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What you can put in your bins

Waste guide

For a summary of what you can put in your bins, download our recycling and waste guide or you can register to receive a copy in the mail.

By registering for a waste guide online, we can post you the latest copy for free.

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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, fresh milk and juice cartons, including Tetra Paks, cannot be recycled. Tetra Paks contain many layers of cardboard and laminated products that cannot be recovered via sorting facilities across Australia.

Small plastic caps

Please remove all plastic caps 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 caps must go in your waste bin. Larger plastic lids that are an acceptable plastic (i.e. with the recycling symbols 1 to 5) can go into your recycling, such as the plastic lid of a Jalna yoghurt.

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 as these are easier to recycle.

Plastic bottles and containers

We now only accept plastics with recycling symbols 1 to 5. This includes milk bottles, juice, soft drink, some detergents and cleaning products. Plastics with 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.

Put these in your recycling bin

Recyclable items should fit in the following four categories:

  • Clean paper and cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminium packaging like food tins, drink cans, scrunched foil, empty deodorant cans and loose metal lids from jars or bottles
  • Plastics with recycling symbols 1 to 5:

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

Remember, if in doubt, leave it out!

Don't put these in your recycling bin

  • Medical waste including insulin needles, masks and gloves
  • Car parts of any kind
  • Highly flammable materials: chemicals, paint tins or 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 e.g. chip or lolly wrappers, zip lock bags
    • Cling wrap
    • Plastic bags
  • Milk/juice cartons liquid paperboard or Tetra Pak
  • Takeaway coffee cups, straws and cutlery (including biodegradable or compostable)
  • 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
  • Plastics with recycling symbols 6 and 7:

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Rubbish bin

These can go in your rubbish bin

  • Nappies
  • General household waste
  • Takeaway coffee cups, straws, and cutlery (including biodegradable or compostable)
  • Clothing that cannot be donated to charity
  • Broken glass and ceramics
  • Black plastics
  • Milk/juice cartons or Tetra Pak
  • Plastic bags and soft plastics
  • Shredded paper
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastics with recycling symbols 6 and 7:

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

Don't put these in your rubbish bin

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

Food and garden waste bin

Put these in your food and garden waste bin

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

Don't put these in your food and garden waste bin

How else to dispose of waste

If you have items that cannot 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 or join our Green Living in Casey Facebook Group to learn more.

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.

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