A to Z waste and recycling guide

Landfill is the last place you want to send waste. Many waste items can be recycled and made into new products, saving valuable resources, energy and landfill space.

This guide lists a range of common household and garden items, and how you can recycle or safely dispose of them. Fees may apply, so contact businesses directly to check before you drop anything off.

Find out where you can take other items at Planet Ark's Recycling Near You website or search the Sustainability Victoria website.

Does your business or community group offer a recycling service to Cardinia Shire residents? If so, thank you! Please contact our Waste and Resource Recovery team at mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au or 1300 787 624 to be added to this guide.

Acids

Detox Your Home collection
Free disposal of household chemicals. Visit Sustainability Victoria for collection dates and locations.

Aerosols

Kerbside recycling bin

Agriculture chemicals

Detox Your Home collection
Free disposal of household chemicals. Visit Sustainability Victoria for collection dates and locations.

ChemClear

Visit the ChemClear website to register chemicals for disposal.

Aluminium cans

Kerbside recycling bin

Aluminium foil/trays

Kerbside recycling bin

Note: Scrunch foil into a golf ball size.

Asbestos Visit the Asbestos Victoria website for disposal locations and instructions.

Batteries

E-waste

Biscuit trays

Kerbside recycling bin

Bottles (plastic, glass)

Kerbside recycling bin

Bricks and masonry

Materials accepted for a fee. See transfer stations.

Bubble wrap

Take soft plastics to Coles or Woolworths. Visit REDcycle to find your nearest participating store.

Cans (Steel, aluminium)

Kerbside recycling bin

Cardboard

 

Kerbside recycling bin

Some transfer stations also accept cardboard for free.

Carpet

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Clothing/textiles

Sell or donate if in good condition

If damaged recycle at clothing retailers H&M and Zara

Computers and computer parts

E-waste

DrumMuster drums

Drum Muster is held twice a year at the Council depot, 18 Purton Road, Pakenham. Visit Drum Muster for dates and additional locations.

Dishwasher/ Dryer 

See ‘Whitegoods’ section

Doors (internal)

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Drain cleaner

Detox Your Home collection
Free disposal of household chemicals. Visit the Sustainability Victoria website for collection dates and locations.

DVDs & CDs

E-waste

E-waste (Electronic waste: any item with a plug, battery or cord at the end of its useful life)

E-waste

Fertiliser

Detox Your Home collection
Free disposal of household chemicals. Visit the Sustainability Victoria website for collection dates and locations.

Fire extinguishers

Detox Your Home collection
Free disposal of household chemicals. Visit the Sustainability Victoria website for collection dates and locations.

Fluorescent lightglobes See lightglobes

Foam underlay

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Food pouches (yoghurt or baby food)

Kerbside rubbish bin

Food waste

Compost bin or worm farm
Rebates are available to residents. Check waste rebates and discounts for details.

 

Kerbside rubbish bin

Furniture

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Garden/green waste

Kerbside green waste bin

 

Compost bin or worm farm
Rebates are available to residents. Check waste rebates and discounts for details.

 

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

 

Green waste drop-off days

Gas bottles and cylinders 

Exchange programs include Elgas’ SWAP’n’GO and Kleenheat’s Kwik-Gas. Check Recycling Near You for additional drop-off points.

Glass bottles and jars

Kerbside recycling bin

Glasses (spectacles/sunglasses)

Check if your eye clinic will take old glasses back for recycling.

Hewitt Eco-House, Koo Wee Rup Hospital also accept old glasses for recycling.

Glass windows, cups, mirrors, table tops

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Note: Glass and mirrors must be securely wrapped and labelled.

Green reusable bags

Take soft plastics to Coles or Woolworths. Visit REDcycle to find your nearest participating store.

Hot water units

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Hose (garden hose)

Kerbside rubbish bin

Household chemicals, liquids and hazardous waste

Detox Your Home collection
Free disposal of household chemicals. Visit the Sustainability Victoria website for collection dates and locations.

Ink cartridges

See ‘Printer cartridges’

Jars (glass or plastic) 

Kerbside recycling bin

Jar lids (metal or plastic)

Kerbside recycling bin

Laptops

E-waste

Light globes

Sustainability Victoria will recycle fluorescent light globes at their drop-off sites.

 

Other drop-off points (regular and compact flourescent only): Hewitt Eco-House and IKEA Springvale

Mattresses

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Some transfer stations may accept mattresses for a fee.

Medicines (old)

Dispose of old pharmaceuticals safely by returning them to your local pharmacy/chemist.

Mirrors

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Note: Glass and mirrors must be securely wrapped and labelled.

Mobile phones

E-waste

Needles

See ‘Syringes’

Ovens / stoves

See ‘Whitegoods’

Paint

The Future Recycling Transfer Station in Pakenham accepts all paint products as part of the Paintback program.

Paint tins (empty)

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Note: Paint tin lids must be removed.

Paper

Kerbside recycling bin

Pizza boxes

Clean boxes or lids can go in your kerbside recycling bin

 

Oily boxes should go into your compost bin or your kerbside rubbish bin

Plasterboard

Local transfer stations

Plastic (hard) such as containers and bottles

Kerbside recycling bin

Plastic (soft)

See ‘Soft plastics’

Polystyrene

Monash Transfer Station & Recycling Centre will recycle polystyrene (no cost for under half a cubic metre). Visit the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group website for other drop-off locations.

Printer, ink and toner cartridges

Cartridges 4 Planet Ark collection boxes are located in the Cardinia Shire Customer Service Centre and all Australia Post and Officeworks stores. Visit Cartridges 4 Planet Ark for more locations.

Scrap metal

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Silage wrap

Drouin Waste Recyclers

Smoke alarms

E-waste

Soft plastics

Take soft plastics to Coles or Woolworths. Visit REDcycle to find your nearest participating store.

Steel cans

Kerbside recycling bin

Syringes

Syringe disposal exchange service
Please report any needles you find to customer service on 1300 787 624

Televisions/TVs

E-waste

Timber

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

Toothbrushes

Emerald Community House (356-358 Belgrave-Gembrook Road) have a drop off station. Visit TerraCycle for more locations.

 

Kerbside rubbish bin

Tyres

Local transfer stations

Tyre retailers and businesses may also accept unwanted tyres.

Whitegoods (washing machine, dryers, dishwasher, fridge, freezer)

Hard and bundled green waste collection
Held twice a year. Check the web page for upcoming dates.

 

Tip: When purchasing new whitegoods, ask the retailer if they offer recycling services for items you’re replacing.