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.

2015-16 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 2015–16 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 – 2,445,698
    • residential – 2,356,355
    • non-residential – 89,343

Households/premises serviced by recycling collection Kerbside Drop-off
Residential 2,356,355 880,693
Non-residential 89,343 86,462
Total 2,445,698 967,155

Annual per-premises cost to council to provide service

  • Residential*** – $35.05
  • Non-residential – N/A

 *** Includes residential and non-residential properties serviced

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

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, 2015–16)

Item Collected Recycled Residual
Total packaging paper 113,971 113,055 916
Total non-packaging paper 234,472 217,039 17,433
Total glass 170,534 161,725 8,808
Total plastics 52,271 48,519 3,751
Total aluminium 5,547 5,370 177
Total steel 13,657 13,263 394
Total 590,451 558,972 31,479

Table 2: Amounts of materials dropped off, sent for secondary use/energy recovery and contamination (waste) disposed of to landfill (in tonnes, 2015–16)

Item Collected Recycled Residual
Total packaging paper 11,952 10,590 1,362
Total non-packaging paper 2,132 1,897 235
Total glass 1,890 1,861 29
Total plastics 727 638 89
Total aluminium 177 167 10
Total steel 1,933 1,464 470
Total 18,811 16,694 2,117

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 16 Aug 2017