How to Dispose of Common Items

Read the below list for useful information on the proper disposal methods for the following common materials.

If you'd like some help remembering which household items should go in which of you kerbside bins, please get in touch with Council and we'll happily provide you with these free bin stickers!

Have you heard of the Recycle Mate app? It’s a great, fits-in-your-pocket resource that can help you figure out which bin to put unwanted items into! Simply type in the name of the item, or take a photo of it, and this app will try and help you make the most environmentally friendly decision! It’s available for Apple and Android, and aims to empower everyone in the community to recycle more and keep as much waste out of landfill as possible. Check it out.

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A

Material Disposal Method
Aerosol cans (empty) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Aluminium baking trays Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Aluminium foil Recycle bin (yellow lid) (clean, and rolled or scrunched into a loose ball)
Aluminium cans Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Animal droppings FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Asbestos Contact the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)  
Ash (extinguished & cold) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)

B

Material Disposal Method
Baby wipes Landfill bin (red lid)
Bag ties Landfill bin (red lid)
Band aids Landfill bin (red lid)
Baskets Landfill bin (red lid) or donate
Batteries (car) Shepparton or Ardmona Resource Recovery Centres Read our page about batteries
Batteries (mobile phone) Read our page about mobile phones or our page about batteries
Batteries (household) Read our page about batteries
Beer bottles Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Berry and vegetable punnets (for example: strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Bikes Resource Recovery Centres
Biscuit tray (plastic) Landfill bin (red lid)
Biscuit wrapper/packet Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)
Blister packs Landfill bin (red lid)
Books Recycle bin (yellow lid) or donate
Bottles Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Branches (under 100mm round) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Branches (under 300mm round) Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Bricks & concrete (clean, under one metre cubed) Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Broken glass (beer/wine bottles, glassware & window) Landfill bin (red lid)
Bubble wrap Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)
Building material (bricks, concrete, timber) Resource Recovery Centres for a cost

C

Material Disposal Method
Cameras & accessories Resource Recovery Centres
Cans (steel, aluminium) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Cardboard (including milk and juice cartons) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Carpet and carpet underlays Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre
Car tyres Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Cartridges (printer/toner) Resource Recovery Centres
Cassette tapes Landfill bin (red lid) or donate
CDs & DVDs Landfill bin (red lid) or donate
CD & DVD players Resource Recovery Centres
Cellophane Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)
Ceramics & pottery Landfill bin (red lid) or donate
Cereal boxes Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Cereal box inserts Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)
Chemicals, cleaning products and their containers Detox Your Home event - Read our page about chemicals
Chemical drums (drumMUSTER) Resource Recovery Centres
Chip packets (plastic) Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)
Christmas tree (artificial) Landfill bin (red lid) or donate
Christmas tree (natural) FOGO Compost bin (green lid) or Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Cigarette butts Landfill bin (red lid)
Ceramics and porcelain Landfill bin (red lid)
Cleaning rags Landfill bin (red lid)
Cling wrap Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)
Clothing Old clothes in good condition can be donated to a local charitable organisation or second-hand store, or otherwise to an organisation that makes rags. If necessary, they can also be placed in your landfill bin (red lid).
Coat hangers (plastic) Landfill bin (red lid)
Coat hangers (wire) Resource Recovery Centres
Coat hangers (wooden) Landfill bin (red lid)
Coffee cans/tins Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Coffee cups (plastic/paper) Landfill bin (red lid)
Coffee cup lids (plastic) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Coffee grounds Landfill bin (red lid)
Coffee pods Landfill bin (red lid) (Nespresso coffee pods can be dropped off at collection point: Riverside Gardens Garden Centre 7715 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Kialla, 3631.)
Computers & accessories Resource Recovery Centres
Concrete Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre
Cooking oil Not accepted at Resource Recovery Centres
Cooking oil spray cans (empty) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Corks Landfill bin (red lid)
Cosmetic jars (rinsed) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Cotton wool balls Landfill bin (red lid)
Couches/sofas Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Cups & saucers Landfill bin (red lid) or donate
Cutlery (plastic) Landfill bin (red lid)

D

Material Disposal Method
Deodorant cans (empty) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Detergent cartons Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Detergents & disinfectants Detox Your Home event - Read our page about chemicals
Drinking glasses Landfill bin (red lid) or donate
Drink cans Recycle bin (yellow lid)

E

Material Disposal Method
Egg cartons Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Egg shells FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Electrical appliances Resource Recovery Centres
Envelope (with/without plastic window) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Eye glasses Landfill bin (red lid) or donate

F

Material Disposal Method
Fabric Can be donated to an organisation that makes rags. If necessary, they can also be placed in your landfill bin (red lid).
Face wipes Landfill bin (red lid)
Fire extinguishers Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Fish bones FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Foam boxes Resource Recovery Centres
Foam meat trays Landfill bin (red lid)
Foil aluminium (clean, rolled into a ball) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Food cans (rinsed) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Food scraps FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Fluorescent lights Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre
Fridges/freezers  Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Furniture Resource Recovery Centres for a cost

G

Material Disposal Method
Gas cylinders Take to a business that refills gas cylinders.
Garden and lawn clippings FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Garden tools/equipment Landfill bin (red lid) or Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Glass bottles and jars (excluding glass from windows, drinking glasses and kitchenware) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Glass from windows, drinking glasses and kitchenware Landfill bin (red lid)
Green bags (polypropylene) Landfill bin (red lid)
Greeting cards Recycle bin (yellow lid)

H

Material Disposal Method
Herbicides Read our page about chemicals
Hair clippings FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Hose (garden) Landfill bin (red lid)
Hot water units (steel) Resource Recovery Centres

I

Material Disposal Method
Ice cream containers Recycle bin (yellow lid)

J

Material Disposal Method
Jars (rinsed) & jar lids Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Juice cartons / bottles Recycle bin (yellow lid)

K

Material Disposal Method
Kebab stick (wooden) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Kitty litter Landfill bin (red lid)

L

Material Disposal Method
Laminated paper Landfill bin (red lid)
Lawn mowers Resource Recovery Centres
Leaves FOGO Compost bin (green lid) or Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Light bulbs Standard incandescent / tungsten / halogen light bulbs can be placed in your landfill bin (red lid). Fluorescent lights can be recycled at Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre.
Lolly wrappers (plastic) Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)
Lunch boxes Landfill bin (red lid)

M

Material Disposal Method
Manure FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Margarine tubs (rinsed) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Meat & fish scraps/bones FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Meat trays (foam/polystyrene/plastic) Landfill bin (red lid)
Meat trays (numbered 1-7) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Microwaves Resource Recovery Centres
Milk cartons / bottles Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Mirrors (broken) Landfill bin (red lid)
Mirrors (unbroken) Resource Recovery Centres or donate
Mattresses Resource Recovery Centres
Magazines Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Marine flares Take back to the supplier (Hazardous waste)
Mobile phones Read our page about mobile phones
Motor oil Shepparton or Ardmona Resource Recovery Centres. All oil containers are to be no larger than 20 litres.

N

Material Disposal Method
Nappies Landfill bin (red lid)
Needles Please dispose of these through Council’s safe-disposal containers, or as a last resort, in your Landfill bin (red lid)
Nespresso coffee pods Drop off at collection point: Riverside Gardens Garden Centre 7715 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Kialla, 3631
Newspapers Recycle bin (yellow lid)

O

Material Disposal Method
Office paper Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Oil (household cooking) Detox Your Home event - Read our page about chemicals
Oil, motor oil, oil filters and containers Shepparton or Ardmona Resource Recovery Centres. All oil containers are to be no larger than 20 litres.
Ovenware and Pyrex Landfill bin (red lid)

P

Material Disposal Method
Paint Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre, or return to supplier
Pallets (wooden) Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Paper Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Paper towel (clean or dirty) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Pens & pencils Donate or Resource Recovery Centres
Pesticides Read our page about chemicals
Pet food tins (rinsed) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Petroleum products (oil) Shepparton or Ardmona Resource Recovery Centres. All oil containers are to be no larger than 20 litres.
Picture frames Donate or Landfill bin (red lid)
Pizza boxes (empty, clean) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Pizza boxes (soiled or with scraps) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Phone books Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Place mats Landfill bin (red lid)
Plant cuttings FOGO Compost bin (green lid) or Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Plant pots (plastic) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Plaster board Resource Recovery Centres for a cost or Landfill bin (red lid)
Soft plastics (for example: plastic shopping bags, cling wrap, bread bags, confectionery wrappers, chip packets) Take soft plastics to your local Coles or Woolworths supermarkets. They are collected under a program called REDcycle so that they can be recycled. They cannot be recycled via the yellow lid bin collection.
Plastic bottles / containers (plastics numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Plastic clothes baskets Landfill bin (red lid)
Plastic containers (hard plastic) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Plastic lunch boxes Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Plastic meat & veg trays Landfill bin (red lid)
Plastic strapping Landfill bin (red lid)
Plastic wrappers Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)
Polystyrene boxes and packaging Shepparton Resource Recovery Centre, Smaller items should be placed in your landfill bin (red lid).
Pots & pans (metal) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Pots & pans lids (glass & plastic) Landfill bin (red lid)
Printers Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Printer cartridges Resource Recovery Centres
PVC pipe Landfill bin (red lid)

Q

Material Disposal Method
   

R

Material Disposal Method
Radios Resource Recovery Centres
Rags (unwanted sheets, towels and clothing) Can be donated to an organisation that makes rags. If necessary, they can also be placed in your landfill bin (red lid).
Refrigerators Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Rubber Landfill bin (red lid)

S

Material Disposal Method
Sauce bottles & lids (rinsed) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Scrap metal Resource Recovery Centres
Scrap rubber Landfill bin (red lid)
Seafood scraps & shells FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Seedling container (plastic) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Shampoo bottles Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Shredded paper FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Shoes Landfill bin (red lid) or donate
Skewer (wooden) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Silage wrap Resource Recovery Centres
Smoke detectors Landfill bin (red lid)
Soft-drink bottles Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Soil (less than 3 cubic metres) Resource Recovery Centres 
Spirit & wine bottles Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Steel cans Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Sticky tape Landfill bin (red lid)
Straws (plastic) Landfill bin (red lid)
Straws (paper) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Syringes/sharps Please dispose of these through Council’s safe-disposal containers, or as a last resort, in your Landfill bin (red lid)
Sawdust & wood shavings FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Sporting goods Landfill bin (red lid) or donate
Sports tape Landfill bin (red lid)
Styrofoam Landfill bin (red lid)
Suitcases/baggage Donate or Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Sweet wrappers Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)

T

Material Disposal Method
Take away containers (plastic) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Take away containers (cardboard) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Teabags/tea leaves FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Telephone books Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Televisions Resource Recovery Centres
Tetra packs Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Timber/treated wood Resource Recovery Centres for a cost or Landfill bin (red lid)
Tin cans (rinsed) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Tissues FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Toilet paper rolls Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Tools Donate or Resource Recovery Centres
Toothpaste tubes & toothbrushes  Landfill bin (red lid)
Toys (without battery) Donate or Landfill bin (red lid)
Toys (battery operated) Donate or Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Treated pine Resource Recovery Centres for a cost or Landfill bin (red lid)
Tree Branches (under 100mm round) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Tree Branches (under 300mm round) Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Tyres Resource Recovery Centres
Tyre tubes Resource Recovery Centres

U

Material Disposal Method
   

V

Material Disposal Method
Vacuum Resource Recovery Centres
Vacuum cleaner dust FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Vegetable scraps FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Vinyl (eg. Old school bags) Landfill bin (red lid)

W

Material Disposal Method
Washing powder boxes Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Washing machines Resource Recovery Centres for a cost
Water tanks (steel) Resource Recovery Centres 
Waxed paper & cardboard Landfill bin (red lid)
Weeds (including noxious weeds) FOGO Compost bin (green lid)
Whitegoods (excluding fridges & aircons) Resource Recovery Centres
Window glass Landfill bin (red lid) or Resource Recovery Centres
Wine bottles Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Wood Resource Recovery Centres
Wrapping paper Recycle bin (yellow lid)

X

Material Disposal Method
X-rays Landfill bin (red lid)

Y

Material Disposal Method
Yoghurt containers/tub (rinsed) Recycle bin (yellow lid)
Yoghurt pouches (rinsed with tops cut off) Soft plastics or Landfill bin (red lid)

Z

Material Disposal Method
   

 


 

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