Bins and recycling

What goes in my bin

Find out what items you can place in your mixed recycling bin, your food and garden organics bin and your general rubbish bin below. 

What goes in your mixed recycling bin?
What goes in your food and garden organics bin?
What goes in your general rubbish bin?


Bin calendar

A-Z guide


Waste reduction programs

Find out how you can take action to reduce your waste at home through our different waste reduction programs, like:

  • Compost Community program
  • Love Food Hate Waste program
  • Reducing Single Use Plastics
  • Electrical and clothing waste recycling hubs
  • Waste education visits for schools
  • Detox your home - free chemical drop off program.

Waste reduction programs

Bin rules

Bins out

Bins must be out by 5.30am on the day of collection. You must place your bins on the kerb or on the nature strip half a metre apart, and allow one metre at either end to allow for safe collection. It is important that bins do not block driveways or footpaths.

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We recommend that you put your bins out the night before collection after 6pm, to allow for peak traffic and pedestrian flows to subside.

If your bin is not put out on time, or if they are not placed appropriately, your rubbish will not be collected until your next scheduled collection service.

Bins In

Bins should be returned to properties by 6pm on the day of collection to keep your street clear of obstacles.


Hard rubbish collections

Council provides one free hard rubbish collection service per property each calendar year which you must book in advance. We collect up to 2m3 of combined hard and metal waste, and up to 4m3 of green waste per collection. Additional collections may be booked for a fee.

Please ensure that you read the rules about hard rubbish collections before you book, as hard rubbish will not be collected if you do not observe the rules.

If we don't take your hard rubbish items you will be left a knock back notice in your letterbox to explain why. In these circumstances you will need to make another booking and pay the fee again. Council does not reimburse anyone found to be in breach of the hard rubbish collection rules.

Book a collection


To help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government banned all e-waste from going to landfill as of 1 July 2019. That means, e-waste can’t go in any bin.

Council provides seven drop off hubs across the municipality so that residents can recycle their e-waste and save these items from going to landfill.

 Find our more here

Battery disposal

All types of household batteries cannot be disposed of in any kerbside bin – they contain toxic metals and when they are compressed in collection trucks or come into contact with other metal, they can overheat or become punctured, causing rubbish loads to catch fire in trucks or at the sorting facility.

There are many places in and close to the City of Maribyrnong where you can drop off old household rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries for free, so that they can be recycled safely.

Council’s Recycling Stations

Recycling stations have been installed at a range of Council facilities including the Braybrook Community Hub, Maribyrnong Community Centre, and Maidstone Community Centre to make it easier for you to recycle household items while you’re out and about in the community or visiting our facilities.

These stations allow you to recycle household quantities of batteries such as AA, AAA, C, D, 9V and button cell batteries, as well as other items including lightbulbs, old CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and cassettes, X rays, old pens, textas and stationary. Click here for more information.


AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries can be recycled at Aldi stores.


AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries, laptop batteries, mobile phone batteries, camera and cordless power tool batteries, and button cell batteries can be recycled at Bunnings.


AA, AAA, C, D and 9V sized batteries, laptop batteries and mobile phone batteries can be recycled at Officeworks.

Local waste transfer stations and drop-off points

Other household batteries including single use batteries and batteries in toys and appliances can be disposed of at local waste drop-off points and transfer stations.

To locate a retailer, waste transfer station or drop-off point near you, visit Council’s Where to Recycle map.

Remember, using rechargeable batteries is a great alternative that helps reduce the amount of battery waste, as they can be used repeatedly. 

Tips on storing your batteries safely

Used batteries are potentially hazardous if stored in the wrong conditions, so if you are storing used batteries at home before recycling, remember to:

  • Keep batteries out of reach of children. Button cells and small batteries can be swallowed, causing choking and chemical burns.
  • Be cautious when changing batteries and check for damages or leaks. Some materials inside batteries are toxic and could result in poisoning.
  • Keep batteries in a cool, dry place at room temperature and away from sunlight, heat and water. This may result in leakage of toxic materials.
  • Place individual batteries in a container or jar to reduce fire risk. Tape over the terminals of any lithium-based batteries, such as button cells, phone, camera and laptop batteries, or batteries with both terminals on one side (for example 9V batteries).

Transfer Stations have different opening hours and accepted items, so please contact the station before you visit and visit the website for more information at

For disposal of other batteries, including car batteries and other battery sizes, please visit the Recycling Near You website to find your nearest drop off point:

Visit the website to download the Maribyrnong Bins and Recycling app to locate the recycling drop off point nearest to you and check which items they accept:

Plastic recycling rules

Find out what types of plastic can go into your recycling bin.

 Plastic recycling rules

Forms for bins and waste services

If you would like to apply for an additional bin, request a repair to a bin, report a missed rubbish collection, or if you can't locate your bin and want a replacement, you can use one of our easy online forms.

Please note that some waste services can have an associated cost. These are explained on the form if costs are applicable.

Visit the Forms for bins and waste services page


Information for apartments and multi-unit dwellings

If you live in an apartment, unit, or a property with multiple residences, your bin and waste management services (including hard rubbish collections) may be arranged on your behalf by the Owners Corporation or Building Manager.

Council does not currently offer a food and garden waste service for residents in apartment buildings and multi-unit developments. Food and garden waste bins have been provided to all detached or stand-alone residential homes as part of a state-wide initiative and the introduction of food and garden waste services for multi-unit developments will be included in future roll outs.

Residents of multi dwelling complexes of 10 or more residences should not contact Council to arrange individual hard rubbish collections.

Please contact your Owners Corporation or Building Manager who can inform you of the way waste services are managed for your complex, including hard rubbish. This ensures that a coordinated approach is taken to waste management for your building.