Below we have listed some of the most common household items people look to recycle.
Information on what you can or can't recycle at our Resource Recovery Centres and hoppers are also listed in our Waste Disposal Guide.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive source of recycling information, please check out the Sustainability Victoria website or Planet Ark's recycling guide.
Download the Recycling Guide(PDF, 13MB) . A recycling sticker can also be collected from the Shire's customer service offices or posted to your home.
Don't place recycling in plastic bags. Use a container or tub to carry your recyclables to the recycling bin.
Empty the contents and rinse out your containers / bottles before placing in the recycling bin.
FREE disposal of excess recycling is available at our Resource Recovery Centres (Rye, Mornington and Tyabb) or hoppers (Sorrento, Dromana and Flinders).
What CAN I put in my recycling bin (blue lid)?
- Newspapers & phone books
- Magazines & junk mail
- Envelopes (including plastic windows)
- Flattened cardboard
- Pizza boxes (small amounts of greased only. If greased has soaked through the cardboard, please place the bottom in the rubbish and top in the recycling bin)
- Breakfast cereal boxes
- Milk and juice cartons
- Egg cartons
- Toilet rolls
- Paper books
Plastics that cannot easily be scrunched into a ball or returns to its shape when scrunched, regardless if there is or is not a plastic identification number. Larger hard plastic items can be recycled at the Resource Recovery Centres.
Drink and milk bottles (empty, rinsed and lids off)
- Plastic lids (separated)
- Pot plants
- Plastic children's toys with no battery or electrical components
- Take away/food containers (rinsed)
- Medicine bottles (please empty and remove personal labels)
- Plastic cutlery
- Soft drink cans
- Food and pet cans
- Foil (clean and scrunched up into a small ball)
- Aluminium food trays
- Pots and pans
- Aerosol spray cans (empty)
- Glass bottles and jars (lids off)
What CAN'T go in my recycling bin
- Household waste
- Soft Plastics (Any plastics that can be scrunched into a ball - these cannot be recycled through the Shire’s kerbside bin collection. However, specialised companies can recycle these, so look for a collection point at your local supermarket).
- Plastic bags
- Plastic packaging
- Cling wrap
- Green shopping bags
- Household rubbish
- Take away coffee cups
- Paper towels
- Textiles, clothing or shoes
- Hazardous Waste
- Oil and other fuel containers
- Garden/green waste
- Black watering (irrigation/solar) pipes/hoses
- Electrical conduit
- Electronic waste (anything with a cord, plug or battery). Electronic waste can be taken to the Resource Recovery Centres