Your recycling bin unpacked

Victorians are great recyclers. 67 percent of household waste is recycled. But can we do more? Yes we can!


With all the changes happening around what you can and can’t recycle, we thought we’d make it easy for you.

Sustainability Victoria has put together this comprehensive guide on what you can and can’t recycle.


Recycling can differ slightly from Council to Council, so check with your Local Government for the full list of items that can be recycled in your area.


Recycling reduces the impact of climate change because recovered resources can go into new products and reduce the creation of greenhouses gases like methane.

It also helps us to get the maximum value from the things we use.

Figures released by Sustainability Victoria during National Recycling Week (November 13 to 20) show that Victorian homes generated 12.67 million tonnes of waste in 2015/16. Of this, 8.49 million tonnes was diverted for recycling. However there is greater potential to decrease waste to landfill if we increase our recycling. And it is as easy as knowing what to put in your yellow bin.