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Recycling and waste guide

Read our standard guide to recycling and waste to find about what goes in which bin, what you can recycle and how to dispose of different types of waste.

What goes in which bin?

What materials can I place in my garbage bin?

• Household waste, non-compostable food waste, (meat, fish, poultry, scraps and bones)
• Nappies
• Polystyrene or foam trays
• Broken glassware and crockery
• Broken mirrors, incandescent light bulbs and glass

What materials can’t I place in my garbage bin?

DO NOT place any of the following items in your garbage bin:

• Garden clippings, lawn clippings or weeds
• Syringes
• Gas bottles
• Paints or solvents
• Bricks, rubble, timber or tiles
• Pesticides or chemicals

What can I recycle?

• Steel cans including aerosol cans, aluminium cans and aluminium foil
• Milk, juice and egg cartons (NOT Tetra Paks)
• Cardboard and paper
• Glass bottles and jars
• Rigid plastic containers and bottles

Tip: Give your recyclables a quick scrape or rinse before they go in the bin, just to remove excess food.

What can’t I recycle?

DO NOT place any of the following items in your recycling bin:

• Plastic wrap, bags or packaging
• Syringes
• Food waste
• Clothing and material
• Polystyrene
• Household waste
• Green waste - garden or lawn clippings
• Broken glass, mirror or ceramics
• Light globes
• Nappies
• Tetra Pak containers e.g. plasticized cardboard cartons like long life milk containers
• E-waste any item with a plug, battery or power cord that is no longer working or wanted e.g. keyboard, laptop, power drill
• Gas bottles

Recyclables that can't go in your household bin

There are some items that cannot go in your household recycling bin that can still be recycled if you take them to the right place. See a list of these items and their drop off locations below.

E-waste: Castlemaine and Maldon Transfer Stations (fees apply)
Batteries: Castlemaine Transfer Station
Light bulbs: Council office, Mount Alexander Sustainability Group and Castlemaine Transfer Station
White goods: Take to Castlemaine Transfer Station for recycling (fees apply)
Gas bottles: Take to Castlemaine Transfer Station for recycling (fees apply)
Plastic bags: For a list of locations collecting plastic bags visiting Recycling Near You

If you would like more information about recycling, please read our Guide to Residential Recycling and Waste Services. It has a comprehensive list of waste products and how to dispose of them.

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