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What can go in your bins

From 1 July 2022, were switching how often we empty your bins. Dark green lidded general waste bins will emptied fortnightly and light green lidded food and green waste bins will be emptied weekly.

More info on the changes

Getting the right items in the right bin will ensure as much of it is recycled and composted as possible.

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Fortnightly food and green waste with light green-lidded bin

Fortnightly food and green waste service

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What goes in your food and green waste bin

  • Bread, pasta, cereal and rice
  • Coffee grounds and loose leaf tea
  • Cooking oil
  • Dairy leftovers including cheese
  • Egg shells
  • Flowers
  • Fruit, citrus and vegetable scraps
  • Garden prunings
  • Grass clippings
  • Meat and bones
  • Paper towels, newspaper and tissues
  • Seafood including shells
  • Small branches
  • Weeds
  • Compostable bags labelled AS4736 

If you are using bags to hold your food and green waste, please ensure they are compostable (AS4736) and not biodegradable or plastic bags. This will ensure your food and green waste is composted successfully and will not contaminate the bin.

You can purchase the compostable bags from Council's Corporate Centre at 76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham or alternatively, most major supermarkets and hardware stores now have them available. Look for the 7 litre capacity bags if you want them to fit inside your kitchen caddy. 

Weekly general waste with dark green general waste bin

Weekly garbage service

Remember, everything that you place in your garbage bin goes to landfill. Minimise your waste by using food and green waste and recycling bins correctly.

What goes in your garbage bin

  • Broken drinking or window glass
  • Broken pyrex and ceramics
  • Cigarette butts
  • Dog and cat droppings and kitty litter
  • Glossy, waxed or coated paper
  • Icy pole sticks
  • Nappies
  • Face masks
  • Plastic bags and other soft plastics (can also be taken to major supermarkets, Bayside City Council Corporate Centre (76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham) and Beaumaris Library)
  • Plastic, biodegradable or compostable cutlery and plates
  • Polystyrene
  • Sticky labels off fruit and vegetables
  • Takeaway coffee cups and lids (including biodegradable or compostable)
  • Tetra Pak cartons
  • Vacuum dust

Fortnightly recycling with blue recycling bin

Fortnightly recycling service

What goes in your blue-lidded recycling bin

  • Aluminium foil and cans, steel cans and trays
  • Glass bottles and jars and lids
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Rigid household plastics and their lids e.g. milk bottles, soft drink bottles, washing liquid bottles, yoghurt tubs, etc.

Tips for getting your recycling right

  • Place items loosely in your recycling bin. Do not put items in plastic bags.
  • If you can scrunch plastic, it is considered a soft plastic and it can’t go in your recycling bin. 
  • Scrunch aluminium foil into a ball. 
  • Empty out any leftover food but do not worry about rinsing.
  • Re-attach lids to their original container or bottle.
  • It’s okay to leave labels on your recycling.

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