Waste and recycling during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: 30 November 2020

Waste transfer stations are open

Need to dispose of a broken table, tree prunings or other items?

Some restrictions have eased, and council waste and recycling facilities – including collection, treatment, disposal and transfer stations – are now open in Victoria. Find your nearest facility.

The facilities are operating under COVIDSafe plans. We can do our part in maintaining a safe environment:

  • If someone in your household has coronavirus (COVID-19), put affected items inside a plastic or paper bag, seal the bag and place it in your rubbish bin.
  • When visiting a waste transfer station, please observe directions and instructions.

What can go into your bins

It can be confusing about what can be put in our bins. This is especially so when it comes to items we do not normally use, such as masks and disposable gloves.

Remember, your home recycling bin is just one step in the recycling journey and there are many ways to recycle.

Face masks and gloves must be put in the rubbish bin

Single-use (disposable) masks, reusable cloth masks and gloves must be put in the rubbish bin.

When disposing of face masks, cut the ear loops first. This helps prevent wildlife from getting entangled.

If someone in your household has coronavirus (COVID-19), put the mask in a plastic or paper bag, seal the bag and place it in your rubbish bin.

Tip for reducing waste: Use locally-made cloth masks and you can support local businesses at the same time.

Batteries must be taken to recycling drop-off points

You cannot put batteries in any recycling or rubbish bin.

When batteries overheat, break or are punctured, they can start a fire. Batteries and other e-waste have been banned from landfill since 2019.

As batteries contain valuable, reusable materials, we should recycle them. You can:

Coffee cups and lids can only be recycled at certain places

You cannot put them in your recycling bin.

They cannot be recycled by the existing machinery at processing facilities. Standard coffee cups are made from liquid paperboard. That’s a mix of paper and a thin layer of plastic to make it waterproof. At the moment, processing of liquid paperboard is not very effective so when coffee cups are put in the recycling bin, they contaminate the other items to be recycled.

The lids are too small to be sorted by machines at most processing facilities.

To recycle, you can drop them off at a participating 7-Eleven stores.

Tip for reducing waste: Use a reusable cup where possible. Check with your coffee shop to see if they can accept it.

Drop off chemicals at ‘Detox your Home’ events

Need to dispose of detergents, cooking oil or other unwanted toxic household chemicals?

Drop them off for free at a Detox Your Home event.

Some items that can be accepted are:

  • rat poison
  • nail polish and remover
  • fertiliser
  • coolant.

For the full list, check what’s accepted and what’s not.

Find your nearest Detox your Home event and register to attend.