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Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling

What Happens to my Recycling?

Your bin with the yellow lid (recycling items) is picked up by the recycling collection contractors, who transport the materials to the Polytrade Recycling Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), in Dandenong South.

Materials are first sorted by hand to remove the non-recyclables (these are called contamination) which are sent to landfill. This is one reason why it’s important not to place broken glass, syringes or other contaminants into the recycling bin.

The facility then mechanically sorts and separates the recyclables into different streams of paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, steel and plastic containers. The separated materials are then compacted into blocks,and taken by trucks to reprocessing facilities, and used in making new products.


The City of Greater Dandenong is a member of ECO-Buy™, Victoria's local government green purchasing program. The program works with Victorian Councils to increase their purchasing of recycled, greenhouse friendly and environmentally preferred products.

By being a member of ECO-Buy™, Council recognises that materials collected from kerbside are not truly recycled until they are manufactured into new products and sold ('closing the loop'). Local government is in a prime position to close the loop by preferring to buy recycled products that can be used in offices, road construction, parks and gardens, and waste management services.