What Can Go In My Bin?

It's important to put the right items in your bins and ensure they are put out correctly to minimise collection issues.

    On Bin Collection Day

    • Place bins out the night before your collection day
    • Bins should be returned to your property within 24 hours after collection
    • Place bins near the kerb with handles away from the road
    • Leave 50cm between bins and cars, street lights or other bins
    • Bins must not weigh over 70kg each
    • Do not over fill bins - lid must be able to be closed
    • Do not squash the items in the bin, this can result in the waste being jammed and difficulty emptying
    • Place waste inside the bin: extra bags or boxes will not be collected
    • Place the bins side by side, not behind other bins
    • If you would like a new bin lid sticker for your garbage and recycling bin, please contact customer service

    Top Recycling Tips 

    • Put the right items in your recycling bin otherwise it may not get collected
    • If you are unsure of how to dispose an item, visit the RecycleMate website or download the app for a helpful tool to learn which bin to use at home or learn if there is a better recycling option near you
    • Set your recycling free, don't bag your recyclables
    • No soft plastics - items that scrunch easily into a ball and don't hold their shape (e.g. chip packets, plastic bags and cling wrap) are considered as a soft plastic and do not go in the recycling bin. Soft plastics go in the garbage bin.
    • Empty contents of items before placing them in the bin, no need to rinse
    • Plastic codes with the recycling symbols are not reliable to determine if the plastic is recyclable or not. This code is used as an industry code, some packaging may have the same number but may not be recyclable or some packaging may not include the code. Instead, do the scrunch test or look out for the Australasian Recycling Label on some packaging. The label shows how to dispose of each piece of packaging
    • Learn about recycling plastics – what the numbers on the code mean
    • Flatten boxes and squash bulky containers down to save space
    • Additional cardboard can be recycled for free at the Recycling and Waste Centre
    • Additional cardboard and paper can also be taken to the VISY Springvale Facility for free
    • Waxed cardboard test - scratch your finger along the surface of the item. If your fingernail is clean and no wax lifts off, the item can be recycled. If wax lifts off, the item cannot be recycled
    • Minimise glass breakage where possible and place softer items like plastic bottles at the bottom of the bin
    • Separate bins - have separate bins for garbage, recyclables and compost (if you compost) in your kitchen to help easily separate your waste. Request a yellow recycling crate from council by emailing the waste team (pick up from Nunawading Customer Service only)
    • Full bin each collection or wanting to reduce your environmental impact? See our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle page for tips on reducing your waste.

    The REDcycle soft plastic collection program at Coles and Woolworths is currently not operating. 

    We are monitoring various soft plastic options, including a program operated by Monash City Council. However, the Monash program is not suitable to extend to Whitehorse. There is no system-wide option for Victoria at the moment. When considering a soft plastic scheme for Whitehorse, Council will only consider joining a program which is sustainable and maintains the trust and expectations of our community.

    For now, please put soft plastic items in your red-lidded garbage bin, not in your yellow-lidded recycling bin. 

    When placed in your recycling bin, soft plastic can contaminate the paper recycling stream and disrupt and damage machinery at the processing facility. 

    Find out other ways you can reduce your waste.