Putting the wrong items in the wrong bins can result in all sorts of problems once your recycling has been collected.
The guide below shows the items that are recyclable everywhere in Victoria.
It's important to note that recycling services differ from council to council. Check with your council for the full list of items that can be recycled in your area.
Paper and cardboard
* Accepted in most areas – check with your local council.
In most areas of Victoria, the hard plastic lid can be recycled but the coffee cup itself should be put in the rubbish bin. Most cups are a mix of plastic and paper and only a few councils in Victoria can currently collect them for recycling. Check with your council or better still, take a reusable cup!
Recycle by taking them to a plastic bag collection bin at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.
Some local councils, including Boroondara, Cardinia, Hobsons Bay and Moreland can accept plastic bags in your household recycling bin – check your council website for details. A better option is to carry a reusable bag to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.
Recyclable when scrunched in a ball larger than a golf ball, which allows the foil to be sorted correctly. Aluminium is almost indefinitely recyclable.
Soft plastics (plastic wrappers, cling wrap)
Any soft plastic that can be scrunched into a ball can be recycled along with your plastic bags at the sites mentioned above. Buying products without excess plastic packaging or using reusable containers will help to reduce plastic waste.
Household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights can be dropped off for free. Check with your local council for details.
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