We collect your recycling once a fortnight on the same day as your garbage collection. Contact us if you need us to supply a recycling bin.
Quick tips to help you recycle right
- Items must be loose (not in plastic bags)
- All containers must be empty and dry (no food or liquid)
- Metal lids off and in the recycling bin
- Plastic bottle lids off and in the garbage bin
- Flatten cardboard boxes to allow more room in your bin
What can you put in your recycling bin?
- Hard plastic bottles which are coded 1 to 5 (place lids separately in the garbage bin). You can tell it’s hard by doing the ‘scrunch’ test. Try and scrunch up the bottle – if it returns to its original shape it belongs in the recycling bin, this includes soft drink, cordial, milk and detergent bottles
- Hard plastic containers which are coded 1 to 5
- Clean paper and cardboard (larger boxes can be cut up into smaller pieces to fit in the bin or taken to one of Council’s cardboard and paper drop-off points)
- Metal cans and tins, foil (scrunched in a ball), empty aerosols
- Empty glass bottles and jars (place lids separately into the recycling bin).
You can download a copy of the recycling bin poster to print yourself here
What items don’t belong in your recycling bin?
These items can’t be recycled
|Where does it belong?|
|Plastic bags||Garbage bin|
|Reusable ‘green’ shopping bags||Garbage bin|
|Soft plastics – including plastic wrap and film||Garbage bin|
|Household /domestic waste||Garbage bin|
|Coffee cups – both the lid and cup cannot be recycled||Garbage bin|
|Long-life and mixed material cartons – Tetra Pak, juice cartons, milk cartons||Garbage bin|
|Meat trays (foam)||Garbage bin|
|Garden waste and vegetation||Green waste bin – don’t have one? Order one now here|
|Textiles - clothing, shoes and bags||If still wearable take to a charity shop or charity bin – otherwise the garbage bin with general waste|
|Toys (no batteries)||Donate to a charity store. Garbage bin if broken|
|Ceramics including plates, cups etc.||Garbage bin (if broken, please wrap)|
|Bricks, rubble or building materials||A number of commercial operators provide recycling facilities, such as bins and dumpsters, which can be placed on site (commercial, demolition or residential sites) for the collection and removal or a wide range of building materials. There are also options for on-site crushing and reuse and central drop-off yards for unwanted building waste.
To find out how you can recycle these in your local area visit Recycling Near You.
|Paints||Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre|
|Green waste||Green waste bin or Compost bin. Get a compost bin here!|
|Food scraps||Compost bin. Get a compost bin here!|
|Pizza boxes||If the lid is clean it can be detached and recycled. The rest of the box can be composted.|
|Plastic bottle tops (e.g. milk and juice bottle tops)||Garbage bin|
|E-waste – anything with a cord, battery or plug (e.g. mobile phones, kitchenware, tools, computers, devices, battery-operated toys)||Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre or E-waste drop-off point
If it still works, why not donate?
|Polystyrene||Find Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) drop-off locations in Brimbank at Recycling Near You.|
|Batteries||Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre or drop off at your local library|
|Globes||Drop off at your local library or Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre|
|Mobile Phones||Drop off at your local library or Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre|
|Fluorescent tubes (including CFLs)||Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre|
|Motor Oil (up to 20L per vehicle||Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre|
|Gas Cylinders||Brimbank Resource Recovery Centre|
|Chemicals||Take to a Detox your Home event|
|Printer cartridges||Drop off at your local Officeworks or visit Planet Ark for more tips|
Recycling is one of the easiest things you can do to help the environment, so it’s important we all do our best to get it right.
If the wrong things are put into kerbside recycling bins it means all the other items that can be recycled might end up in landfill.
By making sure you know what items can and can’t be placed into your recycling bin and recycling right, you’re doing your bit for the environment and making sure recyclable material doesn’t end up in landfill.
What happens to your recycling?
Did you know Australians create 67 million tonnes of waste each year? By using your recycling bin correctly, you can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling? Follow the journey of a Brimbank kerbside bin to the Material Recovery Facility in Laverton. This facility sorts our recycling into streams of paper, cardboard, hard plastic, aluminium and glass. Once baled, recyclables are transported to onshore recyclers or exported to be turned into new products and materials.
Click here to view the short video.
Need a recycling bin?
Contact us if you need us to supply a recycling bin.
You can also search for other recycling options at Business Recycling.