Recycling and Green Waste Recycling

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.

Darebin - East/West map

Recycling Calendar

Download the 2018 East Zone Recycling Calendar or 2018 West Zone Recycling Calendar.  Printed calendars are also available from our Customer Service Centres, or you can call 8470 8888 to have one posted to you.

Download the 2017 East Zone Recycling Calendar or 2017 West Zone Recycling Calendar for collection dates up until 31 December 2017.

Christmas and Public Holiday Collections
Bins are not collected on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday, or Anzac Day public holidays. Bins will be collected the following day.

  • Hard plastic items such as; milk bottles, soft drink bottles, ice cream tubs, takeaway containers, laundry and bathroom containers, yogurt 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 accepted items in Darebin recycling bins.

  • 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. Find out where to recycle soft plastics here.
  • No polystyrene or Styrofoam
  • No food scraps
  • No fabric
  • No light globes -  these can be recycled at a Darebin Customer Service Centre Recycling Station
  • No batteries- these can be recycled at a Darebin Customer Service Centre Recycling Station
  • 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, seek advice from the Department of Health.

If you are unsure whether an item can be recycled or not, call us on 8470 8888 or email 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

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. 

  • 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

On bin night, make sure you:

  • 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

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 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
  • X-rays
  • Cameras and accessories
  • Mobile phones and accessories
  • Ring pull
  • Corks
  • 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).

Even more recycling options
These organisations may be able to help you recycle your unwanted goods:

  • 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

Further Information
Customer Service
Phone: 8470 8888

Up to two yellow lidded recycling bins are available to Darebin businesses for a start-up charge of $94.50 per bin (GST exempt).

What is Included in the Business Recycling Service?
Businesses operating from a business rated property can obtain up to two 240 litre yellow lidded recycling bins, collected fortnightly as part of our Business Recycling Service.

There is a one off fee of $94.50* (GST exempt) per bin. Maximum of two bins allowed per business.

Businesses operating from a residential rated property are not eligible for the Business Recycling Service.

How Do I Order a Business Recycle Bin?

  1. Complete the Business Recycling Application Online Form or complete the form in-person at our Customer Service Centres (along with your payment).
  2. Make the payment via a credit card.

* Fees and charges may change. Participating businesses will be kept informed of any changes.

If you are a not-for-profit organisation, you may be eligible for a fee reduction or waiver at Council’s discretion.

To apply:

  1. Complete the Fee Waiver Application Form
  2. Return the form to any Customer Service Centre or by email to:

For information about what you can put in your business recycling bin and your collection days, please refer to the Recycling section of the Recycling and Green Waste page.

Darebin offers an optional green waste recycling service to households to encourage the recycling of garden waste.

Garden waste placed in this bin is recycled into garden products such as mulch and compost. You can find out what happens to your green waste by visiting the Back to Earth initiative here.

Green waste sent to landfill generates methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 time more potent that carbon dioxide. By recycling green waste you prevent it going to landfill.

Green Waste Recycling Collection Days 
Green waste recycling bins are collected fortnightly, alternating with your recycling collection. Find out when your green waste recycling bin is collected via the maps below:

You can also find your collection date by searching on your property address in the Darebin Guide.

Christmas and Public Holiday Collections
Bins will not be collected on Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's Day or Anzac Day. If your green waste recycling bin is due to be collected on one of these days it will be collected the following day. All other bin collections in the week of one of these public holidays will also occur a day late.

What can I put in my Green Waste Recycling Bin?
The following items are accepted in green waste recycling bins:

  • Grass clippings
  • Weeds
  • Small sticks, twigs and prunings (up to 30cm length)
  • Flowers and leaves
  • Cut flowers

Please don’t place food waste, soil, concrete or bricks in your green waste recycling bin or it may not be emptied. 

Your bin will not be collected if:

  • It weighs more than 30kg
  • It is overfilled or has anything on top of it or leaning against it
  • It is put out too late
  • It is too close to obstacles such as trees, poles, other bins or parked cars

Branch and Christmas Tree Collections
Darebin households are entitled to:

  • One free bundled branch collection per year (up to eight bundles of branches of no more than one metre long). Branches must be tied with string and must be easily handled by one person.
  • One natural or real Christmas tree collection per year (one natural Christmas tree per household). Christmas tree collections are available from 27 December to 1 February.
  • The Darebin Resource Recovery Centre (the Tip) offers a free drop-off service of standard sized Christmas trees for two weeks only from mid to late January.

Bookings are required for both these services. To book, call Customer Service on 8470 8888.

Disposing of additional Green Waste Recycling
Additional green waste recycling can be disposed of at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre (Tip). Charges apply. Or you can compost your green waste for free at home using a compost bin.

Food Waste
Food put in your waste bins ends up in landfill. Not only does wasting food cost you money, it is bad for the environment too. When food breaks down in landfill, it generates methane - a greenhouse gas. By reducing the amount of food waste in landfill, we reduce the amount of greenhouse gas entering the environment. For information on how to reduce your food waste, see our Food Waste Storage Sheet or visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Green waste recycling bins are an optional service for residents.

Charges for this optional service are billed to the ratepayer through rates notices. Only the ratepayer for the property can request an optional green waste recycling service. Discounts are available to pension card holders.

If you are a tenant in a rental property and would like this service you will need to contact the property owner or agent and request that they order the green waste service on your behalf.

Bin Size
Annual charge
120L $51.50
120L (pensioner rate) $29.80
240L $97.60
240L (pensioner rate) $62.70

How to order a Green Waste Recycling Bin
1. Complete the Green Waste Recycling Bin Application Form
2. Return the completed form to a Customer Service Centre

Further Information
Customer Service
Phone 8470 8888

Further Information
Customer Service
Phone: 8470 8888 

Recent audits show that 35-40% of the average Darebin waste bin is food waste which may have been avoided or recycled.

This makes food waste very costly with the average household throwing away around $2,200 per year or approximately one in every five shopping bags of groceries that could otherwise have been avoided.

It’s also a serious environmental concern because when food breaks down in landfill, it produces methane which is a more toxic greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. By throwing away food we waste all the energy, water and natural resources used to produce, transport and package the food.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) if the amount of food wasted globally in 2007 was listed as a country it would have been the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind only China and the USA.

So what can you do?

Firstly, try to avoid food waste wherever possible. Two key strategies to do this is meal planning and writing a shopping list as these help you to buy only what you need. Making sure you store your food correctly will also help you to make the most of the food you buy. Check out our Food Storage Chart here.
The following are two local programs that provide valuable ideas and resources to help you and your household avoid food waste.

Love your leftovers

Love Food Hate Waste is a Victorian Government campaign that aims to raise awareness about the importance of food waste. Their I Love Leftovers campaign promotes a range of helpful and practical tools and ideas to make food waste avoidance easy. Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for recipe cards and videos with ideas on using up leftover food and meals along with tips and tools for better meal planning, shopping and storage.

Know more about your food

The Food Know How program is an initiative created by Yarra City Council that was delivered across a number of local councils, including Darebin. The aim of the program is to help people reduce food waste by educating and engaging households to avoid and recycling their food waste. It provided information and a range of workshops on topics like meal planning, smart shopping, storing food, cooking with leftovers and how to recycle your food waste for your garden. The program was made possible with funding from the Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund.

To access all the tools and resources from the program including the weekly menu plan and shopping list and a household food waste diary go to Food Know How.


Since the ABC's Four Corners documentary, Council has received some questions about where residents' recycling goes. We have put together this information to answer those questions.

Which company manages recycling in Darebin?
Darebin City Council has an existing contract with Remondis for the kerbside collection and SKM Recycling for processing of recyclable material. The recyclable material collected from the household kerbside recycling bins is sorted into material components for recycling into new products.

Can you tell me more about SKM Recycling?
SKM Recycling is a major participant in the recyclables industry, and provides a range of recyclable sorting and collection services to several councils and regional waste management groups across Victoria.  Once collected, recyclables are transported to the Materials Recovery Facility, such as the SKM Coolaroo plant.  A combination of sorting processes separates the different materials by various criteria including size and weight.

SKM has local and export markets to which they on sell the sorted recyclables. The price of these materials is controlled by market forces and SKM, like other recycling companies need to deal with the market fluctuations.

You can find more information about SKM on their website.

What checks do you do to make sure SKM Recycling is fulfilling its contract?
Darebin City Council receives reports from SKM which detail how many tonnes of recycling has been transported into the Materials Recovery.  The report also tells Council what types of items were included in the recyclables, including contaminants.  SKM have recently completed a report to Council, indicating that just over 8% of the recycling loads collected are contaminants.  General waste, green waste and plastic bags are the most commonly found contaminants.  Recyclables should not be placed in plastic bags, but rather loose in the kerbside recycling bin.

Where does my household recycling go?
The recyclables collected from household kerbside recycling bins is delivered directly to the SKM Laverton or Coolaroo sites for processing.  SKM is currently working with authorities to ensure that materials can be safely processed at the Coolaroo site following the recent fire at that site, and so all materials are going to Laverton during this period.

  • Paper/cardboard (boxes, pizza trays, toilet rolls, egg cartons, envelopes, paper)

The recovered paper and cardboard is used for new paper and cardboard manufacture with excess materials exported as a commodity.

  • Plastic containers (hard plastic bottles, hard plastic containers)

The recovered plastics are used for the manufacture of new plastic bottles and containers. Plastic materials such as PET and HDPE materials are sold to local and international markets.

  • Milk containers/juice containers

The recovered milk and juice containers are used to manufacture new containers

  • Aluminium (cans and foil)

The recovered aluminium material is used to manufacture new aluminium cans and aluminium products.

  • Steel (steel cans, aerosol cans)

The recovered steel is sold back to the industries that manufacture them, and is then used to make similar products cans.

  • Glass (bottles and jars)

The recovered glass is used as a raw material for other products.

What happens to contaminated recycling materials?
Sometimes recycling materials that are contaminated with non-recyclables are sent to landfill; this depends on the level of contamination and the contaminants included.

How much of recycling is classified as ‘contaminated’?
Excluding crushed glass, the rate of contamination in recyclable materials is just over 8%.

What does Darebin City Council do to encourage recycling by residents and businesses?
Darebin City Council are leaders in creating a sustainable city.  We actively work to educate and communicate with our community about how to recycle. Read more about Council’s commitment to waste reduction.

Not sure of how to get rid of your once festive Christmas tree? We provide a collection service and a drop-off point up until 1 February.

Christmas tree collections are limited and begin on 29 December and end by 1 February. Bookings are limited and required. You can book your free Christmas tree collection by calling Customer Service on 8470 8888.

You can also drop-off your Christmas tree during the same period at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre (the Tip). Real trees can be dropped off for free, but a plastic tree will cost $18 (default charge).

Further Information
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888