Waste and Recycling Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Pandemic
As we spend more time at home, some residents may be finding they have more waste and recycling than before, while others may find that they have less waste as they are buying less. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and responses to help your household bins stay on track during this time:
Frequently Asked Questions - Darebin Waste and Recycling during COVID-19 Pandemic
Household waste bins are collected weekly. The day of collection depends on where you live. Visit the Rubbish Collection Days Map to find your collection day or search for your property address on the Interactive Map on DarebinGuide.
Waste collection calendars for 2021 are now available:
2021 East Zone Recycling Calendar
2021 West Zone Recycling Calendar
Calendars are also available from our Customer Service Centres, or you can call 8470 8888 to request a copy.
Christmas and public holidays collections
Bins are not collected on Anzac Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Bins will be collected the following day and one day later for the rest of the week.
Bin collections will occur on other public holidays as normal.
If you are ever unsure about your collection, please call us on 8470 8888 on the day before your regular collection to check.
What can I put in my rubbish bin?
- General rubbish
- Fabric and textiles - find where to donate and recycle clothing here
- Plastic bags and all other soft plastics - find out where to recycle soft plastic here
- Nappies (wrapped)
- Broken ceramics (cups and plates), broken Pyrex, broken mirrors, broken glasses (drinking glasses) (wrapped)
- Polystyrene, packing foam, foam beans and foam balls (contained in a bag so they don't escape and become litter)
- Garden hoses, rubber
- Animal waste and kitty litter
We encourage all residents to recycle their food scraps in a home compost, worm farm or Bokashi bin, or their food and green waste recycling bin (if you have access to one). If you don't have access to these options, you could find a location nearby to take your food waste on the ShareWaste app. Food scraps can go in your general waste bin if you are unable to use these options.
Rubbish must be contained or wrapped as best as possible.
What can't I put in my rubbish bin
To help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government has banned all e-waste from going to landfill as of 1 July 2019. This means e-waste can not go in any kerbside bin. Find out where to take e-waste here.
Download our A to Z Waste and Recycling Guide to find where you can dispose or recycle household items that are not accepted in your kerbside bins.
Kerbside collection of food and green waste
Council began collecting food scraps as part of the existing green waste bin service in October 2019. Food and other organic waste makes up around 40% of the material in the average waste bin. You can reduce the amount of waste in your rubbish bin by ordering a food and green waste bin and using the food and green waste recycling service.
Your bin will not be collected if:
- it is too close to obstacles such as trees, poles, other bins or parked cars
- it weighs more than 30 kilograms
- it is put out too late
- it is overfilled or has anything on top of it or leaning against it.
Phone: 8470 8888