What to do with your waste and recycling

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Item Ways to dispose
Aerosol cans (empty)

Recycling bin

Aerosol cans (full)

Detox Your Home

Aluminium foil (scrunched)

Recycling bin

Animal waste (bagged - including pet and dog poo)

Garbage bin

Pet poo home composter

Appliances

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Asbestos

Find out how to dispose of asbestos

Ash from wood (cold only)

Garbage bin

Baby or wet wipes

Garbage bin

Bakeware, Pyrex and glass food containers (broken, wrapped)

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Bakeware, Pyrex and glass food containers (intact)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Baking paper

Garbage bin

Band aids

Garbage bin

Baskets (natural)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Baskets (plastic)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Batteries (car)

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Batteries (household)

B-cycle drop-off points

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

BBQs (mostly metal)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Beds and bed bases

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Bicycles

Donate via Brainwave Bikes or rehome

Hard waste collection

Bike tyre tubes

Recycle via Recycle Bike Tyres Partners

Garbage bin

Binders or folders

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Biodegradable packaging (containers, cups, plates, bowls)

Compost at home (if compostable)

Garbage bin

Blankets

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Blankets (electric)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Bleach (in containers)

Detox Your Home

Bones (raw and cooked - including chicken, poultry, seafood and fish)

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Books (paper)

Donate or rehome

Recycling bin (covers removed)

Bottle lids or tops (plastic or metal)

Recycling bin (left on bottles)

Garbage bin (by themselves)

Bottles (plastic or glass - including wine, beer, soft drink, milk)

Recycling bin

Boxes (cardboard, flattened - including tissue and cereal boxes)

Donate or rehome

Recycling bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Bread bags (plastic only)

Garbage bin

Bread tags (cardboard, in a used paper envelope only)

Recycling bin

Bread tags (plastic)

Recycle via OZ Bread tags for Wheelchairs

Garbage bin

Bread, cakes and pastries

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Brochures (paper)

Recycling bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Bubble wrap

Garbage bin

Building materials (such as bricks, rubble, concrete, treated timber)

Hard waste collection

Skip bin hire or private service

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Cameras

Hard waste collection

Recycle via Ted's Cameras

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Cans (metal - including beer cans)

Recycling bin

Car parts

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Car wax

Detox Your Home

Cardboard (unwaxed)

Recycling bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Cardboard (waxed)

Garbage bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Carpet and underlay

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Cartons (long-life or Tetra Pak - such as milk)

Garbage bin

Cartons (refrigerated - such as juice)

Recycling bin

Cartridges (printer ink and toner)

Officeworks

CD players

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

CDs and cases

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Cellophane

Garbage bin

Ceramics (broken, wrapped)

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Ceramics (intact)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Cereal and grains

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Cereal box inserts (soft plastic)

Garbage bin

Chemicals (household)

Detox Your Home

Chip packets (foil-look soft plastic)

Garbage bin

Chocolate wrappers (foil-look soft plastic)

Garbage bin

Christmas trees (natural)

Hard waste collection (no more than 1.5 m, bundled)

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Christmas trees (plastic)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Cigarette butts (cold)

Garbage bin

Cigarette lighters (empty)

Garbage bin

Cigarette lighters (full)

Detox Your Home

Cleaning rags

Garbage bin

Cling wrap, plastic wrap or cling film (soft plastic, clean and dry)

Garbage bin

Clothing and textiles

Donate or rehome (if in good condition)

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Recycle via a textiles recycler such as Upparel

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Coat hangers (metal)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Coat hangers (plastic)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Coffee cups (disposable, biodegradable or compostable)

Garbage bin

Coffee filter papers

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Coffee grounds and beans

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Coffee lids (recyclable)

Recycling bin

Coffee pods or capsules (disposable)

Recycle via coffee pod supplier

Garbage bin

Compostable packaging (such as containers, cups, plates and bowls)

Compost at home

Garbage bin

Computers (including parts and accessories)

Donate or rehome (if in working condition)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Coolant

Detox Your Home

Corks (natural)

Compost at home

Garbage bin

Corks (synthetic)

Garbage bin

Cotton wool and buds

Garbage bin

Crockery (broken, wrapped - such as plates, bowls, platters )

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Crockery (intact - such as plates, bowls, platters)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Curtain rods (metal)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Curtains

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Recycle via a textiles recycler such as Upparel

Cutlery (compostable)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin (if wooden)

Garbage bin

Cutlery (disposable other)

Garbage bin

Cutlery (metal)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Dairy products (such as yoghurt and cheese)

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Detergent (in containers)

Detox Your Home

Detergent bottles (plastic, empty)

Recycling bin

Dip containers (plastic, empty)

Recycling bin

Disinfectant (in containers)

Detox Your Home

Doors (metal)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Doors (wood)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Downlights (halogen)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Drain cleaner

Detox Your Home

Drinking glasses, wine glasses, crystal glassware (broken, wrapped)

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Drinking glasses, wine glasses, crystal glassware (intact)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Drums or barrels (metal, empty)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Dryer lint

Garbage bin

Dryers (clothes)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

DVD players

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

DVDs and cases

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Earphones (wired or wireless)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Egg cartons (cardboard)

Donate or rehome

Recycling bin

Eggs and eggshells

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Electrical chargers, cords, boards and cables

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Electrical waste (e-waste, large - TVs, heaters, radios, appliances)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Electrical waste (e-waste, small - USBs, mobile phones, appliances)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Face masks (disposable)

Garbage bin

Face masks (reusable)

Garbage bin

Fats (absorbed in paper towel or newspaper)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Fats (in containers)

Detox Your Home

Fertilisers (in containers)

Detox Your Home

Fire extinguishers

Detox Your Home

Floppy disks

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Flowers

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Fluorescent tubes and globes

Stonnington Recycling Stations (Toorak/South Yarra Library only)

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Flyscreens (metal)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Foam underlay

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Food scraps (fruit, leftovers, rice, pasta, pits, seeds, vegetables)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Fridges and freezers

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Fruit or berry punnets (plastic)

Recycling bin

Fruit or produce bags (netted)

Garbage bin

Fruit or produce bags (reusable fabric)

Donate or rehome (if in good condition)

Garbage bin

Fruit or produce bags (soft plastic, remove metal)

Garbage bin

Fuel (petrol, diesel or kerosene)

Detox Your Home

Furniture

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Garden waste (leaves, grass/lawn, plant prunings, weeds, sticks)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Gas bottles and canisters (empty)

Find a gas bottle recycle location

Gas bottles and canisters (full)

Detox Your Home

Glass (broken, bottles and jars)

Recycling bin

Glass (not bottles or jars, broken, wrapped - mirror, window, vases)

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Glass (not bottles or jars, intact - mirror, window, vases)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Glass bottles (empty)

Recycling bin

Glass jars (empty)

Recycling bin

Glasses (reading or eye)

Donate via Specsavers

Garbage bin

Gloves (disposable)

Garbage bin

Gloves (fabric)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Glues

Detox Your Home

GPS systems

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Greeting cards (paper only)

Recycling bin

Hair

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Hay and straw

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Headphones (wired or wireless)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Hearing aids

Donate to Recycled Sound

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Herbicides and weed killers (in containers)

Detox Your Home

Hi-Fi sound systems

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Home security systems

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Hoses

Garbage bin

Hot water units

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Hygiene and sanitary products (such as pads, tampons and liners)

Garbage bin

Ice cream and icy pole sticks (wood)

Garbage bin

Ice cream containers and lids (cardboard with plastic lining)

Garbage bin

Ice cream containers and lids (plastic, empty)

Recycling bin

Insect spray and pesticides (in containers)

Detox Your Home

Inverters (power)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Irons (for clothing)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Junk mail

Recycling bin

Kitty litter

Compost at home

Garbage bin

Lamps

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Laptops

Donate or rehome (if in working condition)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Leaf blowers

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Light bulbs

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Recycling Stations (Toorak/South Yarra Library only)

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Lollies and candy

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Lolly and candy wrappers

Garbage bin

Lunch boxes (plastic)

Donate or rehome

Recycling bin

Magazines

Recycle bin

Make-up pads

Garbage bin

Make-up, cosmetic, beauty products or containers (empty)

Garbage bin

TerraCycle via David Jones, MECCA or Priceline

Make-up, cosmetic, beauty products or containers (full)

Detox Your Home

Massagers and massage chairs

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Mattresses

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Recycle via Bed Collect, Soft Landing or others

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Meat and meat scraps (including chicken)

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Meat trays (foam)

Garbage bin

Meat trays (plastic, empty)

Recycling bin

Medical and clinical waste

Private service

Medicine and pharmaceuticals (unwanted or expired)

Detox Your Home

Return unwanted medicines

Medicine bottles (plastic or glass, empty)

Recycling bin

Metal (including scrap)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Mobile phone chargers

Hard waste collection

Recycle via MobileMuster

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Mobile phones

Hard waste collection

Recycle via MobileMuster

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Musical instruments (electric or battery-operated)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Musical instruments (other)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Nail polish and remover

Detox Your Home

Napkins or serviettes (paper)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Nappies (cloth - clean)

Donate or rehome (if in good condition)

Garbage bin

Nappies (disposable - empty, bagged)

Garbage bin

Newspaper (clean, dry)

Recycling bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Newspaper (soiled or wet)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Nuts, shells and seeds

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Oil (cooking, absorbed in paper towel or newspaper)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Oil (cooking, in containers)

Detox Your Home

Oil (motor, in container, maximum 20L)

Detox Your Home

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Oil container (motor, empty)

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Ovens

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Paint (in containers)

Recycle with Paintback partners

Paint containers (empty)

Hard waste collection

Recycle with Paintback partners

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Paint stripper

Detox Your Home

Pallets (wood)

Donate or rehome

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Paper (glossy, office, printing)

Recycling bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Paper (laminated, receipt)

Garbage bin

Paper (shredded)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Recycling bin (in box)

Paper (waxed)

Garbage bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Paper bags

Recycling bin

Paper towel

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Paper towel roll insert

Recycling bin

Pencils and pencil shavings

Garbage bin

Pens and markers

Officeworks

Perfume bottles (glass or plastic)

Garbage bin

Perspex

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Pet food

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Pet food tins (empty)

Recycling bin

Phone books

Recycling bin

Cancel book delivery

Photocopiers

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Photograph negatives

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Photograph slides

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Photographs

Garbage bin

Picture frames

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Pillows

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Pizza boxes (empty)

Recycling bin

Placemats

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Plant pots (ceramic, clay or terracotta)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Plant pots and seedling punnets (plastic, empty)

Recycling bin

Plasterboard

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Plastic bags

Garbage bin

Plastic containers (household- such as Tupperware)

Recycling bin

Plastic strapping

Garbage bin

Plastic trays (such as biscuit)

Recycling bin

Plastic tubs (empty - such as butter, margarine, yoghurt)

Recycling bin

Plastic wrappers (soft plastic)

Garbage bin

Plastics (other)

Garbage bin

Plastics (soft - including reusable bags)

Garbage bin

Polystyrene or styrofoam

Garbage bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station (goes to landfill)

Pool chemicals and salts (in containers)

Detox Your Home

Postage bags and satchels (compostable)

Compost at home

Garbage bin

Postage bags and satchels (paper)

Recycling bin

Postage bags and satchels (soft plastic)

Garbage bin

Pots and pans (metal - including frying pans)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Pump lids

Recycling bin (left on bottles)

Garbage bin (by themselves)

Rapid Antigen Tests (bagged)

Garbage bin

Rat and mouse poison (in containers)

Detox Your Home

Record players

Donate or rehome 

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Records (vinyl)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Remotes

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Rubber bands

Garbage bin

School bags

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Seafood (cooked bones and hard shell such as oyster shells)

Garbage bin

Seafood (including fish, prawns and raw bones)

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Shelves (metal)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Shelves (plastic)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Shoes

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Recycle via a textiles recycler such as Upparel

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Smoke alarms

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Soil, dirt and stones

Hard waste collection

Skip bin hire or private service

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Solar panels

Recycle via Ecoactiv or Reclaim PV Recycling

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Solvents

Detox Your Home

Sporting goods

Donate to Boots for All or rehome

Garbage bin

Spray or trigger lids

Recycling bin (left on bottles)

Garbage bin (by themselves)

Staples

Garbage bin

Steel (not tins and cans)

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Steel (tins and cans)

Recycling bin

Stoves

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Straws (paper)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Straws (plastic)

Garbage bin

Straws (reusable metal)

Garbage bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

String and twine (natural)

Garbage bin

String and twine (plastic)

Garbage bin

Syringes

Syringe disposal containers

Tablets (such as Galaxy Tab and iPad)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Takeaway containers (cardboard with plastic lining)

Garbage bin

Takeaway containers (cardboard, empty)

Recycling bin

Takeaway containers (compostable)

Garbage bin

Takeaway containers (plastic, empty)

Recycling bin

Tea (loose leaf)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Tea bags (natural or paper, staples removed)

Compost at home

Garbage bin

Televisions

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Thermostats

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Tiles

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Timber (such as treated wood, fences)

Skip bin hire or private service

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Tissues

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Toilet paper roll insert

Recycling bin

Tools (electric or battery-operated)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Tools (metal)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes

Garbage bin

TerraCycle via David Jones, MECCA or Priceline

Towels

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Recycle via a textiles recycler such as Upparel

Toys (electric or battery-operated)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Toys (plastic and wood)

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Tree branches, stumps and roots (larger than 40cm wide, bundled)

Hard waste collection

Skip bin hire or private service

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Tree branches, stumps and roots (smaller than 10cm wide, bundled)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Tree branches, stumps and roots (smaller than 40cm wide, bundled)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Tyres (bicycle)

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Recycle via Recycle Bike Tyres Partners

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Tyres (car and motorbike)

Recycle via Tyre Stewardship Australia partners

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Tyres (truck)

Recycle via Tyre Stewardship Australia partners

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Vacuum cleaner dust (bagged)

Garbage bin

Vacuum cleaners

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

VHS tapes and cases

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Video (VCR) players

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Video game consoles

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Vinyl floor coverings

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Washing machines

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Watches

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Wax (such as cheese, wine bottles, hair removal, furniture)

Garbage bin

Whipper snippers

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

White goods

Donate or rehome

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Wire

Garbage bin

Hard waste collection

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Wood

Hard waste collection

Skip bin hire or private service

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Wooden items (uncoated - such as toothpicks, skewers, chopsticks)

Compost at home

Food and green waste bin

Garbage bin

Wool

Donate or rehome

Garbage bin

Wrapping paper (paper-based)

Recycling bin

Wrapping paper (plastic coated or shiny)

Garbage bin

X-rays

Stonnington Recycling Stations

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station

Zips

Garbage bin