Recycling information

Moonee Valley residents make a great effort to recycle, and we need everyone to make sure that the right materials go into the right bin!

Items you can recycle in your yellow-lidded bin

  • Paper – including books, magazines, envelopes and paper towels
  • Cardboard – including pizza boxes
  • Cans  – including aerosols
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • All hard plastic bottles and containers (Don’t worry about the plastic recycling symbol, our Material Recovery Facility accepts all hard plastics whether they have a code or not)
  • Pots and pans
  • Broken hard plastic toys  
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Foil and foil trays

When filling up your yellow bin, put all correct items loose into the bins, not in plastic bags. Plastic bags can be recycled at participating supermarkets or put into your landfill (red-lid) bin only.

Items you can't recycle in your yellow-lidded bin

Plastic bags are the biggest problem in recycling bins. When items are placed in plastic bags, they can’t be sorted in our facilities and may end up in landfill. Don’t let your hard work go to waste!

Items to keep out of your recycling bin include:

  • Plastic bags – these and many other soft plastics can be recycled at Coles and Woolworths, for a full list of recyclable soft plastics have a look on the Redcycle website
  • Food waste
  • Nappies
  • Household chemicals
  • Electronics
  • Batteries
  • Light globes and fluorescent tubes
  • Mirrors and window glass 
  • Crockery, drinking glasses, ceramics and ovenware
  • Household goods
  • Furniture
  • Clothing and shoes 
  • Scrap metal like car parts

Many of these items can be recycled through your Re-new collection or can be taken to the Transfer Station.

An app to help you recycle

We are proud to support an exciting waste and recycling mobile application, SustainMe. The SustainMe app provides users with accessible, location specific information on your waste and recycling collections including bin night reminders, collections calendar and a comprehensive list of what can and cannot be recycled.

This free app is available for both Apple and Android platforms.

Do you find your recycle bin is filling up too fast?

You can upsize it to a 360L for a one off-fee of $82. To upsize fill out a 360L recycling bin upgrade form (pdf, 264KB).

Recycling top tips

When recycling:

  • check for recycling in every room: bathroom, laundry, kitchen, lounge and study
  • make sure items are empty: remove leftover solid food scraps
  • keep recycling out of plastic bags: if you put your recycling in plastic bags it can end up in landfill because it can’t be sorted and recycled
  • make recycling easy: placing separate rubbish and recycling bins in each room of your house makes recycling easy. If you don't have room for two bins, try a small container under the bench or in a cupboard to collect recycling

Read and recycle at the library

There are loads of household items that can be recycled, but not all of them can go in your regular kerbside recycling bin as they contain hazardous materials or are considered e-waste.

We have set up Speciality Recycling Stations in Avondale Heights and Niddrie libraries on a trial basis so you can stop in and drop these items off for recycling.

The stations are set up in Avondale Heights and Niddrie Libraries and you can recycle:

  • household batteries
  • mobile phones and chargers
  • CD/DVDs
  • VHS/cassette tapes
  • small household printer cartridges
  • fluorescent tubes and globes

If the trial is successful, the stations will be placed in additional locations.

Across Victoria, Clean Up Australia Day and Environment Victoria estimate that:

  • 97 per cent of household batteries are landfilled instead of recycled each year
  • 98 per cent of fluorescent lights (1,100 kg of mercury) are crushed in landfill each year
  • only 9 per cent of mobile phones are currently being recycled

Transfer Station

If you can’t make it to the library, the Transfer Station is open seven days a week and you can recycle a number of household items there for free. At the Transfer Station, you can also recycle hard rubbish, green waste, furniture and more for a fee.

Call 9243 8888 for more information.

More information

Visit Get it right on bin night for more information and tips on recycling.

Want to know more about recycling and reuse in your area? Check out Planet Ark's Recycling Near You.

If you have any questions about your recycling service, please call Citizens Services on 9243 8888.

Last updated: Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 11:37 PM