Kerbside Recycling Collection

bin-recycle-cropped.pngYour recycling bin with the yellow lid is collected fortnightly on the same day as your red bin. You should place your recycling bin on the kerb the night before collection day to ensure it gets emptied. 

bin-glass-cropped.png Your purple (glass-only) recycling bin goes out with your yellow bin – but only once every four weeks. Look for the purple on the waste calendars.

Check when your recycling bin is to be collected or download the Goodsort app, so you don’t miss recycling night. 

What can I put in my yellow recycling bin? 

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Steel cans including aerosol cans (empty), aluminium cans, clean aluminium foil and pie trays
  • Milk and juice bottles
  • Books, envelopes, brochures, newspapers and magazines
  • Plastic bottles, containers, trays, plant pots
  • Pots and pans - no glass lids

What can I put in my purple recycling bin?

  • Glass bottles and jars - no lids.

For more information on what can and can’t go in your bins see the A-Z waste guide or visit the Think Recycle website. You can visit Visy Recycling website to find out more information how the recycling process works.

Extra waste collection

Three extra kerbside recycling collections start the week before Boxing day to assist with disposal of extra recycling during Christmas and the New Years.  Please check your waste calendar for dates (highlighted in orange). Find out more on our website.

Please contact the Colac Otway Shire if:

  • Your yellow or purple recycling bin is missing or broken. Download an application form for a replacement bin or call to repair your bin.
  • Your recycling bins are not collected by 4pm on collection day. You can use our Submit a Request form to report a missed collection or get in touch with us by phone.

What happens to our recycling?

Want to more about recycling please check out Sustainability Victoria. This site has a lot of great information about what can and can't go in your recycle bin.

You can visit Visy Recycling website to find out more information how the recycling process works.

Steel Cans

Steel cans are among the world's most recycled materials and very easy to recycle by being separated magnetically from other recyclables.

Aluminum Cans

An aluminium can is 100% recyclable. Every time it is recycled it saves enough energy to watch TV for three hours (compared to mining and producing a new can).

Glass Bottles

Glass can be recycled indefinitely as its structure does not deteriorate when reprocessed. Glass is sorted into 3 colour categories; flint (clear), amber and green.

Paper and Cardboard

Different grades of paper are recycled into different new products.

Old newspapers are usually made into newsprint, egg cartons, or paperboard.

Old corrugated boxes are made into new corrugated boxes or paperboard.

Office paper can be made into almost any new paper product: stationery, newsprint, magazines, or books.

Paper can only be recycled a finite number of times due to the shortening of paper fibres making the material less versatile.

Plastic Bottles

Plastic recycling recovers scrap or waste plastics for reprocessing into useful products.

This could mean melting down polyester soft drink bottles then spinning the polymer into fibres.

Plastics are sorted according to their resin identification code.