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What you can put in your bins

What goes in your bin

Recycling bin

Put these in your recycling bin

Recyclable items should fit in the following four categories:

  • Clean paper and flattened cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars that held food or drink e.g. jam jars, wine or beer bottles
  • Aluminium packaging like food tins, drink cans, scrunched foil, empty deodorant cans and loose metal lids from jars or bottles
  • Household plastic bottles and containers, with recycling symbols 1-5 (lids removed). For example, soft drink bottles, berry containers, shampoo bottles

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

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
  • Pyrex, glassware and drinking glasses
  • Shredded paper
  • Plastics with recycling symbols 6 and 7:

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

General waste bin

Put these in your general waste bin

  • Household waste
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Nappies
  • Polystyrene
  • Broken ceramics and glass
  • Soft plastics
  • Shredded paper
  • Black plastics
  • Small plastic lids
  • Damaged clothing, shoes, bedding and material
  • Coffee cups and lids

Don't put these in your general waste 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

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

Waste and recycling guide

For a detailed summary of what you can put in your bins, download our recycling and waste guide. You can also download A4 bin posters to print at home and place on your bins.

Why have there been 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. Items that can no longer be recycled include:

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.

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

Council conducts regular bin inspections across Casey as part of its bin contamination education program.

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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