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.

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 window glass, drinking glass and Pyrex
  • food scraps and garden 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.


There is an update on what is accepted in our yellow recycling bins.

For a full list of what can and cannot go in your recycling bin, visit Recycling Reset.

Do not bag your recycling. Bagged recycling materials can't be opened at the sorting facility due to health risks, and so ends up in the landfill.

Place empty items loose in your recycling bin, and flatten boxes before placing them into the bin. The contents of your bin will be transported to a material recovery facility for sorting and recycling.

Australasian Recycling Label

The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) provides easy-to-understand recycling information to make it easier for you to put the right packaging in the right bin. It removes confusion, saves time and reduces waste going to landfill. Look for the label on supermarket product packaging to help you correctly dispose of every part of a product’s packaging.

Learn more about the ARL and how to interpret labels on the Planet Ark website.

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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