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Recyclables collection


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

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. 

Check your next collection day  or view our 2018 waste calendar.

Recycling guidelines

We ask that you:

  • 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.
  • wrap Pyrex, white glass, mirrors, drinking glasses, light globes and ceramics in newspaper for safety and put these in your garbage bin as they cannot be recycled
  • 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.

We accept

  • glass bottles and jars
  • milk & juice cartons
  • aluminium and steel cans, aerosols and foil
  • newspapers, magazines, advertising material, telephone books, papers & crushed cardboard boxes, shredded paper (put shredded paper in to a box or paper bag before putting in to recycle bin) 
  • rigid plastic bottles and containers, including milk, juice, soft drink & detergent bottles, ice cream, margarine, yoghurt containers and small plastic plant pots. 

Please place items loose in the bin and not in plastic bags. Our recycling facility does not recycle plastic bags.

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


We do not accept

  • plastic bags or recyclables in bags
  • polystyrene foam
  • crockery or Pyrex
  • plate glass, light globes, drinking glasses or mirrors
  • food scraps
  • green waste
  • forms of household rubbish
  • soft plastics (ie cling wrap, plastic bags or chip packets)
  • medical, chemical or hazardous waste
  • waxed or soiled cardboard.

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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