Bin Inspections

Council regularly conducts bin inspection audits for household recycling and food and garden waste bins, to check if waste is being disposed of correctly.

Why Council Inspects Bins

When the wrong things are placed in a bin, the bin is considered contaminated.Contamination makes the bin collection service more expensive, compromises the sorting of materials, and poses a risk to the workers involved in this sorting. Contamination can therefore result in the recycling or food and garden waste being sent to landfill.

Rewards for households that recycle correctly

Good recyclers are rewarded with a star placed on their inspected recycling or food and garden waste bin. Those that achieve a silver star go into a weekly draw to win movie tickets.

Contaminated bins

A recent Frankston City audit revealed that in 2020-2021:

  • The recycling contamination rate was 16.43% by weight for single unit dwellings (up from 12.64% in 2018-2019 and 11.89% in 2017-2018). This means that on average, 16.43% of items in these household recycling bins were in the wrong bin as they weren’t recyclable through the kerbside collection system
  • The recycling contamination rate was 27.32% for households in multi-unit developments (up from 24.11% in 2018-2019 and 25.01% in 2017-2018)
  • The main recycling bin contaminants were bagged rubbish, bagged recyclables, non-recyclable hard plastics, clothing and other textiles (e.g. pillows, blankets, wash cloths and soft toys), soft plastics, e-waste and timber/ wood. Please keep these things out of your recycling bin.
  • The food and garden waste contamination rate was 1.6% by weight for single unit dwellings and 7.55% for multi-unit developments. This is the first audit since food waste commenced being accepted in the garden waste bin.

Note: No audit was undertaken in 2019-20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contaminated bins receive a warning or ‘contamination’ sticker, which notifies the household that incorrect items have been found in their recycling/ food and garden waste bin. Contaminated bins are not emptied on collection day and will not be collected until the offending items have been removed.

‘No Plastic Bags’ stickers are placed on the lids of recycling bins that contain plastic bags. Plastic bags cannot be recycled through the household recycling system. Recyclables must instead be placed loose in the recycling bin.

Repeated bin contamination can result in a fine or the removal of the collection service.

For Further Information

For information about what can and can’t go in your recycling, food and garden waste and garbage bins, visit the Council’s bin information web page.

If you would like to know more about Council’s bin inspection program, please contact Council.