Our recycling drop off point at 168 Roseneath St Clifton Hill takes all sorts of things for recycling, from cardboard to books to metal to soft plastics.

You can also book a hard rubbish collection. More than 540 tonnes of the hard waste we collect is recycled.

Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-2018

You can learn more about recycling and what we are doing, by downloading our Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy

Multi-unit dwelling recycling education posters

In Yarra, there are a wide range of multi-unit dwellings, each with their own unique waste and recycling systems. We have developed recycling education posters you can place in your building's common areas to help make recycling easy for everyone.