Waste Sorting Guide

Detailed guide for how to dispose of waste items.

Your guide to what can and what cannot go in your recycling or rubbish bin in Golden Plains Shire. Click on one of the waste categories below to quickly navigate to that category.

Waste Table from least favoured approach to most favoured approach

Glass
Bottles

Empty glass beverage, medicine and vitamin bottles can be placed in the recycling bin.

Drinking Glasses

Place drinking glasses in the rubbish bin.

Jars

Empty glass food and cosmetic jars can be placed in the recycling bin.

Pyrex

Pyrex and windscreens cannot be recycled. Place them in the rubbish bin.

Metals
Steel Aerosol Cans

Empty aerosol cans can be placed in the recycling bin. Plastic lids smaller than a credit card go in the garbage bin or the recycling bin if larger than a credit card.

Steel Lids and Bottle Tops

Put metal lids and bottle tops in the recycling bin. Remove from jars and bottles first.

Steel Cans

Empty steel cans can be placed in the recycling bin.

Aluminum Aerosol Cans

Empty aluminum aerosol cans can be placed in the recycling bin.

Aluminum Cans

Empty aluminum food and drink cans can be placed in the recycling bin.

Aluminum Foil

When you have enough clean aluminium foil to reach at least 2 inches in size (roughly the size of a tennis ball) you can then deposit in the recycling bin to be captured at the Material Recovery Facility.

Aluminium Trays

Clean aluminium trays can be put into the recycling bin.

Aluminum Lids and Bottle Tops

Put aluminum lids and bottle tops in the recycling bin. Remove from jars and bottles first.

Plastics
Fruit Punnets

Plastic fruit punnets can be placed in the recycling bin.

Biscuit Trays

Plastic biscuit trays can be placed in the recycling bin.

Black Rigid Plastics

Black rigid plastics including plant pots and meat trays cannot be recycled.

Place black rigid plastic in the rubbish bin.

Cake Trays

Plastic cake trays can be placed in the recycling bin

Clear Meat Trays

Plastic clear meat trays can be placed in the recycling bin.

Cooking Oil Containers

Empty plastic cooking oil containers can be placed in the recycling bin with lids removed.

Deodorant Roll-Ons

Plastic deodorant roll-ons can be placed in the recycling bin.

Detergent Bottles

Empty plastic detergent bottles can be placed in the recycling bin with lids removed.

Food Trays

Plastic food trays can be placed in the recycling bin. Polystyrene food trays go in the rubbish bin.

Hair Product Containers

Empty plastic hair product containers can be placed in the recycling bin.

Ice Cream Containers

Empty plastic ice cream containers can be placed in the recycling bin.

Laundry Detergent Bottles

Empty plastic laundry detergent bottles can be placed in the recycling bin with lids removed.

Lunch Boxes

Plastic lunch boxes can be placed in the recycling bin.

Margarine and Butter Containers

Empty plastic margarine and butter containers can be placed in the recycling bin.

Milk Containers

Empty plastic milk containers can be placed in the recycling bin with lids removed.

Cardboard milk cartons cannot be recycled and need to go in the rubbish bin.

Plastic Bottles and Containers (marked 3,4, 6 or 7)

Plastic bottles and containers numbered 3,4, 6 or 7 cannot be recycled. Place in the rubbish bin.

Plastic Bottles and Containers (without a number)

Plastic bottles and containers without a number cannot be recycled in the kerbside recycling bin. Place in the rubbish bin.

Plastic Cutlery

Plastic cutlery cannot be recycled. Place in the rubbish bin.

Plastic Lids and Caps

Plastic lids and caps smaller than a credit card cannot be recycled in the kerbside recycling bin. Plastic lids should be removed from bottles and containers and placed in the rubbish bin.

Plastic lids and caps larger than a credit card can be placed in the recycling bin. 

Lids4Kids – Western Victoria has collection points for plastic lids across the region including community centres, charity shops and businesses. Check out the Lids4 Kids – Western Victoria website for details and locations of collection points.

Plastic Plant Pots

Plastic plant pots can be placed in the recycling bin. Black plastic plant pits need to be placed in the recycling bin. 

Polystyrene

Polystyrene cannot be recycled in the kerbside recycling collection. Place in the rubbish bin.

Reusable Containers

Plastic reusable containers can be placed in the recycling bin.

Recyclables Containers (with liquid or food)

Recyclables with liquid or food still inside the container cannot be recycled. Scrap the containers clean before placing in the recycling bin.

Shampoo and Conditioner Bottles

Empty plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles can be placed in the recycling bin.

Soft Plastics

Soft plastics including bags and films found on containers cannot be recycled in the kerbside recycling collection.

To recycle soft plastics, drop them off at specially marked recycling bins at the front of most Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.

Takeaway Containers

Empty plastic takeaway containers can be placed in the recycling bin.

Tupperware

Plastic Tupperware can be placed in the recycling bin.

Vegetable Punnets

Plastic vegetable punnets can be placed in the recycling bin.

Vitamin and Medicine Bottles

Plastic vitamin and medicine bottles can be placed in the recycling bin with lids removed.

Place plastic lids that are bigger than a credit card in the recycling bin. Place smaller lids in the rubbish bin. Metal lids can be placed in the recycling bin.

Water Bottles

Plastic water bottles can be placed in the recycling bin with lids removed.

Yoghurt Containers

Empty plastic yoghurt containers can be placed in the recycling bin.

Aluminium foil lids must be separated and collected. When you have enough foil to reach at least 2 inches in size (roughly the size of a tennis ball) you can then deposit in the recycling bin to be captured at the Material Recovery Facility.

Cardboard and Paper
Advertising Material

Advertising material can be placed in the recycling bin.

Books

Books can be placed in the recycling bin.

Coffee Cups

Only plastic lids with the number 1, 2 or 5 can go in the recycling bin, Coffee cups, black plastic lids or those with the number 6 or 7 go in the garbage bin.

Reduce production and consumption of single-use coffee cups by using a reusable cup.

Deli/Butchers Paper

Place deli and butchers paper in the rubbish bin.

Juice, Milk and Stock Containers

Cardboard and long-life juice, milk and stock cartons cannot be recycled and need to go in the rubbish bin. Place plastic lids that are bigger than a credit card in the recycling bin. Place smaller lids in the rubbish bin.

Magazines

Magazines can be placed in the recycling bin.

Newspapers

Newspapers can be placed in the recycling bin.

Envelopes

Envelopes can be placed in the recycling bin.

Gift Wrapping Paper

Gift wrapping paper can be placed in the recycling bin.

Office Paper

Office paper can be placed in the recycling bin.

Phone Books

Phone books can be placed in the recycling bin.

Brown Cardboard

Brown cardboard can be placed in the recycling bin.

Laundry Powder Boxes

Empty laundry powder boxes can be placed in the recycling bin.

Biscuit Boxes

Empty cardboard biscuit boxes can be placed in the recycling bin.

Cereal Boxes

Empty cardboard cereal boxes can be placed in the recycling bin.

Boxes

Empty cardboard boxes can be placed in the recycling bin.

Egg Cartons

Empty cardboard egg cartons can be placed in the recycling bin.

Greeting Cards

Greeting cards can be placed in the recycling bin.

Paper Bags

Paper bags can be placed in the recycling bin.

Paper Plates

Paper plates can be placed in the recycling bin.

Paper Towel Rolls

Paper towel rolls can be placed in the recycling bin.

Toilet Paper Rolls

Toilet paper rolls can be placed in the recycling bin.

Pizza Boxes

Separate the bottom from the top.

Place the top of the pizza box in the recycling bin.

Place the greasy bottom of the box in the rubbish bin.

Tissue Boxes

Tissue boxes can be placed in the recycling bin.

Soiled Cardboard

Soiled cardboard from grease or food items, including greasy pizza boxes and paper plates cannot be recycled. Place in the rubbish bin.

If the top of the pizza box is not greasy, tear it off and place the top of the pizza box in the recycling bin.

Tetra Pak

Tetra Paks cannot be recycled and need to go in the rubbish bin.

Waxed Boxes and Cardboard

Waxed boxes and cardboard cannot be recycled and need to go in the rubbish bin.

E-Waste and Batteries
Households Batteries

Household batteries are classified as e-waste and cannot be placed in any kerbside bin. Household batteries can be recycled by dropping them into collection bins at the following locations:

 

Golden Plains Civic Centre 2 Pope Street, Bannockburn

Rokewood Resource Recovery Centre - 141 Meadows Road, Rokewood

The Well - 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale

Ballarat Transfer Station - 119 Gillies Street South, Alfredton

Geelong Transfer Station - 100 Douro Street, North Geelong

Aldi supermarkets offer a free battery recycling service at all their Australian stores. Any brand of AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries (both rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are accepted.

Office Works stores offer a free battery recycling service. AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries (both rechargeable and non-rechargeable), as well as laptop and mobile phones batteries are accepted.

Car Batteries

Car batteries cannot be placed in any kerbside bin. You can take car batteries to:

Rokewood Resource Recovery Centre - 141 Meadows Road, Rokewood

Ballarat Transfer Station - 119 Gillies Street South, Alfredton

Geelong Transfer Station - 100 Douro Street, North Geelong

E-Waste

E-waste cannot be placed in any kerbside bin. Small e-waste items can be dropped off for free at Council’s Bannockburn and Smythesdale Customer Service Centre. Larger items can be taken to the following locations:

Rokewood Resource Recovery Centre - 141 Meadows Road, Rokewood

Ballarat Transfer Station - 119 Gillies Street South, Alfredton

Geelong Transfer Station - 100 Douro Street, North Geelong

Other Materials
Bagged Recyclables

Bagged recyclables cause contamination and will result in your recyclables being sent to landfill. Keep your recyclable material loose in your recycling bin.

To recycle empty plastic bags, drop them off at specially marked recycling bins at the front of most Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.

Bagged General Waste

Bagged general waste cause contamination. Place bagged general waste in the rubbish bin.

To recycle empty plastic bags, drop them off at specially marked recycling bins at the front of most Coles and Woolworths supermarkets.

Ceramics

Ceramics cannot be recycled. Place ceramics in the rubbish bin.

Florescent Globes/Other Globes

Florescent globes cannot be recycled through kerbside recycling bins. Florescent globes can be recycled by dropping them into collection bins at the following locations:

Rokewood Resource Recovery Centre - 141 Meadows Road, Rokewood

Ballarat Transfer Station - 119 Gillies Street South, Alfredton

Geelong Transfer Station - 100 Douro Street, North Geelong   

Household Chemicals

Household chemicals cannot be placed in any kerbside bin and cannot be poured down the sink. Take household chemicals to City of Ballarat’s Gillies Street Transfer Station in South Ballarat or attend a Detox Your Home event organised by City of Greater Geelong on a regular basis.

Napkins and Serviettes

Place napkins and serviettes in the rubbish bin.

Nappies

Nappies cannot be recycled. Place nappies in the rubbish bin.

Personal Hygiene Products

Place personal hygiene products including tampons and pads in the rubbish bin.

Food and Garden Organics

Golden Plains Shire does not currently have a green waste or food and garden organics collection service. Many residents compost food and garden organics at home, and compost bins are available at wholesale prices in two sizes. Read more here.

If you are unable to compost at home, food and garden organics can be placed in the rubbish bin.

Paint

Paint cannot be placed in any kerbside bin and cannot be poured down the sink. Take unwanted paint tins to City of Ballarat’s Transfer Station or to City of Greater Geelong's Transfer Station.

Medicines

Medicines cannot be placed in any kerbside bin. Remove out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy (through the Returned Unused Medicines project).

Rubber

Rubber cannot be recycled in the kerbside recycling collection. Place in the rubbish bin.

Sharps

Sharps and clinical waste cannot be recycled. Sharp containers can be placed in a sharps collection bin located at the Golden Plains Civic Centre in Bannockburn.

Textiles, Clothes and Rags

Textiles, clothes and rags cannot be recycled. Place in the rubbish bin.

If your unwanted clothing still has life in it, please consider taking it to an op shop.

Toys

Toys cannot be recycled. Place in the rubbish bin.

If your unwanted toy still has life in it, please consider taking it to an op shop.

Wood

Treated and untreated wood cannot be recycled in the kerbside recycling bin. Place small wooden items in the rubbish bin and take larger untreated wood to:

Rokewood Resource Recovery Centre - 141 Meadows Road, Rokewood

Ballarat Transfer Station - 119 Gillies Street South, Alfredton

Geelong Transfer Station - 100 Douro Street, North Geelong

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