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What can go in your bins

Change to bin collection times

Waste and recycling collections are beginning earlier to ensure all bins are emptied. Please place your bins out the night before your collection day.

Bayside residents receive a fortnightly recycling service, a weekly waste service and an optional fortnightly food and green waste service replacing green waste.

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 service

We have almost completed the process of changing over lids on green waste bins, from red to light green, signalling the start of food and green waste collection.

If you still have a red-lidded bin or did not receive a caddy and compostable bags then you can use our report a problem form.

Not registered for food and green waste yet?

Please note, if you already have a red-lidded green waste bin or your lid has been changed to light green then you do not need to register again.

Register for food and green waste

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

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.

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.

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 service

What goes in your blue-lidded recycling bin

  • Aluminium foil and cans, steel cans and trays
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastics numbered 1-7 (except for expanded polystyrene/styrofoam - labelled '6')

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.
  • It’s okay to leave the lid and labels on your recycling.

Other items

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