COVID-19 update:

To find out how the latest Victorian Government Circuit Breaker lockdown restrictions have impacted our services, visit our COVID-19 Council services update webpage.


What goes in my bins?

Do you know if you're using your Glen Eira bins properly? Your first options should be to avoid, reduce and reuse, but if you have to throw something away, here's a guide to help you.

How is COVID-19 impacting waste services?

Waste collection services will continue to operate during the COVID-19 restrictions according to your collection schedule.

However, these may occur earlier than usual on your collection day. This is to minimise the risks of community transmission of COVID-19 amongst frontline waste collection staff.

For further information on noise generated by kerbside waste collection, visit the EPA Victoria website.

Advice for householders regarding COVID-19

Below are some guidelines you can include in your daily routine in regards to COVID-19.

  • When you take your bin to the kerb, make sure you wash your hands before and after you bring it back in.
  • If you take a bin out on behalf of others, make sure you wear gloves and dispose of them appropriately.

For those with Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Put all of your usual items in your bin which goes out for kerbside collection. Wash your hands afterwards.

Please put the following disposable items into a sealed plastic or paper bag and into your bin:

  • tissues
  • cleaning cloths
  • masks

Put the bag in general waste (not recycle or green waste) for kerbside collection.

Put paper, cardboard and other recyclables that have mixed with the above disposable items into general waste as well.

Wash your hands straight after handling disposable items or items that have become mixed with them.

To help waste collectors:

  • Compact rubbish — if possible — before putting it in your kerbside general waste bin.
  • Don’t compact waste that is already in the bin. It may become stuck and not empty properly.
  • Don’t overfill waste or recycling kerbside bins or put them where they may easily tip over or spill.
  • Ensure you leave your bin in an unobstructed location.

Recycling bin (yellow lid)

  • Please make sure you empty recyclable containers.
  • You don’t need to wash or rinse your recycling bin.
  • Do not fill bags with recyclable materials.
Yes No
Office paper and cardboard (not shredded paper) Aerosol cans
Newspapers and magazines Plastic bags
Clean pizza boxes Soft plastics (anything that is plastic and can be scrunched into a ball e.g. bread bags, cling film, pasta bags)
Fresh milk or juice cartons (not Tetra Pak) Polystyrene
Empty plastic takeaway food containers Ceramics
Plastic bottles (bottle only, lids go in the red bin) Batteries
Detergent bottles (bottle only, lids go in the red bin) Plastic cutlery
Empty plastic tubs (e.g. yoghurt tubs, ice cream containers) Garden waste
Plastic meat trays Food waste
Plastic plant pots (less than 10cm in diameter) Clothes or fabric
Plastic fruit punnets and biscuit trays Chemicals
Aluminium trays and foil (clean and scrunched) Hazardous waste
Aluminium and steel cans Light globes
Glass jars and bottles (separate glass from metal lids and place both in the yellow bin) Electronics
Envelopes (including with plastic windows) Gas cylinders or canisters
  Shredded paper or shredded newspaper
  Tetra Pak (long life milk) cartons
What can go in your yellow bin

Green bin (green lid)

You can now put food scraps in your green bin. Visit our food scrap recycling service page for more information.

Yes No
Fruit and vegetable scraps Plastic bags (including biodegradable or compostable bags)
Weeds and flowers Packaging of any kind (including biodegradable or compostable)
Egg shells Cigarette butts
Dairy leftovers Nappies and baby wipes
Coffee grounds and loose leaf tea Tea bags or coffee pods
Bread, pasta, cereal and rice Coffee cups (including biodegradable or compostable)
Meat scraps and bones Kitty litter (including biodegradable)
Used paper towel, newspaper and white napkins Dishcloths
Grass and leaves Dog or cat droppings
Small branches and twigs Ash and tree stumps
Garden prunings Hair (including pet hair)
Tissues (provided you are not in self-isolation, have not been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case) Paper plates
Seafood including shells Plastic cutlery and plates (including biodegradable or compostable)
  Napkins or serviettes that have been printed on or heavily dyed (e.g. black napkins)
  Wooden icy pole sticks
What can go in your green bin

Household garbage bin (red lid)

This is the bin for plastic bags.

Yes No
Household rubbish Recycling
Ceramics, crockery and glassware Garden waste
Plastic bags Hazardous materials or liquids
Plastic wrap and cling wrap Soil or ash
Polystyrene Building materials
Nappies (wrapped) Medical waste
Used paper towel and tissues (if you are in self-isolation, unwell, or have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19)  
What can go in your red bin


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