A-Z recycling guide

Use our A-Z guide to find out how to recycle or dispose of unwanted items in Nillumbik. We regularly update this guide when changes occur, or new services become available.

Our kerbside recycling goes to Cleanaway. You may also visit the Cleanaway website for more information. 

From 9 November 2022, REDcycle and soft plastic recycling has been paused. REDcycle is a program to recycle soft plastics through supermarkets. The program has been suspended due to REDcycle struggling to find local end markets for their products. Their recycling partners are committed to having the program back up and running as soon as possible.

To look up an item, select a letter below.


Acids and alkalis



Adhesive strip

Advertising material (including envelopes with or without windows)

  • Recycle in your yellow recycling bin.
    Envelopes should be dry.
  • If it is in soft plastic packaging, remove and recycle packaging via REDcycle.

Aerosol cans (empty)

See: Can

Aerosol cans (full)

Air conditioners


Aluminium foil 

Animal fur

Animal faeces/poo 



See: Medicine


See:  Electronic/electrical appliances


Ash (cold)

Audio tapes and reels


Make sure you remove any personal information.

Australia Post satchels (plastic)

Including post packs, express post satchel, parcel post satchel, see: Postal bags


Bag ties 



See: Adhesive strip

Baskets cane (broken)

Baskets (usable)



Bean bags

  • Donate to charity.
    Make sure the donated item is clean and in good condition with no holes.
  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin
    Make sure the beans are contained in bag.

Beer bottle tops (metal)

See: Lids

Beer can

See: Can

Berry punnets

Bicycles (broken) 



Bottle tops and lids  

See: Lids 

Boxes (cardboard)

Make sure you flatten the boxes.

Boxes (waxed cardboard)

See: Cardboard (waxed)

Bread bag, plastic

Bread bag clip (plastic)

Bricks and rubble

Bubble wrap   

Building materials 

Butane cans (from camp stoves)

Dispose of via Detox your home.


Cable (electric)  

See: E-waste

Cable ties

Cake trays (plastic)



Aluminium can

Beer or drink can

Food can 

Recycle in your yellow recycling bin.

Aerosol cans (must be empty)

Car (old)

Car batteries

See: Batteries (Car)

Car seats (child car seats and boosters)


Flatten any clean and dry boxes before placing in your recycling bin. Shredded cardboard should not go in your recycling bin as it is not sorted correctly at the recycling facility. Shredded paper or cardboard can be used as pet bedding, garden mulch or mixed in with your home compost.  

Cardboard (waxed)

  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin
    Waxed cardboard and boxes aren’t suitable for paper recycling due to the wax coating. 

Carpet scraps and underlay

Cartons, juice, milk, UHT and Tetra Paks

  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin 
    Cartons are composed of a mix of plastic and cardboard.
    Tetra Paks/UHT cartons are also lined with foil and are no longer fully recyclable.

Nillumbik's recycling processor Cleanaway, have advised that they are working on a solution. 

Cartridges (printer)


Cat poo and kitty litter

Cassette tapes

 Remove any personal information.

Cassette tape cases



CD cover (hard plastic) 

CD/DVD drives


Cellophane (from bunches of flowers)

Ceramics (broken) 

Ceramics (intact)

  • Donate to charity
    Make sure items are in good condition.

Cereal boxes 

Cereal box insert 


See: Ash


Chewing gum 

Chip packet 

Children's car seat

See: Car seats (child car seats and boosters)


Christmas tree (fake)

Christmas tree (live) 

Cigarette butts

Cigarette lighter (empty)

Cigarette packet 

Clean fill

Cling wrap

Clothing and shoes 

  • Donate to charity.
    Make sure donated clothing and shoes are in good condition and are clean and not stained. 
  • Find a clothing recycling location via RecylingNearYou.

Coat hangers (metal or plastic)

  • Donate to charity.
  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin.
  • Include wire hangers in a metal recycling load at our Recycling Centre.
  • These items are not be placed in the recycling bin as they are not sorted correctly.

Coffee cups (disposable)

Standard disposable coffee cups are made from liquid paperboard which is a mix of paper and plastic. At the moment, processing of liquid paperboard isn’t very effective so when coffee cups are put in the recycling bin, they contaminate the other items to be recycled. 

Coffee cup lids 

  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin.
    Takeaway cup lids are usually made of hard polystyrene (triangle code 6) and not suitable for the kerbside recycling bin. 

Coffee jars 

Coffee granules 

Coffee pods/capsules 

Check individual brand websites for information on disposal options.

Compact discs


See: CDs



Make sure you wipe your personal data like personal details, emails, photos and downloads.

Compostable cups (PLA plastic)

  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin.
  • Contact the individual brand of cup for commercial composting options.

Nillumbik's kerbside green waste compost facility does not accept PLA plastics.

Computer parts and peripheries


Make sure you wipe your personal data like personal details, emails, photos and downloads.

Computer mouse


Computer monitor/screen


Make sure you wipe your personal data like personal details, emails, photos and downloads. 


Cooking oil

Soaked up in paper

Poured into a container

Small amount

Large amount 

Cooler bag (reusable from supermarket)


Cosmetic jars (empty) 


Cotton wool buds 

COVID home testing kits 

Cups and saucers (intact)

  • Donate to charity.
    Make sure donated items are in good condition and are clean and not stained.

Cups and saucers (broken)

Curtains (reusable)

  • Donate to charity.
    Make sure donated items are in good condition and are clean and not faded.


Cutlery (metal/plastic)

  • Donate metal cutlery in good condition to charity.
  • Dispose of metal or plastic cutlery in your red landfill bin.

Cutlery should not go in the recycling bin as it can cause issues with the sorting process.


Detergent bottles (plastic)



See: E-waste

Dirt (commercial quantities)  

Disposable nappies

Disc drives


Dog poo

See: Animal faeces/poo

Doonas and pillows

Down lights


Drink can

See: Can

Drinking straws

Drink bottles (plastic)

Dry cleaning bags

Dryer (hair)


Ducted heating units


Ducting (flexible tubing from ducted heating)

Dummies (for babies) 

Dispose of in your red landfill bin.



DVD/CD drives


See:  CD/DVD drives



Any unwanted item with a plug, cord or battery.

Remove any batteries for separate recycling

Electrical cable


Egg cartons

Enamel pots/bowls


See: Advertising material

Eye glasses (broken)




Fabric/Textiles (cleaning rags, old towels)

Fax machines


Fencing (timber) 

Fencing wire (including electric) 

Fertiliser bag (plastic and woven polypropylene) 


Film negatives

Fire extinguisher 

Floppy discs 


Floppy disc drives


Fluorescent tubes


Foam boxes 

Foam meat trays

Foam underlay

See: Carpet/underlay


See: Aluminium foil

Foil lined cartons

See: Cartons

Food can

See: Cans

Food pouches, yoghurt and baby food (soft plastic)

Fruit and vegetable scraps



See: Chemicals 



Garden chemicals

Garden materials

Gas bottles (empty)

Glad wrap

See: Cling wrap



Glass jars/bottles:

Glass (window pane):

Drinking cups and Pyrex glass:

  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin
    This type for glass is not recycled as it does not melt at the same temperature as bottles and jars.

Glass from broken picture frame:

Gift cards (plastic wallet sized cards) 

Gift wrapping

See: Wrapping paper

Golf balls 

Grass clippings

See: Garden materials

Greeting cards paper (used) 


Hair pet or human (small amounts)

Hair (large amounts)

Hard drives (e-waste)

Make sure you wipe your personal data like personal details, emails, photos and downloads. 

Hard plastic 

Hay bale twine (plastic and fabric)

Headphones (e-waste)

Helium tanks 

Highlighters and textas 


Hot water bottles 

Hot water systems (broken) (e-waste

Household chemicals

See: Chemicals 

Hypodermic needles

See: Needles.


Ice cream containers (coated paper or plastic) 

Ice cream lids

See: Lids

Icy pole sticks

Ink cartridge


Fibreglass, wool and cellulose:
There are no known local recycling markets. It is accepted at Hanson Wollert Landfill


iPads (e-waste)

IT cords and cables (e-waste



Juicer (electric) (e-waste)  

Juice cartons

See: Cartons

Junk mail

See: Advertising material


Keyboards (e-waste)

Kitchen sponges

Kitty litter 


See: Cutlery


Laptops (e-waste

Make sure you wipe your personal data like personal details, emails, photos and downloads.



See: Garden materials


  • Metal lids: place loose in the yellow recycling bin.
  • Large plastic lids (e.g ice cream container): recycle in your yellow recycling bin.
  • Small plastic lids (e.g bottle lids): dispose of in your red landfill bin.
    Small lids fall through the sorting lines at the recycling facility and are not sorted with the correct plastic types. There are some drop off locations for recycling through the Lids4Kids program.

Light bulbs and tubes (e-waste


Lolly wrappers (plastic including foil lined plastic)

Long life milk cartons (Tetra Pak)

See: Cartons




Manure (horse/cow)

Margarine tubs 

Match boxes


Meat scraps 

Meat trays (foam)

Meat trays (plastic)

Clear plastic trays:

  • remove any remaining meat
  • remove the absorbency pad
  • remove any plastic film and recycle via REDcycle
  • lightly rinse the tray
  • recycle in your yellow recycling bin.

Dispose of black plastic trays in your red landfill bin.


Mercury thermometer

Milk bottle (Plastic)

Milk cartons 

See: Cartons

Mirror glass (broken) 

  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin.
    Wrap broken glass in newspaper before disposal.

Mobile phones (e-waste)

Modems (e-waste)


See: Computer monitors/Screens

Motor oil 


Nappies (disposable)

Nappies (compostable)

Needles (syringe) 

  • Purchase a sharps container from your local pharmacy and return filled to pharmacy.

Netting bag for oranges/onions/garlic


  • Recycle in your yellow recycling bin.
    Make sure the newspaper is dry.
  • If it is wrapped in soft plastic packaging, remove and recycle the packaging via REDcycle

Noxious weeds

See: Garden materials

Nylon chopping boards


Office paper

Oil, cooking

Soaked in paper: 

Poured into a container:

Put small amounts in your home compost.

For large amounts, find:

Oil (motor) 

See: Motor oil

Orange net bags

See:  Netting bag for oranges/onions/garlic

Ovens (old)


Packing tape, plastic 

Paint tins (dry) 


Paint stripper

See: Chemicals

Pallet stretch wrap

Paper towel (used) 

Paper towel roll

Pens and pencils 

Perfume bottle


Pet food tins 

Pet hair (small amount)


See: Chemicals   


See: Medicine 

Phone books

Phone handsets (e-waste)


Photo negatives

Picture frames 

Pill packets (empty) 

Pillows and doonas

See:  Doonas and pillows

Pills (medicine)

See: Medicine

Pizza boxes

Place mats

Plant cuttings

See: Garden materials

Plant pots (plastic)

Plant pots (broken ceramic)

See: Ceramics (broken)

Plastic (rigid/hard, coded 1-5) 

Plastic, soft/flexible

Plastic air pillow protective packaging

Plastic bags 

Plastic Film (e.g film from frozen dinners, top of meat trays etc)

  • Recycle via REDcycle.
    Make sure it is clean and dry.

Plastic hay bale twine

See: Hay bale twine (plastic and fabric)

Plastic lids

  • Dispose of small plastic bottle lids in your red landfill bin.
    Small plastic items fall through the holes during the recycling sorting process.
  • Recycle container lids in your yellow recycle bin.

Plastic packing tape

See:  Packing tape, plastic

Plastic toys (broken)  

Plastic pool toys (inflatable)

Plastic trays/baskets 

  • If labelled with 1 - 5, recycle in your yellow recycling bin.
  • Black plastic trays cannot be recycled in Australia as the sorting equipment cannot identify them. Dispose of in your red landfill bin.  

Plastic wrap

See: Cling wrap 

Plastic wrappers


Plate glass (wrapped)

Plush toys


Pool acid containers (empty) 

Pool acid 

See: Chemicals

Postal bags 

Pots and pans

Pottery (broken)

See: Ceramics (broken)

Pottery (intact)

See: Ceramics (intact)

Potting mix bags

Power cables (domestic) (e-waste)

Power supplies (e-waste)


Printer/toner cartridges (e-waste)

Printers (e-waste

Pyrex ovenware (broken)

Pyrex ovenware (intact)

  • Donate to charity.
    Make sure donated items are clean and in good condition.


Quilt covers


RAT - Rapid Antigen Test kits

Records (vinyl) 

Reusable green check out bags 

Reusable check out bags (fabric)

  • Donate to charity.
    Make sure donated items are in good condition, clean and not stained.
  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin.



  • Including rubber off cuts, rubber bands and charity bracelets
  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin.

Rubber gloves 



Sanitary items

Satellite navigation systems (e-waste


Scanners (e-waste

Serviettes (paper)

Serviettes (cloth) 

  • Donate to charity.
    Make sure donated items are in good condition, clean and unstained.
  • Dispose of in your red landfill bin.

Shade cloth

Shampoo bottles 

Sheets (old/stained)

Shredded paper 

  • Put in your home compost.
  • Recycle small amounts in your green organics bin.
    Large amounts can cause issues in the recycling stream as it may be blown around the sorting facility and become litter.  


See: Clothing and shoes 

Silicone products 

Silver foil

See: Aluminium foil

Smoke alarms

See: Chemicals 

Soft drink bottles 

Soft drink can

See: Can

Soft toys

  • Donate to charity.
    Make sure donated items are in good condition.

Soft plastic

See:  Plastic, soft/flexible 

Speakers - (e-waste)


Steel can 

See: Can




Sticky tape

See: adhesive strip

Strawberry punnets

See: Berry punnets


Sweet wrappers


See: Needles


Tablets (electronic) (e-waste)

Tablets (medicine) 

See: Medicine

Take away containers (plastic)


Tartaric acid (large quantities)

See: Chemicals

Tea bags

Tea leaves

Telephone books 

Tennis balls

Tennis racquets 

Tetra Pak (long life cartons) 

See: Cartons


Tiles (broken)

Tin can 

See: Can

Tin (scrap metal)



Tissue boxes

Toaster (e-waste)

Toilet paper rolls

Toner cartridges (e-waste)


Toothbrushes (electric) (e-waste)

Toothpaste tubes

Toys (plastic and plush)

Towels (old/stained)

Tree prunings

Tree/plant protector guards

Twine (jute, cotton, fibre or plastic)

TV (e-waste


UHT cartons

See Cartons.


Vacuum cleaner (e-waste)

Vacuum cleaner dust bags

Vape (e-cigarette)

See: E-waste

  • Remove battery if you can.
  • If the battery cannot be removed then include the e-cigarette in the battery recycling at the Recycling Centre of our small e-waste drop off locations. 

Vegetable scraps

Video tapes (e-waste)

Vinyl records


Waxed cardboard

Waxed paper


Wet wipes

Windows (broken and wrapped in paper)

Window panes

Wine bottles  

Wine bottle screw tops 

Wine cask bag

Wood (treated pine)

Wool scraps 

Wrapping paper

  • Recycle in your yellow recycling bin.
  • It should be clean, and remove any decorative ribbon or sticky tape




Yoghurt containers


Zip lock bags



































Missing items

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