Bins and waste management

Did you know that Maribyrnong City Council collects over 28,000 tonnes of household waste every year? Last year alone Council collected 19,323 tonnes of garbage, 7,428 tonnes of recycling and 2,153 tonnes of green waste.

Managing that much waste is no easy task, which is why we ask for your help to place the right items in your bin, so that we can save natural resources and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Know your bin

So you can identify each of our bins we use a bin colour coding system which makes it easy to make sure you are putting the right thing in the right bin.

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A recycling bin can be identified by the bright yellow lid.

For your green waste, look for the bin with the lime green lid.

Your general waste bin has a *bright red lid.

Now that you know the difference between your three bins, click on a bin to find out what kinds of waste items go into each one.

 *Older general waste bins may have a dark green lid.


To help you help us reuse and recycle as much of our waste as we can, and protect our natural resources, here are some items that can and can't go into the recycling bin.

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  • Aluminium cans
  • Old newspapers and magazines
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Printed promotional material (junk mail) and envelopes
  • Hard plastic bottles and containers
  • Clean plastic plant pots
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Plastic bags and soft plastic film like glad wrap
  • Unwanted clothing items like shoes and jumpers
  • Garden waste
  • Food scraps
  • Batteries and broken electronics
  • Smashed or broken glassware or plates


To help us turn your garden waste into new soil and compost rich in nutrients that gardens love, below are some things that you can and cannot put in your green waste bin.

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  • Weeds
  • Plant clippings from pruning
  • Grass
  • Tree leaves
  • Small branches
  • Plastic bags or plant pots
  • Branches over 30cm long
  • Dog or cat droppings
  • Deceased pets or other animals
  • Hoses and other garden equipment 

General waste

Below is a list of some of the things that can be put in your general waste bin and some of the things that you can't put in your general waste bin.

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  • Soft plastics, wrappers and plastic bags
  • Disposable nappies
  • Broken kitchenware like glasses and plates
  • Broken cookware like pyrex dishes
  • Take-away food containers
  • Recyclable items like milk cartons
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminium cans
  • Paper
  • Recyclable glass bottles
  • Asbestos or building waste

Below you will find the most frequently asked about topics in relation to bins and waste management. If you still have questions or would like to speak someone about bin and waste management please contact us.

General waste bins are collected once a week.

Recycling bins and green waste bins are collected once a fortnight (on alternating weeks).

To find out when your next collection service download Council's free Maribyrnong Bins & Recycling App, or visit the My Neighbourhood page.

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 accessways like 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, where possible, on the day of collection to keep your street clear of obstacles.

 There are no rubbish collections on the following public holidays:

  1. Good Friday
  2. Christmas Day
  3. New Year’s Eve.

If your usual collection falls on any of these public holidays your collection will occur the next day.

All other public holidays do not effect rubbish collection services and they will occur as normal.

We’ll place a notice on our website to remind you closer to each of the dates and also post information via our social media networks.

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 need to complete one of our easy online forms that you can complete at your convenience.

Please note that there are costs associated with some bin and waste services which are explained on the form if costs are applicable.

Visit the Forms for bins and waste services page

Drop off Hubs

Residents can now drop off unwanted, broken or torn clothing, textiles and electrical goods at one of Council's free drop-off hubs located across the city.

What can I drop off?

Clothing drop-off hubs

All textile and clothing items can be dropped off at our hubs even if they are torn and no good for re-use. Materials collected are sorted and then sent for re-use, are recycled, or used as an alternate fuel source.

Electrical drop-off hubs

The electrical goods drop-off hubs accept all small electrical items that have a cord in tact. Only small items can be accepted so large household appliances such as televisions cannot be accepted.

Visit our Clothing and electrical drop-off hubs page

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

Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the rules about hard rubbish collections before you book as there are no exceptions. Your 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.

View the hard rubbish collection rules and book a collection

If you live in a complex of more than 10 residencies, your bins and waste management including hard rubbish collections are arranged on your behalf by the owners' corporation or the building manager.

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

Your owners' corporation or building manager will inform you of the way waste services are managed for your complex and advise you of the details for your one free, yearly hard rubbish collection. This ensures that a coordinated approach is taken to waste management for your complex.

If you have household chemicals or paints that you would like to dispose of, Detox Your Home provide a free drop off service. Visit the Detox your Home website for information on the latest Detox Your Home collection timetable.

There is also a permanent Detox Your Home facility in the Western suburbs located at Brimbank City Council Depot, Stadium Drive, Keilor Park. Hours of operation are 9am-1pm Monday to Saturday. Items accepted for collection include, paints, batteries, fuels and used oil, weed killer, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, car batteries, gas cylinders and fire extinguishers.


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