What goes in each bin

There are three bins available, each used to collect a different type of waste.

Help us recycle and reuse as much waste 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 Stonninton'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 (blue lid) 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. Non-recyclables can spoil your load and send it 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 ok) 
  • Hard plastic bottles and containers from your kitchen, pantry, bathroom and laundry
  • Milk and juice cartons (from the refrigerated section only) 
  • Paperboard (tissue boxes, food packaging)
  • Paper, junk mail, magazines, envelopes and paper bags 
  • Pizza boxes (empty - a bit of grease is ok)
  • 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
  • Nappies (including compostable)
  • Plastic plates, cups, cutlery and straws 
  • Plastic toys
  • Shoes 
  • Shredded paper and 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 the VISY Material Recovery Facility in Springvale.

  • Glass is sent to a VISY facility in Laverton for sorting and processing into new bottles and jars.
  • 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 processors. 
  • Steel, aluminium and plastics are sent on to local processors.

Food and green waste

Your kerbside food and green waste (burgundy) 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 help you collect kitchen scraps for your food and green waste bin, we're providing free kitchen caddies and compostable liners.

Caddies and liners can be collected during business hours from our service centres in Malvern and Prahran. If you need assistance please email the Environment team

If you purchase your own liners, ensure they are plastic free, certified compostable (both AS5810 and AS4736 codes) and either lime green or pale green in colour. This helps our processor identify accepted liners from contamination.

What goes in your food and green waste bin

 What we collect What we do not collect

Green waste

  • Branches - small (up to 10cm in diameter and 40cm 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
  • Uncooked bones, egg shells


  • Certified home compostable liners
  • Paper towels, napkins, newspaper, tissues
  • Animal droppings
  • Balls or toys
  • Bricks or rubble 
  • Cooked bones and oyster shells  
  • Food packaging (plastic, cardboard or compostable)
  • Hoses or garden pots
  • Household rubbish
  • Liquids - cooking oils, sauces (absorb these in a paper towel or newspaper first)
  • Nappies, including compostable 
  • Plastic bags and wraps 
  • Sand or dirt 
  • Stickers and labels
  • Tea bags and coffee pods
  • Tree stumps and large branches

What happens to your food and green waste

Food and green waste is taken to Cleanaway's South East Organics Facility in Dandenong South. There, it is decontaminated, sorted and shredded. The shredded organic material is sent to Gippsland Water's Soil and Organic Recycling Facility, where it is mixed with other organic waste and processed into compost to help local Victorian farmers improve the health of their soil.



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 powerlines or street signs
  • away from parked vehicles
  • spaced at least 30cm from other bins.

Bins can be put out at 3pm 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

Report a missed bin collection

Avoiding bin smell

Our top tips for avoiding smells in your food and green waste bin and caddy:

  • Keep your bin out of the sun.
  • Place smelly foods like meat and seafood in the freezer and place in the bin just before collection.
  • Wrap food waste with used paper towel or newspaper.
  • Wash your caddy regularly.
  • Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) in your bin to help absorb smells .
  • Layer food waste between your green waste such as lawn clippings and garden prunings.