Bin collection

Bin collection day

To find out your normal bin collection day, enter your address in the My Neighbourhood section of this website.

The standard service in Nillumbik is a 120 litre green waste bin collected weekly, a 240 litre recycling bin collected fortnightly and a 120 litre garbage bin collected fortnightly.

Bins are not collected on Good Friday, Anzac Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and will be collected the following day.

Plastic bag recycling is here

Nillumbik residents can now recycle plastic bags and other flexible/soft plastic in the recycling (yellow lid) bin.

How to do this:

  1. Collect your unwanted plastic bags and other flexible plastics
  2. Put them in a plastic bag (such as those from the supermarket)
  3. Tie the bag when full and put it in your recycling bin
  4. Do not put individual/loose plastic bags in your recycling bin  
  5. Continue to keep your hard/rigid plastics and other recyclables loose

You can include clean plastic bags and flexible/soft plastics, such as:

  • plastic shopping bags 
  • bubble wrap 
  • plastic packaging from groceries like bread, rice, pasta, toilet paper and frozen foods  
  • inner cereal/biscuit wraps  
  • clean cling wrap and freezer bags  
  • plastic wrapping from appliances  
  • plastic postal bags and plastic pockets

Do not include:

  • silver-lined packaging from chip, chocolate bar and ice-cream wrappers  
  • paper dockets
  • garbage or food
  • polystyrene
  • nappies

Collecting your plastic bags and flexible plastics in a bag makes them easy to sort at the recycling facility, where they will be sent off to make new products such as playground equipment and textiles for clothing, toys and furniture, or turned back into bags and packaging material, trays and general purposes containers.

Nillumbik is one of the first councils in Victoria where residents are able to recycle plastic bags in the recycling bin, which will help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill. It’s also more convenient for residents who previously took their plastic bags to the supermarket for recycling.

If you reuse your plastic bags for other things or avoid plastic bags and packaging when shopping, continue to do this as it is even better than recycling.

This initiative is funded by the Victorian Government's Metropolitan Local Government Waste and Resource Recovery Fund, our recycling contractor SKM Recycling and the Australian Packaging Covenant, in partnership with City of Boroondara, Hobsons Bay City Council and Cardinia Shire Council.


What to put in each bin 

Green waste (120 litre, green lid) - collected weekly and taken to Veolia's organics processing facility where it's recycled into compost

Food scraps

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps 
  • Dairy
  • Meat and small bones
  • Bread, pasta and rice
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
    (loose or wrapped in a small amount of newspaper or paper towel, NOT in a plastic bag)

Garden materials

  • Clippings, small branches, prunings, leaves, flowers, grass
  • Weeds (including ivy, creepers and vines) 

DO NOT put plastic bags in your green bin, even if they are labelled 'biodegradable' or 'compostable'

Recycling (240 litre, yellow lid) - collected fortnightly and taken to SKM's materials recovery facility where it's recycled

  • Hard/rigid plastics (plastics holding a shape or form)
  • Cardboard (including lightly soiled pizza boxes)
  • Paper
  • Steel pots, pan, cans and aerosol cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Aluminium - cans and clean foil
  • Aerosol cans
  • Plastic toys
  • Plant pots
  • Coffee capsules

Garbage (120 litre, red lid) - collected fortnightly and taken to Hanson Landfill

  • Household rubbish
  • Nappies
  • Pyrex, drinking glasses
  • Crockery
  • Window glass and mirror glass
  • Non-hazardous materials that cannot be recycled 

Purchase additional bins

Bin type     Cost of bin  Max. no.
per house 
Additional annual
collection charge 
 Green waste (120 litre green lid)  $78.00  2  Nil
 Recycling (240 litre yellow lid)  $92.00  2  Nil
 Garbage (120 litre red lid)  $78.00  2  $151.85

You can purchase:

  • by phone (credit card - all except AMEX and Diners)
  • in person at the Operations Centre, 290 Yan Yean Road, Plenty or Civic Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough (cash or credit card - all except AMEX and Diners)

You can return an additional green, yellow or red bin. If it is in good condition you will receive a refund of 50 per cent of the cost of the bin. You can cancel an extra red bin service at any time and once the bin is collected the collection charge will stop

You also have the option of changing your red bin to an 80 litre bin at a reduced rate of $346.23 per annum (rather than a standard 120 litre bin at a rate of $380.36)

Message for North Warrandyte residents (Monday bin collection)

Due to Yarra Valley Water's sewerage project in North Warrandyte, bins in the area will be collected from 5am (rather than 6am) until the works are complete. This to ensure we can access all streets to pick up bins

Missing or stolen bin

Complete the missing bin online form

Or complete the form in person at our Operations Centre, 290 Yan Yean Road, Plenty or Civic Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough. Once the form has been processed the bin/s will be delivered to your property within three working days

Damaged or broken bin

Report a damaged or broken bin online or call Customer Service on 9433 3111. Please leave the damaged bin on the kerb, so that it can be fixed or replaced

Bin not emptied

Report that your bin has not been emptied online or call Customer Service on 9433 3111. Please leave your bin out for collection once you've lodged a request

New service

If you are moving into a newly built property you will need to order a new service. Send us a certificate of occupancy to

  • email:
  • fax: 9433 3777
  • post: PO Box 476, Greensborough, VIC 3088
  • in person: Operations Centre, 290 Yan Yean Road, Plenty or Civic Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough

Once we have received the certificate of occupancy and payment the bin/s will be delivered to you within three working days

Moving house

If you are moving house, leave the set of three bins with the property

Annual waste service charge

The waste management charge on your rates notice covers:

  • Cost of collection from each property
  • Waste disposal costs including State Government levies
  • Additional services such as hard waste collection
  • Programs to encourage recycling and waste reduction
  • Rehabilitation of the former landfills at Kangaroo Ground and Plenty

The annual charge for 2016-2017 is $380.36

Green bin survey

Help us work towards contamination-free green waste by providing some details about how you use your green bin via this online survey