Recycling Information

Frankston City residents are provided with a yellow lidded recycling bin for the collection of recyclable items. Recycling bins are collected fortnightly. Please see the Related Links to find your bin collection days.

Note: Items need to be placed loose in your recycling bin - not in plastic bags.

Plastic bags can jam the machinery in the recycling process. Due to Occupational Health and Safety risks, plastic bags will not be opened. So, even if they are filled with recyclables, they will be sent to landfill - what a waste! Although we can't recycle plastic bags, many supermarkets can.

Items Allowed in Recycling Bins

  • Aluminium/Steel cans, aerosols and foil
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Plastic bottles and containers (lids are fine but take them off, and make sure the containers are empty)
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Cardboard boxes (crush and tear to prevent jamming)
  • Letters and envelopes
  • Catalogues (without the plastic wrapping)
  • Work and school paper, telephone books

Items not allowed in Recycling bins

  • Plastic bags – even if they have a recycling symbol on them
  • Soft ‘scrunchable plastic’ like plastic wrap or bubble wrap
  • Nappies
  • Household rubbish
  • Food waste
  • Clothes
  • Polystyrene
  • Syringes
  • Glass, pyrex or ceramic crockery
  • Window glass
  • Mirrors
  • Soil, bricks or building rubble
  • Toys
  • Bric a brac
  • Chemicals or other liquids
  • Light globes
  • Batteries
  • Hazardous waste

Recycling - what is allowed and not allowed

Plastic in your Recycling Bin

In Frankston City, all codes 1-7 on items made from hard plastic can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin.

Soft plastic - such as plastic bags, lolly wrappers, chip packets etc can not be recycled through the kerbside collection, even if it has a plastic identification code on it.

A handy way to decide if an item can be recycled or not is to do the 'scrunch test'. If the plastic item can be scrunched easily into a ball or breaks apart easily, it can not go in your recycling bin.

For example, chip packets (code 5) and plastic bags (code 2) can be easily scrunched into a little ball, therefore they can NOT go in your recycling bin.  Polystyrene (plastic code 6) can not be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin. You will notice that when you scrunch it, polystyrene (like meat trays and take away coffee cups) breaks apart - therefore it fails the scrunch test.

There are also other plastics with code 6 (like yogurt tubs and margarine containers). They don't break when you scrunch them, so they are fine to go in your recycling bin.

Recycling Process

Your recyclables are taken to Polytrade - the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where Frankston City's recyclables are processed. Council runs tours of the centre throughout the year.

For more information on tour dates, contact Council on 1300 322 322.

Prices for additional recycling bins

Sizes Available

Cost per annum (Including GST) *Fees are subject to change
Residential 240 litre $50.00
Commercial 240 litre $159.70

Additional Recycling Bin

Residents may pay for an additional 240 litre recycling bin, or may apply for one additional free recycling bin – criteria apply. Households that are eligible are those with five or more residents who are making a concerted effort to reduce their waste generation; and/or residents who may have a medical condition that causes them to have an excessive amount of recyclables

While recycling is very beneficial for the environment, Council encourages you to look at how you can reduce the amount of waste you are generating. If you are eligible for a free additional recycling bin, please complete the Application Form.

Contaminated Bins

Contaminated bins will not be collected. Regular visual inspections are being carried out.

Bins containing non-recyclable materials will have a pink sticker placed over the lid. These bins will not be collected until the next scheduled fortnightly collection, after the contaminants have been removed.

Damaged, Lost or Stolen Bins

  • Contact Frankston City Council, phone 1300 322 322
  • If damaged, leave the bin where it can be accessed by Council's Waste Contractors for repair

Specialty Recyclables

To find out where to recycling your mobile phones, printer cartridges, electronic waste, chemicals, paint, white goods and more, please visit the Recycling and Safe Disposal Directory. See Related Links for details.

Charity Donations

Help the environment and your community by donating your good quality clothing, furniture and home-wares to local charity organisations.

Why Recycle?

Recycling has many benefits for our community. Recycling conserves our natural resources including energy and water, creates new jobs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the amount we waste by disposing to landfill.

When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the earth, through mining and forestry. Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.

Did you know?

  • Producing 20 aluminium cans from recycled materials uses the same power as making one can from raw materials.
  • One recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for three hours
  • Making steel from recycled material uses only a quarter of the energy needed to make steel from raw materials
  • Recycling one tonne of paper and cardboard saves 13 trees, 31,000 litres of water, and uses 70 per cent less energy than making paper from raw materials
  • Glass can be recycled indefinitely! One recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes
  • Manufacturing plastics from recycled materials uses 30 per cent of energy required to make plastic products from fossil fuels. So recycling one tonne of plastic saves enough energy to run a refrigerator for a month, and just one recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours.

For the recycling of items such as mobile phones, printer cartridges, electronic waste, white goods, furniture and more please go to the Frankston City Recycling and Safe Disposal Directory page or visit the Recycling Near You website. Please see the Related Links for details.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

P. 1300 322 322

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