Due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions,

 we are excited to announce the reopening of some of our key services and community facilities. Find out more in our COVID-19 services update.

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.

Advice for householders regarding COVID-19

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

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

To help waste collectors: 

  • Ensure you leave your bin in an unobstructed location.
  • 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.

Advice for those who have COVID-19

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 also put the following disposable items into a sealed plastic or paper bag: 

  • tissues 
  • cleaning cloths 
  • masks 

Put these bags 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.   

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



Office paper and cardboard

Plastic bags

Newspapers and magazines

Plastic film

Envelopes (including with plastic windows)


Clean paper towel




Pizza boxes and take away containers

Soft plastic

Plastic cutlery

Garden waste

Aluminium trays and foil (scrunched)

Food waste

Aluminium and steel cans


Metal pots, pans and cutlery


Glass jars and bottles (lids off)

Hazardous waste

Plastic bottles and containers (lids off)

Light globes

Plant pots (less than 10cm in diameter)


Meat trays and containers

Gas cylinders

Other hard plastic items (remove batteries)



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



Fruit and vegetable scraps

Plastic bags

Weeds and flowers

Packaging of any kind

Egg shells

Cigarette butts

Dairy leftovers

Nappies and baby wipes

Coffee grounds and loose leaf tea

Coffee pods and tea bags

Bread, pasta, cereal and rice

Coffee cups (including compostable)

Meat scraps and bones

Kitty litter (including biodegradable)

Grass and leaves

Dog or cat droppings

Small branches

Ash and tree stumps

Garden prunings

Vacuum dust

Used paper towel and tissues (provided you are not in self-isolation, have not been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case)

Hair (including pet hair)




Paper plates


Biodegradable bags, cutlery and plates


Wooden icy pole sticks


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 green bin

Household garbage bin (red lid)

This is the bin for plastic bags



Household rubbish


Ceramics, crockery and glassware

Garden waste

Plastic bags

Hazardous materials or liquids

Plastic wrap

Soil or ash

Cling wrap

Building materials


Medical waste

Nappies (wrapped)


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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