What goes in each bin

From June, you may start to see a mix of bin colours on your street. Find out more about the bin lid change over.

Council’s waste service includes three bins, each used to collect a different type of waste.

Help us recycle and recover as much as possible by putting your items in the right bin.


Your kerbside garbage bin (dark green) is collected weekly.

Place your bin on the nature strip or footpath in front of your property the night before collection day.

What to put in your garbage bin

Only put things in your garbage bin that you can't reuse, recycle or compost.

What we collect What we do not collect
  • Batteries
  • Bricks, concrete or rubble
  • Electronic waste (e-waste)
  • Hot ash
  • Liquids
  • Oil or paint
  • Solvents
  • Syringes
  • Timber or other building material
  • Unwrapped vacuum dust

What happens to your garbage?

Once collected by Council's waste crew, garbage is trucked to our Waste Transfer Station or the South East Melbourne Transfer Station. Here, it is packed onto larger trucks and carted to the Melbourne Regional Landfill in Ravenhall for disposal.


Your kerbside recycling bin is collected fortnightly.

Place your bin on the nature strip or footpath in front of your property the night before collection day.

What to put in your recycling bin

Only include items you know can be recycled. Putting the wrong things in the recycling bin can cause a whole load to be sent to landfill.

What we collect What we do not collect
  • Aluminium cans, foil and trays
  • Biscuit trays, fruit punnets, plastic takeaway containers
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Egg cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars (broken is okay)
  • Hard plastic bottles and containers from your kitchen, pantry, bathroom and laundry
  • Paperboard (tissue boxes, food packaging)
  • Paper, junk mail, magazines, envelopes and paper bags
  • Pizza boxes (empty - a little bit of grease is okay)
  • Plastic garden pots and seedling punnets
  • Steel cans, aerosols (empty) and tins

Ensure all bottles and containers are empty and relatively clean. Leave lids on, these will get sorted at the recycling facility.

  • Anything in a plastic bag
  • Batteries
  • Clothing and textiles 
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Electronic waste (e-waste)
  • Foam trays or polystyrene
  • Food and green waste
  • Glass (window, drinking, plates or mugs)
  • Light globes
  • Medicine blister packs
  • Milk and juice cartons (from the refridgerated section only)
  • Nappies (including compostable)
  • Plastic plates, cups, cutlery and straws
  • Plastic toys
  • Shoes
  • Shredded paper
  • Receipts, baking paper, paper towels and tissues
  • Soft plastics (plastics that don't spring back into shape when squeezed)
  • Tetra Paks (long life milk and juice cartons)
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Waxed fruit boxes

Find out what you can recycle at our recycling stations.

What happens to your recycling?

Once collected by Cleanaway, all recycling is taken to VISY Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

  • Glass is separated from other materials at a VISY MRF and sent to a dedicated glass-sorting facility for sorting and processing into new bottles and jars. Any glass that is too small for machinery to detect is sent for further processing and used in products such as asphalt and road bases.
  • Paper and cardboard is processed by several VISY plants across Victoria and New South Wales, where it is used to make new packaging.
  • Plastics are sent to a VISY facility in New South Wales to make new food-grade packaging. Mixed plastics are sent to other local recyclers and processors.
  • Aluminium is sorted by VISY and processed by specialist smelters into new aluminium packaging.

Food and green waste

Your kerbside food and green waste (black with a lime green lid) bin is collected fortnightly. This is an opt-in service.

Place your bin on the nature strip or footpath in front of your property the night before collection day.

Kitchen caddies and compostable liners

To make separating and collecting food scraps easier for you at home, Council provides free kitchen caddies and certified compostable liners. Caddies and liners can be collected during business hours from our service centres in Malvern and Prahran. If you need assistance, please contact environment@stonnington.vic.gov.au.

You can put food scraps straight in your caddy if that works for you. If you prefer, using a liner can help to reduce odour and can make can your food scraps out on bin day more convenient. You can line your caddy with:

  • certified compostable lime green caddy liners (AS4736)
  • newspaper
  • paper towel or napkins.

If you purchase your own liners, ensure they are plastic free (usually made from corn starch), certified compostable (look for the code AS4736) and lime green. Choosing these colours helps our processor tell the difference between accepted liners and contamination (plastic bags!).

What goes in your food and green waste bin

What we collect What we do not collect

Green waste

  • Branches - small (up to 10 cm in diameter and 40 cm long)
  • Garden pruning and weeds
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves and bark

Food waste

  • Bread, cereal, rice, noodles and pasta
  • Cheese and dairy
  • Citrus, onion and garlic
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Loose tea leaves and coffee grounds
  • Meat, seafood and leftovers
  • Raw and cooked bones, egg shells


  • Certified lime green compostable liners (AS4736)
  • Small amounts of used paper, paper towels, napkins, newspaper, tissues, shredded paper and paper bags
  • Uncoated toothpicks, skewers and chopsticks
  • Wooden and bamboo cutlery
  • Human and animal hair
  • Animal droppings
  • Balls or toys
  • Bricks or rubble
  • Oyster shells
  • Food packaging (plastic, cardboard or compostable)
  • Hoses or garden pots
  • Household rubbish
  • Liquids - cooking oils, sauces
  • Nappies, including compostable
  • Plastic bags and wraps
  • Sand or dirt
  • Stickers and labels
  • Tea bags and coffee pods
  • Tree stumps and large branches
  • Treated and painted timber materials and building materials
  • Pet waste
  • Kitty litter

What happens to your food and green waste

You can put your food waste to work by placing it in your food and green waste bin. Stonnington’s food and garden waste is processed by Bio Gro at their commercial composting facilities. Your food and green waste are sorted, shredded and then mixed with organic waste from other councils and businesses. Then, it is processed into mulch and compost. The mulch and compost are put to work in Stonnington’s parks and gardens and on Victorian farms, vineyards, and orchards to grow food for our tables. You can buy this food from your local supermarket or grocer!

You can also grow your own fruit and vegetables at home by purchasing Bio Gro compost from your local garden centre or nursery. These products improve soil health, help soil ecosystems thrive and help your plants use water and soil nutrients better. They can also replace the use of harmful chemical fertilisers while keeping your plants healthy. It's the circular economy in action!

Bin collection times and rules

On the night before collection day, place your bin on the nature strip or footpath in front of your property.

Please ensure your bin is:

  • parallel to the kerb with the lid opening towards the road
  • away from trees, overhead power lines or street signs
  • away from parked vehicles
  • spaced at least 10 cm from other bins.

Bins can be put out at 3 pm the day before collection and must be removed before midnight on collection day.

The weight of a bin must not exceed 60 kilograms.

Find your bin collection day

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