How to manage and recycle household waste. Includes landfills, hazardous waste and how to report litter.
Help protect our environment by disposing of your household waste in the right way
Waste is anything around the home that we don’t use anymore, and we've discarded. Waste can also be a form of pollution. If it is not disposed of in the right way, household waste can harm human health and the environment.
You can report illegal waste and littering to EPA. This includes the dumping of waste on unlicensed properties, tyre stockpiling, or rubbish thrown from a vehicle.
Local councils collect household (municipal) waste and recycling through kerbside collections. It is an important part of our waste management system, and there are things you can do to help.
There are schemes to help prevent products like household chemicals and paint going to landfill.
You must manage industrial waste in the right way, especially if it's:
If you hire a skip bin to get rid of waste, it’s your responsibility to check that it goes to a licensed receiver or disposal site. This is part of your general environmental duty (GED) that applies to all Victorians.
If you have hired a company to help you dispose of waste, it is still your responsibility to ensure your waste is going to the right place.
COVID-19 is spread from person to person. The most likely sources of infection are from:
Wash your hands straight after handling disposable items (like used tissues) or items that may have become mixed with them (for example if items were in the same bin as used tissues, etc).
If you take your bin to the kerb, make sure you wash your hands before and after you bring it back in.
Reviewed 27 September 2021