A to Z guide to waste and recycling options

Find out the right way to dispose of your waste with our A to Z guide to waste and recycling.

I want to dispose ofPut in kerbside binOther options

Aerosol cans (empty)

Recycling (yellow)

 

Aluminium foil

Recycling (yellow)

 

Animal droppings

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Asbestos

No

Contact commercial suppliers

Bag ties

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Baking paper

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Band aids

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Baskets

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Op shops

Batteries

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Bricks and rubble

No

Landfill

Contact commercial suppliers

Building materials

No

Landfill

Contact commercial suppliers

Cake trays (plastic)

Recycling (yellow)

 

Cans

Recycling (yellow)

 

Car parts (small)

No

Hard/green waste collection

Car batteries

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Cardboard

Recycling (yellow lid)

Resource Recovery Centre

Cardboard/paper – laminated

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Cardboard/paper – waxed

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Carpet and underlay

No

Hard/green waste collection

Cartridges (printer/toner)

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Contact commercial suppliers

Cassettes/VHS tapes

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Cereal boxes

Recycling (yellow lid)

 

Chemicals

No

Visit Sustainability Victoria's Detox your home initiative

Cigarette butts

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Cleaning rags

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Cling wrap

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Clothing

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Resource Recovery Centre

Op shops

Coat hangers

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Op shops

Coffee pods

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Concrete

No

Landfill

Contact commercial suppliers

Corks

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Contact commercial suppliers

Cotton wool buds

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Crockery (not broken)

No

Op shops

Crockery (broken)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Curtains

No

Op shops

Cutlery (metal)

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Op shops

Cutlery (plastic)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Detergent bottles (plastic)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Doors

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Electrical waste / e-waste (items with a power cord or battery)

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Drop at some retailers

Fluorescent tubes

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Food and garden organics

Fogo bin (if in the trial)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Food organic recycling hub

Fruit/veg scraps

Fogo bin (if in the trial)

Garbage (red lid/dark green lid)

Compost/worm farm at home

Food organic recycling hub

Furniture

No

Hard/green waste collection

Op shops

Garden waste

Fogo bin (small amounts such as plant cuttings if in the trial)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Gas bottles

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Glass bottles and jars with lids/caps

Recycling (yellow)

Extra glass to purple communal bins

Household chemicals

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Kitty litter

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Light bulbs

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Liquid waste

No

Contact commercial suppliers

Long life cartons

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Magazines/junk mail

Recycling (yellow)

 

Mattresses

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Meat scraps

Fogo bin (no cooked bones)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Meat trays (foam)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Medicine glass bottles (empty, rinsed)

Recycling (yellow lid)

 

Medicines

No

 

Detox your home

 

Milk bottles (without the lid)

Recycling (yellow)

 

Mirrors

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Mobile phones

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Accepted at some retailers

Nappies (disposable)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

 

Needles/syringes

No

phone ASSIST 03 9209 6777

Newspaper

Recycling (yellow)

 

Oil

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Ovens

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Paint

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Paint tins (dry)

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Pallets

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Paper

Recycling (yellow)

 

Paper – shredded

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Resource Recovery Centre

Paper towel (used)

Fogo bin (if in trial)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Pesticides

No

phone ASSIST 03 9209 6777

Pet food tins

Recycling (yellow)

 

Pizza boxes (empty)

Recycling (yellow)

 

Plain wrapping paper

Recycling (yellow)

 

Plant pots

Recycling (yellow)

Resource Recovery Centre

Plasterboard

No

Landfill

Plastic bags (clean)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Plastic bags (dirty)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Plastic – biodegradable

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Plastic bottles and jars (code 1 to 5, remove lids and caps)

Recycling (yellow)

 

Plastic containers

Recycling (yellow)

 

Plastic containers – takeaway (empty and rinsed)

Recycling (yellow)

 

Plastic food wrappers

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Plastic strapping

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Plastic bubble wrap

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Polystyrene

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Pyrex ovenware (broken)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Pyrex ovenware (not broken)

No

Op shops

Scrap metal

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Shoes

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Resource Recovery Centre

Op shops

Smoke alarms

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Resource Recovery Centre

Soft drink bottles without the lid

Recycling (yellow)

 

Soil

No

Landfill

Sporting goods

No

Op shops

Steel/aluminum (cans)

Recycling (yellow)

Resource Recovery Centre

Steel pots

Recycling (yellow)

 

Stereo

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Op shops

Stoves

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Takeaway coffee cups

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Takeaway food cartons

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Tea bags (nylon)

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Tea bags

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Compost/worm farm at home

Timber (small)

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Tissues

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Toilet paper rolls (cardboard)

Recycling (yellow)

 

Toys

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Op shops

Twin/rope

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Tyres

No

Contact commercial suppliers

Vacuum cleaner dirt

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Compost/worm farm at home

Vinyl

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

 

Washing machines

No

Resource Recovery Centre

Hard/green waste collection

Window glass

Garbage (red/dark green lid)

Resource Recovery Centre

I want to dispose ofPut it in home binother options
Aerosol cans (empty)Recycling (yellow lid) 
Aluminium foilRecycling (yellow lid) 
Animal droppingsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Animal FaecesGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
AsbestosNoContact commercial suppliers
Bag tiesGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Baked GoodsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Baking paperGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Band aidsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
BasketsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Op shops
BatteriesNoResource Recovery Centre
Beer bottlesRecycling (yellow lid) 
BranchesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
Breads,cakes and pastriesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Bricks and rubbleNoTake it to the Tip/Landfill
Building materialsNoTake it to the Tip/Landfill
Butter foilsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Cake trays (plastic code 1-5)Recycling (yellow lid) 
CansRecycling (yellow lid) 
Car batteriesNoResource Recovery Centre
Car parts (small)NoResource Recovery Centre
Cardboard and paper (dry & no food items)Recycling (yellow lid)Resource Recovery Centre
Cardboard/paper – laminatedGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Cardboard/paper – waxedGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Carpet and underlayNoHard/green waste collection
Cartridges (printer/toner)NoResource Recovery Centre
Cassettes/VHS tapesGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Cereal boxesRecycling (yellow lid) 
Cereals and grainsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
ChemicalsNoVisit Sustainability Victoria's Detox your home initiative
Cigarette buttsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Cleaning ragsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Cling wrapGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Clothing and textilesGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Op shops - can donate if in good condition
Coat hangersGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Op shops
Coffee CupsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)plastic lids go in the recycling bin with yellow lid
Coffee groundsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Coffee podsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
ConcreteNoTake it to the Tip/Landfill
Cooked bonesGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Cooking Oils and fats(absorbed in paper towel or newspaper)Food/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
CorksGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Cotton wool budsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Crockery (broken)Garbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Crockery (not broken)NoOp shops
Cucumbers in plastic wrapGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)dispose of cucumber in the FOGO/CoFO bin
CurtainsNoOp shops
Cutlery (metal)NoResource Recovery Centre
Cutlery (plastic)Garbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Dairy foodsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Dead animalsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Detergent bottles (plastic)Recycling (yellow lid) 
Dog toysGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
DoorsNoResource Recovery Centre or Hard/green waste collection
Dryer lintFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Egg SellsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Electrical wasteNoResource Recovery Centre or Hard/green waste collection
Facial TissuesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Fake grassGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
FeathersFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Fish and Chips paperFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
FlowersFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Fluorescent tubesNoResource Recovery Centre
Food and garden organicsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Food containers (styrofoam)Garbage bin (red/dark green lid)if plastic can go in the recycling bin with yellow lid
Food ScrapsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Food stickers and labelsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Fruit/veg scrapsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
FurnitureNoHard/green waste collection
Garden wasteFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)Resource Recovery Centre or book for Hard/green waste collection.
Gas bottlesNo 
General garden clippingsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
General garden clippingsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
Glad WrapGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Glass bottles and jars without lids/capsRecycling (yellow lid)/ Communal Glass Recycling hubCommunal glass recycling hubs
Glossy magazinesRecycling (yellow lid) 
Glossy writing padRecycling (yellow lid) 
GrainsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Grass ClippingsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Grass ClippingsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
Greasy paper platesGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Greeting CardsRecycling (yellow lid) 
Household chemicalsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Resource Recovery Centre
Human hair and animal hairFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
JellyFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Kitchen paper towelFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Kitty litterGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Kitty litter syntheticGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Lawn clippingsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
LeavesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
LeftoversFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Light bulbsNoResource Recovery Centre
Liquid wasteGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Contact commercial suppliers
LolliesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Long life cartonsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
MagazinesRecycling (yellow lid) 
Magazines/junk mailRecycling (yellow lid) 
ManureGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
MattressesNoResource Recovery Centre or Hard/green waste collection
Meat (raw and cooked)Food/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Meat scrapsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Medicine glass bottles (empty, rinsed)Recycling (yellow lid)/ Communal Glass Recycling hubCommunal glass recycling hubs
Mesh onion bagsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Milk bottles (without the lid)Garbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
MirrorsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Mobile phonesNoResource Recovery Centre
Napkins, paperFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
NappiesGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Needles/syringesNophone ASSIST 03 9209 6777
NewspaperRecycling (yellow lid) 
NewspaperFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Nuts and SeedsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
OilNoResource Recovery Centre
OvensNoResource Recovery Centre or Hard/green waste collection
Paper – shreddedFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)Resource Recovery Centre
Paper bagsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Paper napkinsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Paper platesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Paper towel rollsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Paper towelsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
PastaFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
PaversNoTake it to the Tip/Landfill
Pet food tinsRecycling (yellow lid) 
Pizza boxesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)Can be put in Yellow Recycling bin (yellow lid)
Pizza boxes (empty)Recycling (yellow lid) 
Plain wrapping paperRecycling (yellow lid) 
Plant potsNoResource Recovery Centre
Plastic – biodegradableGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Plastic bagsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Plastic bags of FOGOGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)dispose of food/garden material in the FOGO bin
Plastic bubble wrapGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Plastic containers (code 1-5) – takeaway (empty and rinsed)Recycling (yellow lid) 
Plastic food wrappersGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Plastic strappingGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Plastic wrapGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Popsicle sticksFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Post it notesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)Can be put in Yellow Recycling bin (yellow lid)
PoultryFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Printed serviettesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Prunings and cuttingsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Prunings and cuttingsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
Pyrex ovenware (not broken)NoOp shops
Real Christmas treesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
Recyclable packagingRecycling (yellow lid) 
Rice and other kitchen scrapsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Salad and dressingFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Scrap metalNoResource Recovery Centre or book for Hard/green waste collection
SeafoodFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Shellfish shellsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
ShoesGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Resource Recovery Centre
Shredded paperFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Small branchesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
Smoke alarmsNoResource Recovery Centre
Soft drink bottles without the lidRecycling (yellow lid) 
SoilNoTake it to the Tip/Landfill
Soup sachetsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Spoiled foodFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Sporting goodsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Op shops
Steel potsNoResource Recovery Centre
Steel/aluminum (cans)Recycling (yellow lid)Resource Recovery Centre
StereoNoResource Recovery Centre or hard/green waste collection
SticksFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
Stock cube packagingGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
StovesNoResource Recovery Centre or hard/green waste collection
Straw and hayFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Straw and hayFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
Synthetic fertilizerGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Takeaway coffee cupsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Takeaway food cartonsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Tea leaves (loose)Food/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Tea bagsGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
TextilesGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Op Shops
Thorny branchesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal)if it doesn't fit in the FOGO bin, bundle together or bag it and dispose at the RRC or book for green waste collection.
Timber (small)NoResource Recovery Centre or book for hard/green waste collection
TissuesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Toilet paper rolls (cardboard)Garbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
Toilet RollsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
ToysGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Op shops
Tree rootsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Twin/ropeGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
TyresNoContact commercial suppliers
Uncooked BonesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Vacuum cleaner dirtGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Compost/worm farm
VegetablesFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
VinylGarbage bin (red/dark green lid)Op shops
Washing machinesNoResource Recovery Centre or Hard/green waste collection
Waxed packagingGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) 
WeedsFood/Green Organic bins (kerbside/Communal) 
Window glassGarbage bin (red/dark green lid) (wrap in a paper)