Change to the recycling of soft plastics

Council's recycling provider is now Visy, whose role is to separate and sort recyclables for the production of new items. Items collected can only be recycled if there is a use for the material collected. 

Currently, there is limited demand for soft plastics. Products are only valuable if there is a demand and, as markets are limited, Visy is currently unable to accept soft plastics through the kerbside collection for recycling.

Due to these changes, Council and Visy are transitioning Moreland's kerbside recycling service to exclude soft plastics.

If you accidentally place soft plastics in your recycling bin as you get used to this change, your recycling bin will still be collected. Visy will be separating soft plastics out during this transition period to make sure all recyclables are recycled.

You can take your plastic bags and soft plastics to a Recycle collection bin at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.

Hardcopy information explaining this change will be delivered to all households in Moreland in the week beginning 20 November 2017. You can also download and print the recycling poster A4 (PDF 873Kb) or recycling poster A3 (PDF 1Mb) for updated information on what can go in your recycling bin.

Kerbside recycling collection

Council collects recycling bins every week from residential properties in Moreland. Your recycling bin has a yellow lid.

Council’s kerbside recycling service collects items which are then sorted into the different types of material - such as glass, paper, and plastic, processed, and then used to make other products.

An annual waste charge is included in your rates notice. This charge helps fund the Council kerbside collection services.

Council also collects recycling bins from non-residential rateable properties subject to payment of the waste charge.

When recycling bins are collected

Council collects your recycling bin each week on the same day as your garbage bin. The day of collection depends on where you live.

Please place your bin out by 5.30 am of collection day, preferably the night before. Garbage and recycling bins are usually collected in the morning.

Enter your address to see your recycling bin collection day and to view a bin collection calendar for your address.

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You can also download the 2017 waste collection calendar (PDF 2Mb) which shows when bins are collected in different areas of Moreland.

What you can put in your recycling bin

Put these items in your recycling bin:

  • cardboard and office paper
  • newspapers and magazines
  • phone books
  • books (with covers removed)
  • pizza boxes (with no food waste)
  • milk and juice cartons
  • aluminium pots, pans, foil, trays and cans (remove any food, scrunch foil into a ball)
  • metal pots, pans and cutlery
  • steel cans (empty)
  • aerosol cans (empty with plastic nozzle removed)
  • glass bottles and jars (clear, green and amber)
  • rigid plastic packaging including bottles and containers

Do not put these items in your recycling bin:

  • flexible soft plastics, e.g. plastic bags, bread or pasta bags, plastic wrap
  • any items in plastic bags
  • clothing, shoes or blankets
  • nappies
  • food waste or garden waste
  • toys
  • drinking glasses, ceramics or Pyrex
  • napkins, tissues or paper towel
  • takeaway coffee cups
  • garbage

Tips to recycling right

Keep lids and labels on plastic bottles.

No need to clean jars, tins or containers, just empty any liquids or food scraps.

Do not put your recyclables in plastic bags, place them loosely in your bin.

Donate any unwanted good-condition clothing, shoes, linen or blankets to charity.

Victorians are great recyclers but we can improve. Research shows that many household rubbish bins contain up to 20 per cent of items that could have been recycled. Visit get it right on bin night to find out how to recycle right in every room of the house.

Council conducts random inspections of recycling bins to ensure residents are recycling the right items.

Where to place your bin

Put your garbage, recycling and green waste bins on the kerb on the edge of the street.

Face the bins to the street. Make sure there are no objects within 30 centimetres of the bin such as a car, tree or another bin.

If you live on a court or bowl place your bins along the straight edge, not on the corner.

How to change the size of your recycling bin

If you find you have more recycling than will fit in your recycling bin each week, Council will consider providing a larger or additional recycling bin.

Before you contact Council, look at what you are currently putting in your recycling bin.

  • Ask yourself if everything in your recycling bin is recyclable.
  • See if there are items you can flatten, like cardboard boxes or cans, to take up less space.
  • Consider ways to avoid waste in the first place, by buying products in bulk, reusing or refilling containers, and buying concentrated cleaning products rather than ready made items.

If you still find you require additional recycling capacity, you can complete an Application for Increased Recycling Capacity form (PDF 14Kb) or Application for Increased Recycling Capacity form (DOC 90Kb) and return the form to Council. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis.

Damaged, lost or stolen bins

New bins and bin replacements has information on how to have your recycling bin repaired or replaced.

New bins for new properties

If you are a new resident at a new property that does not have a garbage and recycling bin, you can contact Council to a order new bins. 

What happens to your recycling

After your recyclables are collected, they are taken to the Visy Materials Recovery Facility where they are sorted. Large contaminants are removed by hand as the materials travel across conveyor belts.

Paper, newspaper and cardboard are separated from bottles and cans. Paper is then sorted into different categories and sent to manufacturers locally and across Australia and made into new paper and cardboard items.

Plastics are sorted into polymer type, baled and returned to factories for reprocessing. Products made from recycled plastic include mobile garbage bins, compost bins, fleece jackets, bottles, packaging and plastic bags.

Council is committed to buying recycled products and buying back the recycling that it collects. For example, Council uses 100% recycled content paper for all office printing and recycling bins are made from recycled plastic.

Visit the Visy website to learn more about turning recyclables into reusable material. 

Other places to recycle

Many materials that can't be recycled via your kerbside recycling bin can be recycled elsewhere. If the materials you are wanting to recycle aren't listed in these pages try Recycling Near You, an online guide to recycling. You can search either by product or by Council area.

Visit the Council A - Z guide to waste and recycling for information on how to recycle or dispose of items that cannot be placed in your recycling bin.

Some recycling centres and landfills will accept items to be recycled free of charge, however, charges will apply for some items.