Please only place accepted material into household recycling bins.

Our recycling goes to Polytrade to be sorted, baled and sent to manufacturers to be made into new products. 

You can recycle in two ways on the Peninsula:

  • Fortnightly recycling bin collection (blue lid) from your nature strip.
  • Taking your recycling for FREE disposal at our tips (resource recovery centres) and hoppers. The waste disposal guide let's you know what can be recycled and where. 
    Resource recovery centres are located in Mornington, Rye and Tyabb.  Our hoppers are located in Dromana, Sorrento and Flinders. 

Just one misused bin can contaminate an entire truck! Please ONLY place recyclable items in your recycling bin.

Find your recycling bin day on My Neighbourhood or view the bin calendars.

Recycling is collected fortnightly (including public holidays, Good Friday and Christmas Day). 

Place your recycling bins on the nature strip with the wheels facing your property the night before collection day. 

Bring your recycling bin back in by the end of the day of collection.


Recycling tips 

  • Download our Recycling Guide(PDF, 13MB).
  • A recycling sticker is available from our 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)?  

  • Paper / Cardboard
  • Newspapers & phone books
  • Magazines & junk mail   
  • Envelopes (including plastic windows)
  • Paper   
  • 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
  • Rigid / Hard Plastics

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 (number inside recycling symbol). Larger hard plastic items can be recycled at the Resource Recovery Centres

  • Drink and milk bottles (empty, rinsed and lids off)
  • Plant pots
  • Cups
  • 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 
  • Metals 
    • 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 
  •  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
    • Crockery/Ceramics 
    • Pyrex 
    • Nappies 
    • Polystyrene   
    • Take away coffee cups
    • Paper towels 
    • Food
    • Textiles, clothing or shoes
  • Hazardous Waste
    • Oil and other fuel containers 
    • Chemicals 
  • Other
    • Garden/green waste
    • PVC
    • 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
    • Vinyl
  • The Shire provides a 240L recycling bin to all households.
  • If you want an extra recycling bin or a larger recycling bin, a fee applies at the time of ordering. The additional cost is then added to your future annual rates notice.
  • If you have moved and do not have a rubbish and/or recycling bin please get in touch.

To save money, you can also check out the waste and recycling disposal guide. Many items can be recycled for free at our tips and hoppers.

 Further information is on our Order a new or larger bin page.

Order new bin

 If your recycling bin was placed on the kerbside the night before the day of collection, it should be emptied by the end of the collection day.  

If your recycling bin was not collected, please get in touch within 2 business days.

What happens next: Leave your bin out in its usual collection spot. We'll come by to empty it.

If your bin is overloaded or has waste we can't collect: it will no be emptied. Use our waste guide to dispose of your waste correctly. 

If your recycling bin becomes damaged, please get in touch to have it repaired or replaced. 

If you think your recycling bin may have been stolen or is lost, there are a couple of steps you can take: 

  1. Check your letterbox for a slip from your bin collection contractor  
  2.  If you don’t have a slip in your letterbox, submit a Lost Bin Declaration form 


After your recycling is picked up by the truck, it is taken to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Our recyclables are taken to the Polytrade MRF. Recyclables are placed on high speed conveyer belts where they are sorted into different categories. Once your recyclables are sorted, they are compacted and transported to different processing facilities to be made into new products.  

Watch the Planet Ark video to see how it all works.

Just one misused recycling bin can contaminate the whole recycling truck, resulting in the entire truck contents being sent to landfill rather than recycled.

If the Peninsula’s waste contamination continues, the Shire and community face the possibility of increasing cost to process our waste. 

Bin Inspections

Bin inspections are part of the Shire’s waste education program to reduce contamination and increase rates of recycling.

Find out more by visiting our Bin Inspection Program page.

Waste Contamination 

A contaminated truck load comes at a huge cost to the environment. It adds to landfill and loses resources that could have been remade into new products. It also comes at a significant financial cost. Contaminated bins cost the Shire and ratepayers over $600,000 per year. The Shire's Waste Contamination policy helps educate residents so that we bring contamination rates down.

What if I mistakenly put the wrong thing into my recycling bin?

If you have placed a few small items (e.g. packaging) into your recycling bin, it will still be collected. However, it is best to avoid this as it will add to contamination, lower the value of recycling and increase our processing costs.

Find what can put into your recycling bin on our recycling page.

How will you know if there is contamination? 

Shire officers, contractors or drivers may check your bins before they are emptied. Bins with no contamination will receive a smiley bin tag and go into a draw to win a monthly prize.

Bins with contamination will receive a sad bin tag to let householders know which item/s do not belong in the bin.

Learn more about the bin inspection program.

When will a bin NOT be emptied?

If a bin has large amounts of contamination or hazardous materials, it won’t be emptied. If the trucks have already passed through the area, it won’t return until the next collection schedule.

Will I receive a contamination fine?

Council officers will work with households to identify and correct the contamination.

  • Step 1: A sticker will be placed on the bin to inform households of which items can’t go into the bin. 
  • Step 2: On the second contamination event, Shire officers will call or visit the household to speak with residents. Educational materials such as stickers, posters and information on how contaminating items can be properly disposed or recycled will be provided to the household when the bin has been identified as contaminated. 
  • Step 3: After the third significant contamination event within a six-month period, a fine will be issued.
  • Step 4: If significant contamination occurs after a fine has been issued, the Shire may suspend the recycling or green waste service.

What if someone else was responsible for the contamination?

Council officers will investigate if someone else has placed contamination in your bin. These cases are usually not isolated to one household and are repeat behaviours.  



Much of your household waste can be disposed of free of charge, simply by taking it to our  Resource Recovery Centres and hoppers.  

Paint, chemicals and solvents, timber, building materials, batteries, steel, electronic waste for example can all be recycled for free at our Resource Recovery Centres. Check our Waste Disposal Guide.