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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.

Recycling bin (yellow lid)

Glen Eira’s recycling service is unaffected by reported issues with SKM recycling facilities. Recyclables from Council’s waste services are not going to landfill. Our recycling is sorted, processed, and recycled by a different facility, Polytrade.

We encourage you to keep recycling as normal. We have a great record when it comes to recycling and residents can have confidence that our recycling is being processed and recycled. Please continue to separate recyclables from non-recyclable materials and place them in the correct bin.
  • 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

Used paper towel and tissues

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

Weeds and flowers

Hair (including pet hair)




Paper plates


Biodegradable bags, cutlery and plates


Wooden icy pole sticks


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)


What can go in your red bin


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