What goes in your bins

Find out what items can and can't go in your waste and recycling bins, and what to do with other materials.

What goes in my bins?

Knowing which items belong in which bin helps you get the most of your waste services. Use your red-lidded waste bin to dispose of items you can’t reuse, recycle or compost, and your yellow-lidded recycling bin for paper and cardboard, bottles and jars, plastic containers, steel and aluminium cans and foil.

Keeping other items out of your recycling bin prevents contamination, ensuring material can be recycled into new products and reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill. Download a Recycling Poster (PDF 2.2 MB) for a handy guide to what goes in your household recycling bin.

General Waste

What can I put in my general waste bin?

Use your red-lidded general waste bin to dispose of items you can’t reuse, recycle or compost.

  • Broken crockery and ceramics
  • Broken glass and Pyrex
  • Food scraps (if you can’t compost)
  • Cling wrap
  • Meat and bones
  • Nappies
  • Sanitary items
  • Soiled paper
  • Used paper towel and tissues

What can't I put in my waste bin?

The following materials are not accepted in your waste or recycling bin:

  • Cooking oil
  • Chemicals or liquids
  • Gas cylinders
  • Syringes

For disposal options, see our Resource recovery centre page. Syringe container services can be requested via ASSIST on (03) 9209 6777. 


What can I put in my recycling bin?

Recycling contamination

Glass recycling trials

This year Council is trialling four new recycling services, including a glass separation trial in Garden City and a communal glass bin trial in South Melbourne and Albert Park. These trials will help us develop new approaches to reduce recycling contamination and improve how we’re managing waste in Port Phillip. Both community and household glass recycling trials are running from 6 March to 30 October, 2020. All household glass collected during this time will be recycled by our local processor.

Glass trial details

Other materials

Check out the A to Z waste and recycling guide to find out what to do with materials that can't go in your household bins.

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