Recycling information

Moonee Valley residents make a great effort to recycle, and we need everyone to make sure that the right materials go into the right bin!

TOP TIPS: reduce, reuse, recycle

Reduce consumption

  • Avoid impulsive purchases that will have a short lifeline.
  • Plan ahead before shopping by checking your fridge and cupboard.
  • Borrow or use Facebook Marketplace for pre-loved goods.
  • For necessary purchases, look for products that have recycled content (e.g clothes, paper, plastic even garden and road products)

Prepare your waste

  • Stop contamination by rinsing your items be
  • Squash milk containers, cans and plastic bottles and flatten cardboard boxes. This creates more space inside your bin and truck.
  • Don't put your recyclable cans, bottles, or paper into plastic bags.
  • Nappies are NOT recyclable, nor are clothes or shoes (put them in your nearest opp shop collection bin)

Recycling Update - 23 September 2019

Our recycling service is back to normal today following the reopening of SKM's Laverton North plant after a two month closure in which we had no choice but to send recycling to landfill.

We've entered into an interim agreement with SKM receivers KordaMentha until 31 October 2019.

This means all of our yellow bin kerbside collections will now be sent for processing and Moonee Valley residents can resume recycling and putting out their yellow-lid bins as normal.

We will continue to work with the State Government to investigate long-term plans to better manage recycling to households.

Click here for more information

What you can recycle in your yellow-lid bin

  • Paper – including books, magazines, envelopes and paper towels
  • Cardboard – including pizza boxes
  • Cans  – including aerosols
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • All hard plastic bottles and containers (Don’t worry about the plastic recycling symbol, our Material Recovery Facility accepts all hard plastics whether they have a code or not)
  • Pots and pans
  • Broken hard plastic toys  
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Foil and foil trays

Download our what goes in your recycling bin image.

When filling up your yellow bin, put all correct items loose into the bins, not in plastic bags. Plastic bags can be recycled at participating supermarkets or put into your landfill (red-lid) bin only.

What you can't recycle in your yellow-lid bin

Plastic bags are the biggest problem in recycling bins. When items are placed in plastic bags, they can’t be sorted in our facilities and may end up in landfill. Don’t let your hard work go to waste!

Items to keep out of your recycling bin include:

  • Plastic bags – these and many other soft plastics can be recycled at Coles and Woolworths, for a full list of recyclable soft plastics have a look on the Redcycle website
  • Food waste
  • Nappies
  • Household chemicals
  • Electronics
  • Batteries
  • Light globes and fluorescent tubes
  • Mirrors and window glass 
  • Crockery, drinking glasses, ceramics and ovenware
  • Household goods
  • Furniture
  • Clothing and shoes 
  • Scrap metal like car parts

Many of these items can be recycled through your Re-new collection or can be taken to the Transfer Station.

Recycling bin filling up too fast?

You can upsize it to a 360L for a one off-fee of $86.10 To upsize fill out a 360L recycling bin upgrade form (pdf, 264KB).

Recycling top tips

When recycling:

  • check for recycling in every room: bathroom, laundry, kitchen, lounge and study
  • make sure items are empty: remove leftover solid food scraps
  • keep recycling out of plastic bags: if you put your recycling in plastic bags it can end up in landfill because it can’t be sorted and recycled
  • make recycling easy: placing separate rubbish and recycling bins in each room of your house makes recycling easy. If you don't have room for two bins, try a small container under the bench or in a cupboard to collect recycling

Pop up recycling hub

We are hosting a pop up recycling hub so you can drop off unwanted items for free.

Drop off unwanted:

  • clothing
  • toys
  • shoes
  • accessories such as bags, belts, hats and scarves
  • bedding
  • mobile phones
  • household electricals
  • unbreakable crockery.

Your items will then be collected by SCRgroup and around 70 per cent of the items will be sent across the world to the communities who need it most. The rest either goes to Australian charities, is recycled or is turned into alternate fuels. 

The hub will be on The Boulevard off Aberfeldie Park, Aberfeldie until Monday, 1 October.

This project is funded by the Victorian Government’s Litter Innovation Fund, delivered by Sustainability Victoria.

Recycle to win

Have you used the hubs? Tell SCRgroup what you thought in this short survey! You’ll go into the drawer for a chance to win a $50 voucher for one of three local businesses. 

Recycle at the library

There are loads of household items that can be recycled, but not all of them can go in your regular kerbside recycling bin as they contain hazardous materials or are considered e-waste.

We have set up Speciality Recycling Stations in Avondale Heights, Niddrie and Sam Merrifield libraries on a trial basis so you can stop in and drop these items off for recycling.

You can recycle:

  • household batteries
  • mobile phones and chargers
  • CD/DVDs
  • VHS/cassette tapes
  • small household printer cartridges
  • fluorescent tubes and globes

If the trial is successful, the stations will be placed in additional locations.

Across Victoria, Clean Up Australia Day and Environment Victoria estimate that:

  • 97 per cent of household batteries are landfilled instead of recycled each year
  • 98 per cent of fluorescent lights (1,100 kg of mercury) are crushed in landfill each year
  • only 9 per cent of mobile phones are currently being recycled

Transfer Station

If you can’t make it to the library, the Transfer Station is open seven days a week and you can recycle a number of household items there for free. At the Transfer Station, you can also recycle hard rubbish, green waste, furniture and more for a fee.

Call 9243 8888 for more information.

More information

Visit Get it right on bin night for more information and tips on recycling.

Want to know more about recycling and reuse in your area? Check out Planet Ark's Recycling Near You.

If you have any questions about your recycling service, please call Citizens Services on 9243 8888.

Last updated: Thursday, 14 November 2019, 8:39 PM