THE QUESTION IS – What can go in your bins? Have you got it right?

With the changes that are happening in Bayside currently and switching the bin you put food waste in, I have put together the information below, courtesy of the Bayside City Council, as a little refresher on what goes where.

Before we get to that, as a side note – ‘Bayside Waste Audits’ – I have been told that they are not happening at present but there have been audits in the past and there will be more in the future.  ‘Bayside Waste Audits’ are where an inspector randomly selects streets within Bayside and opens up full recycling bins, belonging to residents, and has a look through to see if the correct items are in there and leaves a sticker with advice as to whether you have recycled properly or not. I wonder if failing to recycle properly will result in a fine in the future?  Obviously this is not the main reason we need and want to make sure we know which rubbish goes where, but it’s another point to note.

SO THE QUESTION IS – What can go in your bins? Have you got it right?

Bayside residents receive a fortnightly recycling service, a weekly waste service and an optional fortnightly food and green waste service replacing green waste.

Getting the right items in the right bin will ensure as much of it is recycled and composted as possible.


Green waste is currently in the process of changing to the new food and green waste service. Simply put your bin out as usual to ensure your red lid is changed over to the new green one. Bayside City Council will also deliver a Food and Green Waste Recycling Starter Kit including a kitchen caddy, compostable bags and information pack to help you get started.

So what goes into the FOOD & GREEN WASTE BIN?

  • Meat and bones
  • Fruit, citrus and vegetable scraps
  • Seafood including shells
  • Dairy leftovers including cheese
  • Bread, pasta, cereal and rice
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds and loose leaf tea
  • Paper towels, newspaper and tissues
  • Cooking oil
  • Grass clippings
  • Flowers
  • Small branches
  • Weeds
  • Garden prunings

You must use the compost bags and not biodegradable or plastic bags to ensure your food and green waste is composted successfully.

The food and green waste will be sent to an organics facility and turned into a high-quality compost which will be used by Victorian farmers. This aids the growth of fresh food and reduces the amount of damaging methane gases created by food rotting in landfill.

For more information on what happens from here (as it’s quite the process), jump on the Bayside City Council website and have a read, it’s very interesting.


Remember, everything that you place in your garbage bin goes to landfill. Minimise your waste by using food and green waste and recycling.


  • Broken glass
  • Polystyrene
  • Nappies
  • Broken pyrex and ceramics
  • Kitty litter
  • Dog and cat droppings
  • Glossy, waxed or coated paper
  • Sticky labels off fruit and vegetables
  • Coffee cups (including biodegradable or compostable)
  • Biodegradable or compostable cutlery
  • Cigarette butts
  • Vacuum dust
  • Icy pole sticks

Note: Plastic bags and other soft plastics (can also be taken to major supermarkets, Bayside City Council Corporate Centre (76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham) and Beaumaris Library)



  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminium, steel cans and trays
  • Cartons
  • Plastics numbered 1-7


Place items loosely in your recycling bin. Do not put items in plastic bags.

If you can scrunch plastic, it can’t go in your recycling bin.

It’s okay to leave the lid on plastics, but take lids off glass jars and throw them in separately.


And the advice from PLANETARK website is ‘If in doubt, leave it out. Wish-cycling doesn’t work. Putting the wrong thing in the wrong bin can ruin your recycling efforts.”

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