Recycling bin

Recycling update:

After the closure of SKM, the contents of recycling bins throughout the shire are unfortunately going to landfill. We are working with potential providers to sign contracts for a new service.

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yellow circle with recycling symbol

To be a GOOD SORT, make sure you have exactly the right things going into your recycling bin. You can recycle more than you probably think, but contamination is the biggest problem– putting the wrong things in your recycling bin can mean the rest of the contents get sent to landfill.


  • Put all items in loose; plastic bags should never go in your recycling bin.
  • Leave plastic lids on plastic bottles (this is preferred by our contractors).
  • Take metal or plastic lids off glass jars and put them into the recycle bin separately.
  • No need to wash items – just scrape things clean and place them in the bin.
  • Flatten boxes and cans so they take up less space.
  • Larger items of cardboard, rigid plastic and metals including whitegoods (up to 0.5m2) are accepted at no cost at our transfer stations.

What's accepted in my recycling bin?

This list is just an indication; visit the Think Recycle website for more details.

All rigid plastics including:
Milk and other drink bottles
Yoghurt, ice cream and margarine tubs
Detergent and shampoo bottles
Berry punnets
Biscuit trays
Takeaway containers
Plastic plates and cutlery
CDs and covers
Paper and Cardboard

Milk and juice cartons
Junk mail
Envelopes (you can leave the clear windows in)
Food packaging such as pizza boxes if not too soiled
Egg cartons
Bottles and jars from drinks, beauty products, foods and vitamins – take the lids off and place these in separately
Drink cans
Tins and cans including Milo tins and pet food cans
Empty aerosol cans (lid off)
Aluminium foil – scrunched into a ball the size of your hand
Aluminium foil trays
Metal lids

DO NOT include landfill or organics items such as:

X Plastic bags
X Polystyrene foam
X Mirrors
X Light globes/tubes
X Window glass
X Broken drinking glasses
X Pyrex, crockery or ceramics
X Coffee pods (eg Nespresso) (check to see if you can recycle yours somewhere)
X Fabric or clothing
X Electrical items or appliances
X Video tapes
X Gas bottles
X Food scraps or garden organics
X Nappies
X Wire and rope
X Timber
Hazardous or medical waste such as sharps or sharps containers

Cr David Bell and Director of Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group show us how to sort waste into the three different kerbside bins.

Where does my recycling go?

 Watch this video to see what happens to your recycling after it's collected.