Local government kerbside recycling services

What you can recycle

For information on what you can recycle via your kerbside recycling bin, see the Get It Right on Bin Night website.

2017-18 report on local government kerbside recycling services

Each year, EPA reports on the performance of local government kerbside recycling services in Victoria.

This is done under clause 15 of the Waste Management Policy (Used Packaging Materials).

This information is also reported by other states and territories under the National Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure.

Victoria’s 2017–18 report is based on information collected by Sustainability Victoria from all 79 Victorian local governments.

Kerbside recycling services provided*

Container type and collection frequency Metro  Non-metro Total no.
120 L commingled weekly 4 1 5
240 L containers fortnightly 25 46 71
240 L commingled weekly 2 1 3
Total 31 48 79

* Some councils offer more than one type of kerbside recycling service. This table shows the predominant/default service.

Total premises/households – 2,546,800
Proportion of households with access to recycling – 98%
Average participation rate – information not available 

Annual fee charged for recycling service**

Information not available
Information not available
** No information available in the Sustainability Victoria – Victorian Local Government Annual Waste Services Workbook 2017 – 18

Annual per-premises cost to council to provide service

Residential*** – $31.49
Non-residential – N/A 
*** Includes residential and non-residential properties serviced

Amounts of materials collected and recovered or disposed of (in tonnes)

Amounts of materials collected, sorted and disposed of for recovery from kerbside and at transfer/drop off facilities (in tonnes, 2017–18)

Item Kerbside transfer/drop off facilities
Total amount collected 582,339 41,994
Plastic containers 48,462 3,533
Paper 287,576 20,965
Glass containers 170,403 12,423
Aluminium cans 11,134 812
Steel cans 4,111 300
Total amount sorted 521,686 38,033
Total amount disposed of 60,653  3,961

Previous reporting

For annual reporting periods prior to 2011–12, this information was published in the National Environment Protection Council’s (NEPC’s) annual reports. They are available at the NEPC’s website.

Page last updated on 22 Jan 2020