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What you can put in your bins

Changes to recyclable items

Due to changes in the Victorian recycling industry and our new contract with Cleanaway, we have updated what items can be collected in our recycling bins. Cleanaway will not accept materials that are low quality or that cannot be recycled. 

What you can and can't recycle list

Items that can no longer be recycled

Milk and juice cartons

Packaging used for long-life milk and juice cartons cannot be recycled. Tetra Paks contain many layers of cardboard and laminated products that can’t be recovered via sorting facilities across Australia.

Small plastic lids

Please remove all lids from milk, soft drinks and water bottles. They are too small to be captured and processed for recycling and are not an acceptable plastic type.

Small plastic lids must go in your waste bin. Larger plastic lids that are an acceptable plastic (i.e. with the recycling symbol 1-5) can go into your recycling, such as the plastic lid of a Jalna yoghurt.

Metal lids

Metal lids from jars can go into your recycling bin, like lids from jam or pasta sauce jars.

Black plastic

Black plastic (e.g. pot plants and meat trays) cannot be recycled as sorting technology struggles to sort them because of their colour. You may have already noticed that most supermarkets now use clear trays to as these are easier to recycle.

Plastic bottles

We now only accept plastic bottles with recycling symbol 1-5. This includes milk bottles, juice, soft drink, some detergents and cleaning products. Plastics with the numbers recycling symbols 6 and 7 do not hold any commodity value so should go in the waste bin. These include coffee cup lids and soft yoghurt tubs.

Ways to reduce waste

There has been some concern that there are now more items going into the landfill bin. We are using this as an opportunity to look at ways to reduce waste and reuse items before recycling. If you would like to find out more go to how to reduce your waste or join our Green Living in Casey Facebook Group

Put these in your recycling bin

Please empty food and drinks from containers before recycling. All items must be loose, not bagged.

Recyclable items should fit in the following four categories:

  • Clean paper and cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminium packaging like food tins, drink cans, beer caps and empty deodorant cans
  • Plastics with recycling symbol 1-5.

Remember, if in doubt, leave it out!

Don't put these in your recycling bin

  • Medical waste including insulin needles
  • Car parts of any kind
  • Highly flammable materials: chemicals, paint tins gas bottles
  • Bagged domestic waste or recycling in a plastic bag
  • Clothing, shoes and fabric
  • Soft plastics — items that can be scrunched into a ball:
    • Food packaging
    • Cling wrap
    • Plastic bags
  • Milk/juice cartons liquid paperboard or Tetra Pak
  • Plastics with recycling symbols 6 and 7
  • Any black plastic e.g. plastic meat trays or plant pots
  • Electrical waste, including mobile phones and anything with a power cord or battery
  • Rubber and latex
  • Timber
  • Foam or polystyrene
  • Ceramics
  • Shredded paper

Rubbish bin

These can go in your garbage bin

  • Nappies
  • General household waste
  • Clothing that can't be donated to a charity
  • Broken glass and ceramics

All items must be bagged when put in your rubbish bin.

Don't put these in your garbage bin

  • Anything that you can put in your recycling bin
  • Anything that you can put in your garden waste bin
  • Paint
  • Hazardous materials
  • Electrical waste, including mobile phones and anything with a power cord or battery
  • Batteries

Garden waste bin

Put these in your garden waste bin

  • grass clippings
  • weeds
  • garden prunings
  • flowers
  • small branches (up to 75cm in length and 7.5cm in diameter)

Don't put these in your garden waste bin

  • general household waste
  • soil or stones
  • timber
  • building or renovation materials

Waste guide

For a summary of what you can put in your bins, you can download a copy of our recycling and waste guide.

How else to dispose of waste

If you have items that won't go into one of your household bins, find out where else you can dispose of them. You can also find tips on how to reduce your waste for the future.

Misusing your bins

If you continue to misuse your recycling or garden waste bins, we may remove them for up to 6 months. We will give you adequate warning on what the issue is and how you can fix it. If you fail to rectify the issue, we will confiscate your bin.

If your bin is confiscated, you must contact us to get it back.