Residents are provided with a 240 litre wheelie bin, with a yellow lid, to use for household recycling. Household recycling is collected fortnightly.
When is My Recycling Bin Collected?
Household recycling bins are collected fortnightly, alternating with green waste bin collections (green lids).
To find out if you live in the East or West collection zone, see the map below or the Which Recycling Zone Do I Live In? map. To find out when your recycling bin is collected by street name, you can view the Recycling Map.
You can download the 2017 East Zone Recycling Calendar or 2017 West Zone Recycling Calendar. Printed calendars are available from our Customer Service Centres or ring 8470 8888 to have one posted to you.
Christmas and Public Holiday Collections
Bins are not collected on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, or Anzac Day public holidays, the bins will be collected the following day.
What can I put in my Recycling Bin?
- Hard plastic items such as milk bottles, soft drink bottles, ice cream tubs, takeaway containers, laundry and bathroom containers, yoghurt tubs buckets, plant pots, Tupperware and other items made from hard plastic
- Paper and cardboard such as office paper, envelopes, coffee cups, pizza boxes, egg cartons, newspaper and magazines
- Tetra packs such as milk and juice cartons
- Unbroken glass bottles and jars (no Pyrex, and no broken glass - this needs to be wrapped and put in your waste bin)
- Aluminium and steel items such as drink cans, food tins, cooking oil containers, foil trays, aluminium foil (rolled into a ball)
- Clean pots, pans and other metal cooking dishes (even with plastic handles).
See What Can I Put In My Recycling Bin? for a full list of items.
What must stay OUT of my Recycling Bin?
- No plastic bags or any soft plastic that can be scrunched into a ball in your hand - no plastic wrap, no bread bags, no pasta packets, no muesli bar wrappers or chip bags
- No polystyrene or Styrofoam
- No food scraps
- No fabric
- No light globes- these can be recycled at Darebin's Customer Service Centre Recycling Stations
- No batteries- these can be recycled at Darebin's Customer Service Centre Recycling Stations
- No electrical goods
- No ceramics, crockery or Pyrex
- No smoke detectors - up to 10 household smoke detectors can be disposed of in your household waste bin. For more than 10 smoke detectors, disposal advice must be sought from the Department of Health.
If you are unsure whether an item can be recycled or not, ring 8470 8888 or email email@example.com for advice.
- Containers only need to be scraped free of food, no need to rinse them clean
- Squeeze, squash and flatten your recycling to fit more in your bin
- Only put items that can be recycled in your recycling bin - it may not be collected if there are incorrect items inside
On Bin Night
- Put your bin out before 5am on your collection day
- Put your bin on the nature strip at least half a metre from other bins, cars or obstructions (where possible)
- Ensure that your bin lid is closed, with no rubbish beside or on top of it
- Face your bin opening towards the road
- Remove your bin from the nature strip within 24 hours of collection
Other Recycling Options
Recycling Soft Plastic
You can recycle soft plastics (any plastic items that can be scrunched into a ball in your hand) by dropping them off at a REDcycle collection point at participating Coles supermarkets (and some other large supermarkets). The soft plastics collected by REDcycle are recycled into new products for schools and communities. Visit the REDcycle website for a full list of what can be collected and to search for your nearest drop-off point.
Many other supermarkets also have recycling bins for single-use plastic shopping bags. Visit the Recycling Near You website to find your nearest drop-off point.
Darebin Customer Service Centre Recycling Stations
All of our Customer Service Centres accept small amounts of:
- Household batteries
- Light globes, fluoro tubes and compact fluoro tubes
- Cameras and accessories
- Mobile phones and accessories
- Ring pull
- DVDs, CDs and video tapes
Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
The Darebin Resource Recovery Centre accepts many household items for free recycling.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence - Free collection of white goods
The Brotherhood of St Laurence provides a free white goods collection service. They collect broken and working fridges, freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers and microwaves. For more information call 1300 366 283 or book an online collection.
Recycling Near You
Detailed options for recycling can be found at Recycling Near You or by calling the Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm EST).
More Recycling Options
- Ziilch: Simple online recycling of unwanted goods
- The Sharehood: Helps you share resources within your neighbourhood
- Freecycle: A non-profit portal for exchanging unwanted goods for free
- Ozrecycle: Another way to give and get things for free instead of sending them to landfill
- FreeTreasure: Free Treasure is developing to become one of Australia’s best communities to find free stuff
Other recycling and charity services such as St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army accept a range of (good quality) household items. You can also sell items on websites such as Gum Tree and eBay.
Get it Right on Bin Night
Get It Right On Bin Night is a state-wide project that helps you make some simple changes at home to ensure you’re recycling right.
Get it Right!
- Know what you can and can't recycle
- Check for recycling in every room of your house, including the bathroom and study
- Make sure recyclable items are empty
- Don’t put recycling in plastic bags
Yellow Pages/White Pages
Phone books create a significant environmental impact. You can opt out of delivery of phone books by calling 1800 810 211 or visiting Directory Select.
Ph: 8470 8888