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Waste and Recycling

Waste and Recycling

Household Recycling Collection Service

The best way to preserve natural resources, reduce air pollution, save energy and cut greenhouse gases is to avoid creating waste. The choices we make not just in the home, but at the shops and in the office make a collective impact on the amount of waste we generate and the future of our planet.

Recycling is an excellent way to help reduce the:

  • volume of waste sent to landfill
  • amount of raw materials extracted from the environment, saving water, energy, and greenhouse gases
  • costs associated with waste disposal and the manufacture of new products

The City of Greater Dandenong provides a fortnightly household recycling collection service. This is available to all residential properties within the municipality. 

Know Your Recycling Campaign

Have you always wanted to know what you can and cant put into your recycling bin at home? Once it is sorted and your bin is put out for collection, what happens next?

Know Your Recycling campaign answers these questions and covers:

  • What can you place in your recycle bin
  • Top 5 things to keep out of your recycling bin
  • Check the item – not the triangle symbol
  • Why recycling matters
  • Get to know your recycling because what you do makes a difference

To find out more about your recycling, please visit Sustainability Victoria Know Your Recycling campaign at

About your recycling bin and collection

The bin with the yellow lid is for household recycling and is collected fortnightly, on the same day each fortnight.

The day your recycling is collected depends on where you live. To find out what day your garbage is collected:


Recycling bin full size

The standard bin is 240 litres (1100mm high x 600mm wide).

Residents can choose to purchase an additional 240 litres recycling bin or increase the size of your bin to 360 litres. If you choose the option of a 360 litre bin, an addiontial one-off cost will be incurred. For more information, pleas visit the waste service options and charges page.

What you can place in your recycling bin

Please note: All items for the recycling bins must be put in loose. Do not place recycling in plastic bags.

You can put foil, aluminium, steel and aerosol cans, milk and juice cartons, newspapers, magazines and all paper and cardboard items, empty glass and plastic bottles, containers and jars in your recycling bin. All items for this bin must be loose. Do not place recyling in plastic bags

What you can not place in your recycling bin

Image of items that can't go in the recycling bin

Putting out your bins

Recycling bins should be put out the night before collection day. They should be placed out on the nature strip:

  • parallel to the kerb with the lid opening onto the road
  • away from overhead trees
  • away from power poles or street signs
  • away from parked cars
  • spaced at least 300mm away from other bins
Garbage bin correct placement

Missed recycling collection

There are a number of reasons why your recycling bin may not have been emptied:

  1. Bin not placed out in time for collection
  2. Bin was placed out on the wrong night or wrong week
  3. Bin was contaminated
  4. Bin was too heavy or contained inappropriate materials
  5. Bin was not easily accessible
  6. Bin was not placed on street correctly

If a bin is not emptied because of points 3 to 6, a sticker will be placed on your bin so you know.

Are you a new resident?

If you are a property owner moving into the City of Greater Dandenong, please ensure you complete a Application for Household Bins form (PDF - 186KB).

Please note that only a property owner or agent can select bins for a residence. If you are a tenant, contact your landlord or real estate agent.

Recycling tips

  • Do not place recyclables in plastic bags. Use a tub or basket to transport recyclables from your kitchen to your recycling bin to ensure your recycling efforts are not wasted.
  • Plastic containers don’t need to have the recycling symbol on the bottom to be recycled eg. cherry tomato packages and black meat trays. Virtually any rigid plastic containers from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry can go into the recycling bin. Check out for more information.
  • You don’t have to wash out bottles or cans (eg. dog food cans), or remove labels.
  • You don’t need to remove the metal teeth from the cling wrap boxes or the plastic insert on tissue boxes.
  • Aluminium foil can be recycled as long as you remove any food from it and then squash into a ball.

Additional information on recycling

Waste fact sheets (PDF - 469KB)

Waste information sheet (PDF - 430KB)

What happens to my recycling?