Apartment bins and waste collections

Our waste services for apartments are different to those for houses. Find out how buildings should contact us about bins and services.

Most buildings can get household garbage and recycling bins that are emptied weekly. Check your area’s bin day. 

Your building can also book hard and green waste collections.

Waste services – is your building eligible?

To check if your building is eligible, contact us.

If your building is not eligible for our waste services, it probably uses commercial bins. Talk to your building manager or owners’ corporation about that service.

Bin sizes for multi-unit buildings

If you live in an apartment, everyone in the building uses the same bins. We work out the number of bins your building gets based on its waste management plan.

If you live in a semi-detached property (such as a townhouse) you get 1x 240-litre general waste bin to share between 2 properties (that pay rates).

Residents can’t request their own bins unless they have a private courtyard to store them in.

Buildings of 50+ dwellings can ask for larger 660-litre and 1,100-litre bins. Building managers or owners’ corporations can ask us if the building is eligible by phoning ASSIST on 03 9209 6777.

Request bin repairs, replacements or a different size

If a bin at your building is damaged you can request bin repairs or phone ASSIST on 03 9209 6777

If a bin goes missing, is too large or small, we can help. Property manager or owners’ corporation reps can contact us to request a new, extra or change to your bin or phone ASSIST on 03 9209 6777.

What goes in the bin

If you are not sure how to dispose of something, check our guide to waste and recycling

Find out what can go in the recycling bin at home (yellow lid)

General waste bin

Use your general waste bin (red or dark green lid) 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
  • lids/caps (from plastic bottles)
  • meat and bones
  • nappies
  • sanitary items
  • soiled paper
  • used paper towel and tissues.

Education for residents

We work with building managers, owners corporations, real estate agents and other agencies to improve waste management services in the buildings they manage.

To reduce waste and help everyone to understand what waste goes where, we offer:

  • waste and recycling education
  • signage installation on your site
  • posters, brochures and bin stickers.

We have created info posters that you can display in your apartment bin bay:

To talk about waste education resources, please contact us via ASSIST on 03 9209 6777.

Write a waste management plan

Developers must submit a waste management plan with when they apply for a planning permit for a multi-unit development. We review plans on a case-by-case basis.

For existing buildings, owners corporations can apply for council bin services by submitting a waste management plan.

For help preparing a waste management plan read our Waste Management Plan Guidelines 2019 (PDF 879 KB) and use the Waste Management template (DOCX 88 KB) to submit your waste management plan through our Online Services portal.

Waste management plans are part of our requirements for sustainable design for developments.