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Fortnightly recycling collection

Yarra Ranges Council uses Visy for its recycling processing, and is confident that recyclables collected in the area will continue to be processed, despite recent pressures on the industry.

Recyclables collected in the area will not be diverted to landfill.

We urge residents to continue separating their waste and recycling and to check to see what can be placed in their recycling bin.

Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the current state of recycling

All households receive a fortnightly recycling collection, even on public holidays.


Check which fortnight your bin will be collected.

More information about waste and recycling can be found in the waste booklet. (PDF, 1012KB)

Lodge a waste request online

What can I put in my recycling bin?

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Steel cans including aerosol cans, aluminium cans, clean aluminium foil and pie trays
  • Glass bottles and jars (including lids)
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Books, envelopes, brochures, newspapers and magazines
  • Plastic bottles, containers, trays, plant pots with codes 1-7
  • Pots and pans
  • Plastic Toys

What can’t go in my recycling bin?

  • Food waste, meat, fish, poultry, scraps or bones
  • Plastic bags
  • Garbage
  • Plastic wrap, polystyrene and foam meat trays
  • Glassware, crockery, pyrex, light bulbs, window glass or mirrors
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Green waste
  • Nappies
  • Syringes
  • Gas cylinders
  • Videos or DVDs 

Recycling of Soft Plastics (not available through council services)

Due to the sorting process and the need to reduce contamination in our recyclables, it is not currently possible for soft plastics to be included in the recycling bin collection.

They can cause issues in the sorting process and will be sent to landfill once removed.

Kerbside recycling bins are audited regularly across the municipality as part of our ongoing education campaign.

If items such as soft plastics and other non-recyclable items are identified, a reminder notice, about what items are acceptable to put out for collection will be left in the letterbox for education purposes. But soft plastics should never be put in the recycling bin.

We will continue to work with our recycling contractor, Visy, and the recycling industry to improve technologies used in sorting facilities, so we can accommodate this in the future.

We encourage all residents to collect their soft plastics and drop them at their local supermarket if they have a collection bin. This allows organisations to recycle the soft plastics and keep them away from landfill. 

While you can't put soft plastics into your recycling bin, you can take soft (scrunch-able) plastic bags and plastic packaging to participating supermarkets.

To search for participating supermarkets, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What happens to recyclables collected in Yarra Ranges?

    What happens to recyclables collected in Yarra Ranges?

    Yarra Ranges Council uses Visy for its recycling processing, and is confident that recyclables collected in the area will continue to be processed, despite recent pressures on the industry.

    Recyclables collected in the area will not be diverted to landfill.

    We urge residents to continue separating their waste and recycling and to check to see what can be placed in their recycling bin.

    For more information about how Visy sorts and processes recyclables, visit their website

     

  • How is Council advocating for improvements to the recycling industry?

    How is Council advocating for improvements to the recycling industry?

    We’re working with our recycling contractors, our Regional Waste Management Group, which represents 32 Councils, and the Municipal Association of Victoria.

    The work being done with our waste management group includes advocacy to the State and Federal Governments.

  • Why is my recycling collection unaffected by recent closures to recycling plants?

    Why is my recycling collection unaffected by recent closures to recycling plants?

    Visy, our recycling provider, is one of the largest recycling companies in Australia, and have their own markets for some recycled material. However, like other providers, they still rely on overseas markets for some recyclable material.

    Read more on Visy's website

  • How does Yarra Ranges Council use recycled materials?

    How does Yarra Ranges Council use recycled materials?

    When planning projects – such as roads, footpaths, boardwalks and buildings – an important consideration for Council is the environmental impact of materials used.

    Materials such as wood, metals and recycled options including plastics, are considered for each project with this in mind.

    Bollards around the municipality are made from recycled plastics – including soft plastics dropped off at supermarkets.

    Recycled plastic is also used for decking material around Council’s Lilydale offices, for boardwalk areas around Lillydale Lake and some public seating in Yarra Glen.

    In road upgrades, asphalt removed is often re-used as a base for other roads and paths.

    Council’s standard practice is using at least 20 per cent recycled asphalt in road construction, with 30 per cent minimum in road patching.

    Council undertook a trial in Kilsyth two years ago, where four roads were made with 70 per cent recycled asphalt.

    Council will be monitoring their condition in coming years to produce a long-term report on the performance of these roads.

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