Recycling collection

Council collects recycling bins every week from residential properties in Moreland.

An annual waste charge is included in your rates notice. This charge helps fund the Council kerbside collection services.

Council also collects recycling bins from non-residential rateable properties subject to payment of the waste charge.

When recycling bins are collected

Council collects your recycling bin each week on the same day as your garbage bin. The day of collection depends on where you live.

Please place your bin out by 5.30 am of collection day, preferably the night before. Garbage and recycling bins are usually collected in the morning.

Enter your address to see your recycling bin collection day and to view a bin collection calendar for your address.

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You can also download the 2017 waste collection calendar (PDF 2Mb) which shows when bins are collected in different areas of Moreland.

What can be put in your recycling bin

Your recycling bin has a yellow lid.

You can put the following items in your recycling bin:

  • cardboard and office paper
  • newspapers and magazines
  • phone books
  • books (with covers removed)
  • pizza boxes (with no food waste)
  • milk and juice cartons
  • aluminium pots, pans, foil, trays and cans (remove any food, scrunch foil into a ball)
  • metal pots, pans and cutlery
  • steel cans (empty)
  • aerosol cans (empty with plastic nozzle removed)
  • glass bottles and jars (clear, green and amber)
  • rigid plastic packaging including bottles and containers, and
  • soft flexible plastic packaging (collect these in a plastic bag and place in your recycling bin).

Soft flexible plastic packaging includes:

  • bread bags
  • shopping bags
  • plastic wrap
  • bags from pasta, rice or frozen foods
  • clear plastic cereal box liners

Soft flexible plastic packaging does not include:

  • chip packets
  • foil liners
  • bubble wrap
  • polystyrene

Remember to remove lids from bottles and jars and throw them into the recycling bin too.

Coffee cups and other single use disposable paper cups cannot be recycled in Moreland.

You can collect your soft plastics, like bags and wrap, in a plastic bag.

Do not bag any other recyclables as the entire bag will be sent to landfill.

Items that cannot be placed in your recycling bin

Visit the Council A - Z guide to waste and recycling for information on how to recycle or dispose of items that cannot be placed in your recycling bin.

You can also visit Recycling Near You and search by product.

Some recycling centres and landfills will accept items to be recycled free of charge, however, charges will apply for some items.

Victorians are great recyclers but we can improve. Research shows that many household rubbish bins contain up to 20 per cent of items that could have been recycled. Visit get it right on bin night to find out how to recycle right in every room of the house.

Council conducts random inspections of recycling bins and green waste bins to ensure residents are putting the right items in the right bin and to reduce the impact of contamination.

Where to place your bin

Put your garbage, recycling and green waste bins on the kerb on the edge of the street.

Face the bins to the street. Make sure there are no objects within 30 centimetres of the bin such as a car, tree or another bin.

If you live on a court or bowl place your bins along the straight edge, not on the corner.

How to change the size of your recycling bin

If you find you have more recycling than will fit in your recycling bin each week, Council will consider providing a larger or additional recycling bin.

Before you contact Council, look at what you are currently putting in your recycling bin.

  • Ask yourself if everything in your recycling bin is recyclable.
  • See if there are items you can flatten, like cardboard boxes or cans, to take up less space.
  • Consider ways to avoid waste in the first place, by buying products in bulk, reusing or refilling containers, and buying concentrated cleaning products rather than ready made items.

If you still find you require additional recycling capacity, you can complete an Application for Increased Recycling Capacity form (PDF 21Kb) or Application for Increased Recycling Capacity form (DOC 90Kb) and return the form to Council. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis.

Damaged, lost or stolen bins

New bins and bin replacements has information on how to have your recycling bin repaired or replaced.

New bins for new properties

If you are a new resident at a new property that does not have a garbage and recycling bin, you can contact Council to a order new bins. 

What happens to your recycling

After your recyclables are collected, they are taken to the Polytrade Materials Recovery Facility where they are sorted. Large contaminants are removed by hand as the materials travel across conveyor belts.

Paper, newspaper and cardboard are separated from bottles and cans. Paper is then sorted into different categories and sent to manufacturers across Australia and made into new paper and cardboard items.

Plastics are sorted into polymer type, baled and returned to factories for reprocessing. Products made from recycled plastic include mobile garbage bins, compost bins, fleece jackets, bottles, packaging and plastic bags.

Council is committed to buying recycled products and buying back the recycling that it collects. For example, Council uses 100% recycled content paper for all office printing, recycling bins are made from recycled plastic, and Council sells compost bins made from recycled plastic.

Council periodically run tours of Polytrade’s Material Recovery Facility. To register your interest in a tour of the facility contact Council’s waste education provider MRA Consulting on 9016 3664.

Other places to recycle

Many materials that can't be recycled via your kerbside recycling bin can be recycled elsewhere. If the materials you are wanting to recycle aren't listed in these pages try Recycling Near You, an online guide to recycling. You can search either by product or by Council area.

You can also see recycling centres in the local area.

Further information

You can download the Residential Kerbside Waste Services booklet (PDF 1Mb) for information on the garbage, recycling, green waste and hard waste kerbside collections, composting and worm farming, where your nearest transfer stations are and how to correctly place your bins out for collection.

Watch the waste and recycling video

A short animation about what you can recycle, compost and the items which should be placed in the recycling bin.