If you or someone in your household has COVID-19 we will still collect your bins as normal. Please complete the following steps to keep this process safe for everyone:
- Put your usual items in your bins.
- Place any disposable items (tissues, rapid antigen tests, cleaning cloths, masks and gloves) in a bag and ensure it is securely closed, double bag these items if necessary. Put this into your garbage bin, ensure the lid is fully closed and items cannot escape.
- Also place any recyclables that have touched your disposable items into your garbage bin.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds after touching any garbage or recyclables. Also use hand sanitiser if available.
Recycling bin collection
We collect your recycling bin once a week on the same night as your garbage bin. If you pay the waste charge as part of your rates then you can use this service. You can find out more about the waste charge on our Understand your rates page.
Our recycling bins have a yellow lid.
Information about commercial waste is on our Waste for businesses page.
To find out when your recycling collection will be, enter your address below.
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There is a waste management charge in your rates that covers recycling collection. You can learn more about this charge on our Understand your rates page. The charge also includes garbage, food and garden organics (FOGO), and hard waste collection. You can find out more about these services on our Bins and collection services page.
You can find out more about how much waste we are collecting and which companies hold waste collection contracts with us on our Council services data page.
Put your bins out by 5:30am on your bin collection day. You can also put your bins out the night before.
Put your bin on the kerb at the edge of your street. Make sure the bin is facing the street and that there are no objects within 30cm (such as a car, tree or another bin).
Any waste left beside or on top of the bin will not be collected.
If your street is a court or cul-de-sac, place your bins along the straight part of the kerb.
Below are some diagrams that show this placement.
You can put these items in your recycling bin:
- cardboard and office paper
- newspapers and magazines
- phone books
- books (with covers removed)
- pizza boxes (with no food waste)
- single use / disposable paper dinnerware (plates and bowls, with no food waste)
- milk and juice cartons (refrigerated only, not long-life cartons)
- aluminium foil, trays and cans (remove any food, scrunch foil into a ball)
- steel cans (empty)
- aerosol cans (empty with plastic nozzle removed)
- paint tins / cans (empty)
- glass bottles and jars (clear, green and amber)
- rigid plastic packaging including bottles and containers
- small plastic plant pots
Make sure that you are putting the right items into your garbage bin and food and garden organics (FOGO) bin. The items that belong in these bins cannot go in your recycling bin.
The following items also cannot go in your recycling bin:
- batteries (take these to a household battery recycling drop off point which you can find on our Recycling stations page)
- flexible soft plastics (plastic bags, bread or pasta bags, plastic wrap)
- any items in plastic bags
- long-life milk, soy milk, and juice cartons (foil-lined cardboard packaging)
- expanded polystyrene packaging (cups, plates, and trays)
- clothing, shoes, or blankets
- food waste or garden waste
- drinking glasses, ceramics, or Pyrex
- single-use / disposable cups (includes plastic, paper, and bio-cups)
- single-use / disposable plastic dinnerware (plates, bowls, and cutlery)
- napkins, tissues, paper towel or shredded paper (place these items in your compost bin or worm farm)
Putting the wrong items in your recycling bin makes the service more expensive. It can also mean that truckloads of recycling have to go to landfill. Contaminated recycling can be a fire hazard and may be dangerous for workers at the Material Recovery Facility.
Information about how to change your bin or get a new bin ison our Bin delivery, repairs and replacements page. This includes damaged bins, lost or stolen bins, changing your bin size, or ordering a bin for your property.
If you have too much recycling to fit in your bin, you can wait until your bin is collected or you can take your excess recycling to a transfer station. You can find out about nearby transfer stations on our Waste and recycling locations page.
Our Residential Kerbside Waste Services booklet (PDF) is about our kerbside waste services. This also has information about composting, hard waste, and local transfer stations.
Our Waste Services in the City of Merri-bek brochure (PDF) is about disposing of things that don't go in your bins.
To request a printed copy you can call us on 9240 1111.
Shared bins at multi-unit developments and apartment sites
We provide shared bins for multi-unit and apartment sites across Merri-bek. These are for use by all residents at the site. Most shared recycling bins have 240L of capacity, double the size of the standard 120L recycling bins. One shared bin has the capacity to service 2 to 3 units.
To ensure that everyone at a site can effectively use shared bins you need to:
- Store the bins in a central location so that everyone can access the bins
- Agree who will take out the bins for collection and bring them in
- Assess if the capacity of the different bins is meeting the requirements of the site. Discuss this with your owners corporation or body corporate
- Ensure shared bins do not weigh more than 30kg and are not overfilled as we will not be able to collect them
To reduce the amount of general waste produced at your development you can:
- Order a food and garden organics (FOGO) bin online for your garden and food waste
- Order a compost bin or worm farm from Compost Community for your food waste