What goes in your recycling bin?
- Aluminium/ steel cans, foil and trays
- Cardboard and paper
- Glass bottles and jars
- Plastic bottles, containers and trays
*** Please remove food and liquid from recyclable items, and where feasible rinse in leftover washing up water before placing in recycling bin.
What NOT to put in your recycling bin
- No building materials or trade waste
- No plastic bottle lids
- No clothing, linen, pet beds or shoes
- No e-waste
- No food
- No garbage
- No hazardous or medical waste
- No motor oil containers
- No nappies
- No plastic bags or other soft, scrunchable plastic packaging
- No polystyrene
- No recycling in bags
- No items that prevent the bin lid from completely closing
*** If in doubt, leave it out of your recycling bin or check Council's A-Z Waste and Recycling Directory
Specialty Recycling and Other Waste Disposal Options
Some items that can’t be recycled through your household recycling bin (like paint) can be recycled elsewhere. For local options, visit the following pages:
What Happens to my Recycling?
After your recycling bin is emptied into a Solo truck each fortnight, the contents are transported to Polytrade’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Dandenong South. The materials from the recycling bins arrive all mixed together as what is called comingled recycling.
Contaminants are removed manually by sorters (people) and later landfilled. Please don’t bag items as the sorters cannot see inside and assume anything inside a bag is contamination.
The items that can be recovered for recycling are sorted as follows:
- Steel is removed by an overhead magnet while aluminium is repelled by an eddy current of negative ions
- Plastics are blown into another pile by an air classifier and then further sorted
- Glass is separated with a trommel
- Paper and cardboard is removed and baled
- The remaining items are considered ‘garbage’ and sent to landfill
Once sorted and baled, the recyclables are distributed to different facilities both in Australia and overseas:
- Paper and cardboard are processed and recycled in Australia and overseas
- Metals are processed and recycled in Australia and overseas
- Glass can be forwarded to a secondary processing facility in Australia for further cleaning and separation by various colours. This final product (cullet) is used in the manufacture of glass packaging, also in Australia
- Plastics are sent to a secondary optical plastics processing facility where they are further separated into products of value, e.g. HDPE, PET and PP. These secondary sorted materials can then be used in the manufacture of new products both in Australia and overseas