Can I recycle it?

This guide will help you determine the best way to dispose of unwanted items, and easily identify which items can be recycled or recovered.

You should try to reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled, to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Please donate, giveaway or sell any clothing, furniture or toys that are in good condition. For more tips, see Reducing your waste.

ItemCan it be recycled or recovered? Disposal options 
Aerosol cans Yes 

Put in your recycling bin 

Air conditioners (split systems) Yes
  • Book a free collection by calling Kids Off The Kerb on 9918 7999
  • Drop off to:
    Kids Off The Kerb
    326 Settlement Road, Thomastown
    Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
Aluminium foil, trays & cans   Yes  Put in your recycling bin 
Batteries - household  Yes 
Batteries - mobile phone   Yes 
Biscuit trays (not including the soft plastic packaging on the outside) Yes Put in your recycling bin 
Blankets  No
Bottles (glass & plastic)  Yes 
Bricks and building materials  Yes
Cameras including accessories  Yes 
Cans (aliminium, steel & tin) Yes
  • Put in your recycling bin
  • Take to the transfer station at Wollert Landfill
  • Car batteries  Yes
    Cardboard Yes 
    Carpet  No  Take to Wollert Landfill 
    CDs & DVDs Yes 
    Ceremic wares (plates & dishes)  No Put in your garbage bin
    Chemical drums (empty) – crop and farm chemicals Yes See Chemical drum recycling (drumMUSTER)
    Chemicals - household  Yes  Take to a Detox Your Home mobile collection day
    Christmas tree  Yes
    Cigarette butts  No  Put in your garbage bin  
    Clothing (not suitable for reuse)  No Put in your garbage bin
    Coffee cups - takeaway (not polystyrene)  No Put in your garbage bin  
    Coffee grounds  Yes 

    Put in your home compost bin or worm farm

    Computers, printers & accessories:

    • desktop PCs and laptops
    • printers and scanners
    • flat screen and older style computer monitors
    • hard drives and CD/DVD drives
    • keyboards and computer mice
    • computer power supplies
    • network, memory cards and floppy disks
    Yes

    Take to:

    To recycle Apple products, see the Apple website

    For other locations, visit RecyclingNearYou website

    Concrete No  Take to Wollert Landfill
    Cooking oil (used) Yes
    Cooking oil containers Yes Put in your recycling bin
    Copper & electrical cable  Yes  Take to the transfer station at Wollert Landfill 
    Corks from bottles  No

    Cork is no longer recycled within Victoria

    Cups (paper)  Yes  Put in your recycling bin   
    Cups (ceramic, glass & polystrene)  No  Put in your garbage bin   
    Curtains (not suitable for reuse)  No 
    Dog droppings  No  Put in your garbage bin    
    Egg cartons  Yes  Put in your recycling bin    
    E-waste (TVs, radios, stereos)  Yes 

    Visit RecyclingNearYou website for locations - charges often apply

    Fence palings  Yes 

    Take to the timber waste recycling facility using your waste disposal vouchers

    Fire extinguishers  Yes Take to a Detox Your Home mobile collection day 
    Fluorescent light globes  Yes 
    Food scraps  Yes 

    Put in your home compost bin or worm farm

    Fridges   Yes 
    • Book a free collection by calling Phoenix on 1300 366 283, or Kids Off The Kerb on 9918 7999
    • Drop off to:
      Kids Off The Kerb
      326 Settlement Road, Thomastown
      Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
    Furniture (not suitable for reuse)  No 
    Garden waste  Yes
    Gas bottles  Yes 
    Glass bottles (lids off)  Yes  Put in your recycling bin    
    Glasses – sighted and reading (not broken)  Yes  Take to a OPSM or Budget Eyeware store 
    Heater
    • Book a free collection by calling Kids Off The Kerb on 9918 7999
    • Drop off to:
      Kids Off The Kerb
      326 Settlement Road, Thomastown
      Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
    Hot water service unit  Yes
    Ice-cream containers  Yes   Put in your recycling bin     
    iPods, iPhones & iPads Yes Visit the Apple website
    Irons (household) Yes Refer to 'metal waste' on this page
    Laptop computers Yes Refer to 'computers & printers' on this page
    Lawn clippings Yes 
    Light bulbs (not fluorescent)  No  Put in your garbage bin     
    Liquid soap & moisturiser pump packs  Yes  Put in your recycling bin
    Margarine containers  Yes  Put in your recycling bin 
    Mattresses No
    Medicines Yes Return to your local pharmacy
    Metal waste (including household irons) Yes Take to the transfer station at Wollert Landfill
    Microwaves Yes
    • If your microwaves works or not, book a collection by calling Kids Off the Kerb on 9918 7999
    • If your microwave still works, you can book a collection by calling Phoenix on 1300 366 283
    • Drop off to:
      Kids Off The Kerb
      326 Settlement Road, Thomastown
      Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
    Milk and juice cartons (including tetra packs) Yes Put in your recycling bin
    Mirrors (broken) No

    Must be wrapped in newspaper and bagged

    Mobile phones including accessories Yes
    Motor oil Yes
    MP3 players and personal music players Yes
    Nappies No Put in your garbage bin     
    Newspaper Yes Put in your recycling bin
    Office products Yes Visit Green Collect website for information
    Ovens (rangehoods, cook tops, and hot plates) Yes
    • Book a collection by calling Kids Off the Kerb on 9918 7999 
    • Drop off to:
      Kids Off The Kerb
      326 Settlement Road, Thomastown
      Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
    Paint and empty paint tins Yes
    Pallets Yes

    Take to the timber waste recycling facility using your waste disposal vouchers

    Paper Yes
    • Put in your recycling bin
    • small pieces of paper (less than 7.5cm long and wide) - place these in an envelope or paper bag
    • Take to the transfer station at Wollert Landfill
    • Take to Visy Coolaroo Office, 13 Reo Crescent, Campbellfield
    Paper towel (soiled) No
    • Put in your garbage bin
    • Do not put in your recycling bin
    Paper (shredded) No
  • Put in your home compost bin or worm farm
  • Put in your garbage bin
  • Pizza boxes Yes Put in your recycling bin - remove any loose food from the box but small bits of baked on cheese or oil are OK
    Plant pots No Put in your garbage bin
    Plastic bags Yes
    • Return to major supermarkets.
    • Take to any Coles supermarket to be recycled into furniture for schools, kindergartens and community groups through REDcycle.
    Plastic containers & bottles (including plastic takeaway food containers) Yes Put in your recycling bin

    Plastics (soft plastics) - e.g. cling wrap, bubble wrap, biscuit packets, lolly bags, pasta bags, frozen food bags, soft plastic packaging

    Yes
    • Take to any Coles supermarket to be recycled into furniture for schools, kindergartens and community groups through REDcycle.
    • Put in your garbage bin
    Polystyrene packaging Yes

    Take to Hume City Council Resource Recovery Centre
    Campbellfield

    Printer & toner cartridges Yes
    Refrigerators Yes Refer to 'fridges' on this page
    Scrap metal Yes Take to the transfer station at Wollert Landfill
    Shampoo & conditioner bottles Yes Put in your recycling bin
    Smoke alarms No

    Put in your garbage bin

    Syringes No See Needle and syringe disposal
    Tea bags Yes

    Put in your home compost bin or worm farm

    Television Yes

    Take to:

    Timber Yes
    Tissues No

    Put in your garbage bin

    Toasters Yes Refer to 'metal waste' on this page
    Toys (unsuitable for reuse) No

    Tyres

    Yes Take to K-Mart Tyre and Auto Service stores or take to the transfer station at Wollert Landfill (charges apply)
    Vacuum cleaners Yes
    Vacuum cleaner dust No

    Put in your garbage bin

    Video/VHS cassettes No

    Put in your garbage bin

    Water bottles (10L and 15L) Yes Put in your recycling bin
    Waxed paper & cardboard No

    Put in your garbage bin

    Whitegoods (fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and clothes driers) Yes (the metals in whitegoods can be recovered)
    • Book a free collection by calling Phoenix on 1300 366 283 or visit the Phoenix Fridges website
    • Book a collection by calling Kids Off the Kerb on 9918 7999 or drop off to:
      326 Settlement Road, Thomastown
      Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
    Window glass No

    Must be wrapped in newspaper and bagged

    Weeds (common) Yes
    X-rays Yes
    Yoghurt tubs  Yes Put in your recycling bin
    Last Updated: 17 February 2014