Recycling Bin

Recycling kid

We know that recycling can sometimes be confusing.

Recently there has been some changes in the industry that have caused concern for the community. However, this is all to make sure that what households put in their recycling bin is actually recyclable. At the moment fifteen per cent of what is sent for recycling at our contractors East Bendigo recycling sorting facility is contamination.

New Federal and State Government legislation will change the way that we recycle materials put in the recycling bin in the future. This means that we need to make sure that what we put in our home recycling bin can actually be recycled in Australia into products that are needed and in demand.

To do this we have to change some of the things that we put in the recycling bin. Unfortunately there are now some items that can no longer go into the recycling bin. These include:

  • Plastic meat trays
  • Plastic berry punnets
  • Plastic biscuit trays
  • Tetra Pak juice and milk containers (products that you don’t purchase refrigerated)

These types of plastics are low quality plastics that are hard to recycle into new plastics. The best thing that you can do is to try avoid buying these kinds of materials at all or switch to products that are packaged in materials that can be recycled.


Help us to reduce waste going into our landfill by sorting waste into the right bins. Your household recycling bin has a yellow or blue lid that is collected fortnightly  and on all public holidays except for Good Friday and Christmas Day.

How do I know when my bins are collected?

Check online: Open the following link and search for your address - Waste Collection Services. Your collection details will be shown in the information panel, including which collection calendar you are on (A or B).

Download a calendar: Download a  collection calendar for your area, which will show organics and recycling alternating collections. If you don't know which collection calendar you are on (A or B), you can check online as above.

Putting out your bin

To ensure your bin is emptied on collection day:

  • Place bins out by 6am in the morning
  • Place the bin near the kerb with the handle facing your house
  • Keep at least 50cm of space around bins
  • Close the lid - as our trucks are side loading, this prevents contents falling out
  • Ensure the weight of your bin is not exceeding of 60 kilos

In residential areas your bin should not be on the kerb, except for the 24 hours either side of your collection day.

Mobile bins are our property. Please do not take bins with you if you move.

Increasing the size of your recycling bin

If you run out of space in your recycling bin each fortnight you could request a larger 360Lt bin.

What to put in your recycling bin

YES you can recycle the following: 

  • Plastic bottles and lids
  • Plastic jars, bottles and tubs (margarine, peanut butter, sauce bottles etc)
  • Plastic shampoo and condition bottles and other cosmetic bottles and tubs (moisturiser, hair product etc)
  • Plastic cleaning product bottles including lids (including spray bottles)
  • Plastic milk bottles
  • Glass jars including lids
  • Glass bottles including lids
  • Egg cartons
  • Ice cream cartons (Ben and Jerry’s, Connoisseur etc)
  • Paper, cardboard and cardboard boxes of all kinds
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Newspaper
  • Phone books
  • Toilet rolls, paper towel rolls
  • Aluminium cans
  • Aluminium foil (clean and balled up to the size of your fist)
  • Aluminium baking trays (all sizes and clean)
  • Tin cans
  • Aerosol cans

Please note: if items are smaller than a 50 cent coin, they can not be recycled due to their size.

NO you can't recycle the following: 

  • Household waste
  • Plastic takeaway containers and lids
  • Plastic cups 
  • Plastic bags
  • Nappies
  • Syringes
  • Broken household crockery and glassware
  • Food and garden waste
  • Textiles and clothing
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Plastic meat and biscuit trays or the wrapping around the product
  • Plastic berry and tomato punnets
  • Milk, juice and long life product cartons

Stick it on the fridge – download our handy guide to recycling.

Public place recycling

We have placed recycling bins throughout the Bendigo region – in parks, gardens, sporting grounds and public places. These bins will take everything that you recycle at home! Please see the above list for what can be recycled.

Contact us

For more information about our waste collection services please contact us on 03 5434 6000.

A-Z guide for waste

Download an A-Z guide for waste disposal.

Download a guide to the three bin organics, recycling and waste system, including what can and can’t go in each bin.

We welcome your feedback.

Did you know you can log requests online?

This includes several bin requests such as missed bins, footpath maintenance, tree inspections and general requests. Visit our make a request page.

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