Waste

Local government kerbside recycling services


What you can recycle

For information on what you can recycle via your kerbside recycling bin, see the Get It Right on Bin Night website.

2014–15 report on local government kerbside recycling services

Each year, EPA reports on the performance of local government kerbside recycling services in Victoria.

This is done under clause 16 of the Waste Management Policy (Used Packaging Materials).

This information is also reported by other states and territories under the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure.

Victoria’s 2014–15 report is based on information collected by Sustainability Victoria from all 79 Victorian local governments.

Kerbside recycling services provided*

Container type and collection frequency Metro**  Non-metro Total no.
120 L commingled weekly 4 2 6
240 L (containers) fortnightly & tied bundle (paper) monthly 0 2 2
240 L commingled fortnightly 26 43 69
240 L commingled weekly 1 1 2
Total 31 48 79

* Some councils offer more than one type of kerbside recycling service. This table shows the predominant/default service.

** Mornington Peninsula is now included in metro figures; previously it was non-metro.

  • Other type of recycling service – 49 councils reported drop-off services.
  • Total premises/households – 2,564,499
    • residential – 2,348,927
    • non-residential – 215,572

Households/premises serviced by recycling collection Kerbside Drop-off
Residential 2,333,265 783,238
Non-residential 86,159 82,487
Total 2,419,424 865,725

Annual fee charged for recycling service***

  • Residential
    • $113.78 (average)
    • $84.00 (median)
  • Non-residential
    • $113.18 (average)
    • $84.00 (median)

*** Not all councils provided information on this fee.

Annual per-premises cost to council to provide service

  • Residential**** – $27.46
  • Non-residential – N/A

**** Includes residential and non-residential properties serviced

  • Proportion of households with access to recycling service – 94%
  • Average participation rate – 88%

Amounts of materials collected and recovered or disposed of (in tonnes)

Table 1: Amounts of materials collected at the kerbside, sent for secondary use/energy recovery and contamination (waste) disposed of to landfill (in tonnes, 2014–15)

Item Collected Recycled Residual
Total packaging paper 110,063 104,951 5,112
Total non-packaging paper 246,905 233,413 13,492
Total glass 162,976 152,248 10,728
Total plastics 51,410 47,219 4,192
Total aluminium 6,004 5,511 493
Total steel 14,333 13,223 1,110
Total 591,690 556,564 35,126

Table 2: Amounts of materials dropped off, sent for secondary use/energy recovery and contamination (waste) disposed of to landfill (in tonnes, 2014–15)

Item Collected Recycled Residual
Total packaging paper 6,366 6,226 140
Total non-packaging paper 6,119 6,079 40
Total glass 2,956 2,871 85
Total plastics 1,184 1,095 89
Total aluminium 199 199 0
Total steel 1,670 1,600 70
Total 18,493 17,412 1,081

Previous reporting

For annual reporting periods prior to 2011–12, this information was published in the National Environment Protection Council’s (NEPC’s) annual reports. They are available at the NEPC’s website.

Page last updated on 18 Jan 2016