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Recyclables collection

Recyclables

Your blue lid recycling bin is used for the collection of recyclable containers and paper items. 

Recycling industry impacts

Read more about the current recycling impacts on Maroondah, including FAQs on what happens to recycling materials, and what this means for your recycling charges. Recycling industry impacts on Maroondah 

When is my recycling collected?

Your recycling (blue lid) is collected fortnightly on the same day as your garbage collection and every alternate week to your garden organics bin. 

Enter your address to check your next collection day  or view our 2018 waste calendar.

What can and can't go in the recyclables bin

  • advertising materials
  • books
  • boxes (flattened)
  • cardboard
  • cards and postcards
  • cartons
  • cereal boxes
  • deli/butchers paper
  • egg cartons
  • envelopes
  • glossy paper
  • juice cartons
  • junk mail
  • long life milk cartons (e.g. milk, stock cartons)
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • manilla folders
  • match boxes
  • office paper
  • paper
  • paper bags
  • paper plates
  • paper towel rolls
  • paper/cardboard tubes
  • phone books
  • pizza boxes (empty)
  • sticky notes
  • scrap paper
  • take-away containers
  • telephone books
  • toilet paper rolls
  • washing powder boxes
  • wrapping paper

Read more about which plastics can be recycled

  • berry punnets
  • biscuit trays
  • bottles
  • cake trays
  • cd and dvd cases (no discs)
  • cooking oil bottles
  • condiment bottles
  • conditioner bottles
  • cordial bottles
  • cleaning product bottles
  • detergent bottles
  • deodorant roll-ons
  • food trays
  • ice cream containers
  • juice bottles
  • laundry containers
  • margarine containers
  • medicine bottles
  • meat trays
  • milk bottles
  • plastic cutlery
  • plastic plates
  • plant pots (empty)
  • reusable water bottles
  • shampoo bottles
  • soap pump bottles
  • soft drink bottles
  • spray bottles
  • takeaway containers
  • tomato punnets
  • tupperware
  • plastic tubes
  • vegetable punnets
  • vitamin bottles
  • water bottles
  • yoghurt containers
  • aerosol cans
    • air freshener spray cans
    • cooking oil spray cans
    • deodorant spray cans
    • hair spray cans
    • inspect spray cans
    • spray paint cans (empty)
    • whipped cream cans
  • aluminum cans
    • beer cans
    • soft drink cans
  • aluminium trays (scraped clean)
  • aluminium foil, including Easter foil wrapping, with food residue removed (roll into a ball)
  • baby formula tins
  • food cans/tins
    • canned fruit
    • canned vegetables
    • canned soup
    • canned beans
    • canned lentils
    • tuna/fish cans
  • hot chocolate/drink tins
    • milo tins
    • coffee tins
    • baby formula tins
  • jar lids
  • oil tins (empty)
  • paint tins (empty)
  • pet food tins
  • beer bottles
  • condiment bottles and jars
  • cosmetic jars
  • glass bottles
  • glass jars
  • glass medicine bottles
  • soft drink bottles
  • jam jars
  • jars
  • medicine bottle
  • nut butter jar
  • oil bottles (empty)
  • pasta sauce jars
  • pickle jars
  • sauce jars
  • spirit bottles
  • vegemite jars
  • vinegar bottles
  • vitamin bottles
  • wine bottles 

We do not accept

  • Batteries
  • Recycling in plastic bags
  • Plastic bags
  • Soft plastic packaging eg. bread bags, chip packets, pasta packets, frozen peas packets
  • Cling wrap
  • Window glass
  • Mirrors
  • Drinking glass
  • Light globes
  • Pyrex
  • Polystyrene
  • Rubber
  • Tissues
  • Nappies
  • Syringes and needles
  • Wood
  • Textiles
  • Appliances / electronic waste
  • Food scraps
  • Green waste
  • Medical, chemical or hazardous waste
  • Waxed or soiled cardboard.

Please wrap Pyrex, white glass, mirrors, drinking glasses, light globes and ceramics in newspaper for safety and put these in your garbage bin.

Read more about which plastics can't be recycled

Contact us on 1300 88 22 33 if you are unsure on what can be recycled in Maroondah.

Recycling guidelines

  • place items loosely in the bin, not in plastic bags
  • rinse bottles, jars and cans before placing in the recycling bin - be waterwise and use washing-up water.
  • save space by squashing plastic bottles and containers
  • tear and crush large cardboard pieces to save space and prevent them from becoming jammed in the bin
  • do not overfill your bin, as this can lead to spillage and litter problems.
  • keep your recycling bin under 40kg, or it may not be collected. How will you know? It will be very difficult to move. The heaviest materials are glass bottles, glass jars and telephone books.

Request an additional recycling bin

As a resident, you can also request a free second recycling bin.  Conditions apply so please contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 to check if you’re eligible. 

Dual occupancies, units and flats

Some multi-dwelling developments have a 'share' system for their recycling and garden organics bins due to storage and bin placement issues. This is determined on an individual basis by our Waste Management Unit.

What happens to the recyclable materials?

Once the truck is full it takes the recyclables to a Material Recovery Facility in Dandenong South where a combination of manual (hand) and automated (machine) sorting separates the different materials.

Once sorted:

  • glass is made into new glass bottles and road base
  • paper and cardboard is recycled back into newspapers, packaging, toilet paper, insulation and building products
  • milk and juice cartons are recycled into writing and photocopying paper
  • plastic containers are made into textiles, trays, garbage bins and plant pots
  • steel and aerosol cans are used to make new cans, train tracks and building materials
  • aluminium cans are turned into new aluminium cans. 

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19/05/2017
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