How to manage and recycle household waste. Includes landfills, hazardous waste and how to report litter.
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Waste is any material or substance we don’t use anymore, and we've discarded. Waste can cause pollution when it's not disposed in the right way.
Local councils collect household (municipal) waste and recycling through kerbside collections. 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.
There are special rules for some types of waste. You must manage this waste in the right way, especially if it's:
The Victorian Landfill Register lists all currently open and known closed landfills in Victoria. It includes the type and amount of waste accepted.
You can report pollution and littering to EPA. This might include the dumping of waste on unlicensed properties, tyre stockpiles or rubbish thrown from a vehicle.
COVID-19 is spread from person to person most likely through:
Make sure you regularly wash your hands.
If you take your bin to the kerb, make sure you wash your hands before and after you bring it back in.
If you take a bin out on behalf of others make sure you wear gloves and dispose of them appropriately.
For those with Coronavirus (COVID-19), put all of your usual items in your bin which goes out for kerbside collection. Wash your hands afterwards.
Put these disposable items into a sealed plastic or paper bag and place in your bin:
Now put the bag in general waste (not recycle or green waste) for kerbside collection.
Put paper, cardboard and other recyclables that have mixed with the above disposable items into general waste as well.
Wash your hands straight after handling disposable items or items that have become mixed with them.
To help waste collectors:
Reviewed 7 April 2020