What can I put in my recycling bin?

Note:  Please ensure you do not 'bag' your recyclables in plastic bags. 

You can recycle these items for free:

  • Plastic - rigid containers including milk cartons, cream bottles, soft drink bottles, detergent containers, clean chemical containers, biscuit trays, shampoo bottles, spray bottles and yoghurt containers.
  • Glass bottles, jars, sauce bottles and container Aluminium including cans, foil pie dishes etc.
  • Metal - All steel food cans eg. soup, pet food, baby food and any empty aerosol cans.
  • Paper - Paper items including cardboard, newspapers, magazines, telephone books, cards etc.
All of these items should be placed loose in your bin. Do not bundle papers or put recyclables in plastic bags.  Recyclables in plastic bags are sent to landfill.

What you cannot put in your recycling bin

  • Polystyrene and foam products
  • Syringes - Sharps containers can be collected from Council free of charge
  • Plastic bags, food wrappers and soft plastics such as plastic wrap. These can be recycled at
    Coles and Woolworths
  • Household waste
  • Broken glass or glass from windows, mirrors, pyrex and broken ceramics
  • Clothes, shoes or any other fabric materials
  • Children’s toys
  • Liquids including paint and oil
  • Timber or building materials
  • Sheet plastic
  • Nappies
  • Electronic equipment
  • Batteries - household batteries can be recycled at your local Aldi store.


It's one of the biggest problems associated with recycling. Any non-recyclables in your bin that are emptied into the truck can contaminate the entire truckload.

Free Recycling

You can deposit a number of recyclable products free of charge at any Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Centre in Bass Coast Shire. These are located in Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Grantville and Cowes.

Recyclables you can dispose of free of charge include:

  • Scrap metal- aluminium, steel, white goods, large and small appliances
  • Car bodies - must be free of tyres, oil, fuel and gas tanks (not accepted at Inverloch or Cowes)
  • Glass - bottles, jars, most other types of glass (no window or mirror glass)
  • Plastic - bottles and containers
  • Paper and cardboard - newspaper, milk cartons, office paper, cardboard (packaging and strapping must be removed)
  • Fluorescent light globes and tubes
  • Used motor oil - up to 20 litres
  • Batteries - household and vehicle batteries
  • Empty paint tins - scraped clean
  • Garden and garage equipment - metal tools, lawn mowers
  • Paint - Wonthaggi only.  Limit of 50 Litres
  • E-Waste

E-waste products accepted free of charge


  • All televisions, such as CRTs, Plasma, LCD and projection televisions

Computers and computer products

  • Personal computers
  • Laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets
  • Computer monitors
  • Parts for personal computers - for example internal hard drives, motherboards, cards, internal power supplies, CPUs, DVD and CD drives
  • Computer peripherals - for example mice, keyboards, joysticks, game pads, scanners and web cameras
  • Printers - For example ink-jet, dot matrix, laser printers and multi-functional devices.

Mobile phones

  • Mobile phones are accepted free of charge - Look for the 'mobilemuster' deposit box located at each of the transfer stations and the landfill

E-waste products accepted at $5.00 per item

  • Game consoles (such as Microsoft XBoxes or Sony Playstations)
  • Video recorders
  • DVD players
  • Radios/stereos
  • Universal power supplies

For more information regarding the disposal of E-waste please contact the Waste Management Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

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