What can I put in my recycling bin
Paper and cardboard, bottles and jars, plastic containers, steel and aluminium cans and foil can all be recycled in your yellow recycling bin. For a detailed list of what can and can’t go in your yellow recycling bin, visit what goes in your bins.
Many other materials can be recycled, but not in your household bin. Read on for information on the services available to help you recycle more and keep waste out of landfill.
We've created a poster to help you get your weekly recycling collection right. Download the recycling poster (PDF 5.5 MB) to put in your apartment bin bay or share online.
Your annual Don't Waste It! Waste and Recycling Guide (PDF 3.5 MB) provides up-to-date information on all your waste and recycling services and how to best use them. The guide has been updated to reflect recent changes.
Electronic waste (e-waste)
E-waste is any item with a plug, battery or power cord that is no longer working or wanted. The valuable materials in e-waste are recyclable through dedicated recycling services. Find out what e-waste you can recyle at the resource recovery centre and depot.
Food and garden waste (FOGO)
The average household spends around $2,000 a year on food that ends up in landfill. There it breaks down into greenhouse gases. About 3 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions comes from organic matter rotting in landfills.
You can help reduce food and garden waste at home and in the community.
Hard rubbish and household chemicals
Along with accepting general household waste for disposal, there are materials and chemicals you can and can't dispose of at the resource recovery centre and depot.
Recycling codes on your plastic products – what do they mean?
Most of the plastic products you see around bear the general recycling symbol: a triangle formed by three circling arrows with a number inside the triangle. Many people think that the triangle symbol on a bottle or container means it can be recycled in their kerbside recycling bin but that’s not necessarily true.
The number inside the triangle has a meaning -- it indicates the type of plastic used in making the product. Usually there are seven types of plastics codes used on these products.
In Port Phillip, the only acceptable plastic products in our recycling bins are the ones with codes 1,2,3,4 or 5.
If your item has a code 6 or 7, or has no code on it, then it’s best to put the item in your garbage bin.
♳ 1 – PET or Polyethylene Terephthalate
Bottles like water, soft drink, detergent and condiment bottles. They are a clear, tough, solvent resistant plastic. It can be recycled through your recycling bin.
♴ 2 – HDPE or High-Density Polyethylene
Bottles like milk, juice, shampoo and cleaning product bottles as well as containers. You can find HDPE in both rigid or hard and soft plastic forms. Only rigid or hard plastic items can be recycled through your recycling bin.
HDPE in soft plastic form include items such as lightweight shopping grocery bags, freezer bags and other plastic food packaging. These soft plastics cannot be recycled through your recycling bin. You can dispose of these in your garbage bin or you can recycle through REDcycle bins often available at your nearest supermarket.
♵ 3 – PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride
Items like plumbing pipes, clear cordial and juice bottles, furniture and packaging. You can find PVC in both rigid or hard and soft plastic forms. Only rigid or hard plastic items can be recycled through your recycling bin.
HDPE in soft plastic form include items such as bubble wrap and cling wrap which cannot be recycled through your recycling bin, but can be recycled through REDcycle bins.
♶ 4 – LDPE or Low-Density Polyethylene
LDPE is thinner than 2 HDPE but often used for similar purpose. Rigid or hard LDPE items with code 4 printed on them can be recycled through your recycling bin.
LDPE in soft plastic forms cannot be recycled through your recycling bin but can be recycled through REDcycle bins.
♷ 5 – PP or Polypropylene
This includes ice cream containers and lids, yoghurt containers, butter and margarine containers, and plastic takeaway containers. They can be recycled through your recycling bin.
♸ 6 – PS or Polystyrene
This includes foam cups, food trays, containers and meat trays. These products are also widely known as styrofoam and polystyrene. Styrofoam is very light and breaks up into small pieces and contaminates recyclable materials. It cannot be recycled through your recycling bin.
♹ 7 – Other
Items such as baby milk bottles, CDs and DVDs, headlight lenses, sunglasses and safety glasses. These items are made with a mixture of plastic types. They cannot be recycled through your recycling bin.
Best practice: It's best to invest in reusable containers, coffee cups, water bottles, and shopping bags to avoid single-use plastic as much as you can.