Bin Types

Rubbish Bin (Red Lid)

Your kerbside landfill bin is the bin with a red lid and black body and is collected weekly.

Residents have the option of three landfill bin sizes - 80 litre, 120 litre and 240 litre.

Council encourages residents to choose the smallest bin size applicable to their needs (larger bin sizes incur greater fees).

What materials CAN I place in my landfill bin?

This service is for the collection of residual waste from around the home that cannot be reused, recycled or composted, and includes:

  • General household waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Nappies
  • Broken drinking glasses or broken window glass

What materials NOT to place in my landfill bin?

  • Hot ashes or liquids
  • Chemicals
  • Large heavy objects
  • Car batteries
  • Recyclable material (glass bottles and jars, paper, aluminium cans etc)
  • Compostable material (lawn clippings, vegetable scraps, weeds, leaves etc)

What happens to the rubbish after it’s been collected?

All of Greater Shepparton's household rubbish is taken to Cosgrove Landfill, with no further processing to separate out any recyclable material. Do the right thing and use the right bin!

If your bin exceeds 80 kilograms in weight it will NOT be collected. Please remove material prior to the next collection.

Recycle Bin (Yellow Lid)

Your kerbside recycling bin is the bin with a yellow lid and blue body and is collected on alternate fortnights to the organic green waste bin, the same day your garbage is collected.

What material CAN I place in my recycle bin?

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Milk and juice cartons (liquid paperboard)
  • Steel and aluminium cans
  • Newspaper, magazines, mixed paper and cardboard
  • Plastic containers

Recyclable plastic containers are identified with a symbol normally located at the bottom of the container.

You may now include plastics containers numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7, in your recycling bins.

( 1 ) Polyethylene Terephthalate i.e. soft drink bottles
( 2 ) High Density Polyethylene i.e. milk bottles, cordial and juice bottles
( 3 ) Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride UPVC i.e. clear cordial and juice bottles
( 4 ) Low Density Polyethylene i.e. ice cream lids, garbage bags
( 5 ) Polypropylene i.e. ice cream containers, yoghurt pots
( 6 ) Polystyrene i.e. yoghurt pots plastic cutlery, hot drink cups, take away containers
( 7 ) Miscellaneous, most often polycarbonate PC i.e. water cooler bottles, sunglasses, DVDs, iPhone and computer cases, signs and displays, certain food containers, nylon

What materials NOT to place in my recycle bin?

  • Plastic bags
  • Hot ashes or liquids
  • Compostable material (lawn clippings, vegetable scraps, weeds, leaves etc)
  • Polystyrene
  • Car batteries
  • Engine oil
  • Scrap steel and aluminium
  • Clothing and old toys
  • Electronic equipment (TVs, electrical components etc.)
  • Broken drinking glasses or broken window glass

Council's Resource Recovery Centres are able to offer a wider range of recycling services and are able to receive most of the above items for recycling.

What happens to the recycling after it has been collected?

After your recycling has been collected, it is transported to the VISY materials recovery facility in Springvale (Melbourne) where it is processed and recyclable materials are separated from any contaminants.

Plastic bags supplied from the supermarket cannot be placed in the recycle bin. Do not fill plastic bags with recyclables and put it in the recycle bin as plastic bags are NOT recyclable.

If your bin is exceeding 80 kilograms in weight it will NOT be collected. Please remove material prior to the next collection.

For further details regarding recyclables and their end uses, you may visit the sites listed in the related links below.

Organics GreenĀ Bin (Green Lid)

Green waste is the material we all generate in our kitchens and around our gardens and comprises items such as vegetable scraps, lawn clippings, small woody prunings and weeds. Your kerbside green organics green lid bin is has a dark green body and is collected on alternate fortnights to recycling (yellow lid), the same day as your domestic garbage bin (red lid bin).

About your Green Organics Green Lid Bin

  • This service is for the collection of green organic waste from the garden and kitchen scraps such as weeds, lawn clippings, seafood, meat bones and vegetable scraps.
  • This service is only available for urban and small town residents 
  • The bin size is 240 litre
  • Green organics bins will be collected fortnightly on the alternate fortnight to your recycle bin (yellow lid bin)

What CAN I put in my organics green lid bin?

  • Fruit and Vegetable Scraps               
  • Meat scraps and bones
  • Fish and seafood (incl. shells)          
  • Dairy products
  • Teabags and coffee grounds          
  • Tissues and napkins
  • Hair
  • Lawn clippings
  • Garden prunings (incl. weeds and rose trimmings)
  • Twigs and branches under 100mm in diameter
  • Animal excrement

What materials NOT to place in my organic green lid bin?

All other materials including:

  • Garbage
  • Plastic bags and plant pots
  • Paper, cardboard and plastics
  • Glass and metal
  • Soil and stone
  • Nappies

Tips on how to use your Organic Green Lid Bin

Your organic green lid bin service is for the collection of lawn clippings, prunings, weeds, vegetable and food scraps and the like. In some circumstances your bin may become odorous. These conditions may arise when air is not able to flow through the contents of the bin, for example if the material is very wet and water accumulates in the bottom of the bin. Although the bins are vented, the air flow may not be sufficient to remove all moisture from the contents.

The following tips may assist householders to avoid these conditions:

  • Try to cut lawns when the grass is dry at the end of the day
  • If possible schedule your garden maintenance close to your collection day. For example, if you cut your grass fortnightly, time it so that lawn clippings are only in your bin for a few days
  • Is it possible to stockpile your garden waste and load the bin just before collection day?
  • Place woody type material in the base of the bin so that any accumulated moisture will not become odorous.
  • Loosen the contents of the bin occasionally to aerate material and also to break up grass clippings that have become crusty. Wet grass clippings can form a crust that prevents contents leaving the bin during the collection process
  • If you are concerned about the growth of fruit fly, store your unused fruit in the freezer and on the day of your kerbside collection dispose of your fruit in the bin.

What happens to the garden and food waste material after it has been collected?

Your kerbside organic green lid bin will be collected fortnightly from the kerbside and take to Western Composting Technology in Shepparton. This is then placed into large tunnels and heated up to 80 degrees. It is then turned into commercial grade compost, soil and mulch. This compost is available at local nurseries and landscape suppliers.

If your bin is exceeding 80 kilograms in weight it will NOT be collected. Please remove material prior to the next collection.

Public Place Bins

Public place bins are located all around Greater Shepparton in parks, gardens and commonly used public areas. There are two types of bins - Waste (including doggie-bag bins) and Recycling. These bins are to be used in the same way as your bins at home, with the red topped bin being for waste and the yellow topped one for recycling.

Public place waste bins are for use by the public only. Businesses must not use public place waste bins for the disposal of commercial or shopkeeper waste.