Kerbside Recycling Collection


GET READY! New purple glass recycling bin collections begin in November- find out more.

Your recycling bin with the yellow lid is collected fortnightly on the same day. You should place your recycling bin on the kerb the night before collection day to ensure it gets emptied. Check when your recycling bin is to be collected so you don’t miss recycling night.

Please contact the Colac Otway Shire if:
  • Your yellow recycling bin is missing or broken. Download an application form for a replacement bin or call to repair your bin.

  • Your yellow recycling bin is 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 can I put in my recycling bin?
  • Cardboard boxes

  • Steel cans including aerosol cans (empty), aluminium cans, clean aluminium foil and pie trays

  • Glass bottles and jars (including lids)

  • Milk and juice bottles

  • Books, envelopes, brochures, newspapers and magazines

  • Plastic bottles, containers, trays, plant pots

  • Pots and pans- no glass lids

What can’t I put in my kerbside recycling bin?
  • Food waste, meat, fish, poultry, scraps or bones (recycle in your green lidded FOGO bin)

  • Plastic bags/ soft plastics-(recycle at Coles and Woolworth Supermarkets)

  • Garbage/ rubbish (place in your red lidded garbage bin)

  • Household batteries (recycle via the Customer Service Centre in Colac & Apollo Bay)

  • Plastic wrap, polystyrene and foam meat trays (please place in the red lidded garbage bin)

  • Milk and Juice cartons (are no longer recyclable in the yellow recycle bins, please place in the red lidded garbage bin)

  • Glassware, crockery, Pyrex, window glass or mirrors (please place in red lidded garbage bins)

  • Waxed cardboard (please place in red lidded garbage bins)

  • Green waste (recycle in your green FOGO bin)

  • Nappies (should be placed in the red lidded garbage bin)

  • Syringes (disposal via the free sharps containers that are available at Council Customer Service Centre in Colac & Apollo Bay)

  • Gas cylinders (should never be placed in any kerbside bins)

  • Printer cartridges (recycle via the E-waste station at the Customer Service Centres in Colac & Apollo Bay)

  • CD's or DVDs (recycle via e-waste stations at Council's Customer Service Centre in Colac and Apollo Bay)

  • E-waste items- (Any item that has a cord or take batteries are free to dispose at the Transfer stations)

Visit our Alternative Waste Disposal page for more information. 

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.

You can also find more information on what goes in your garbage and what goes in your green (FOGO) waste?

Be a good sort! Use the right bin, help reduce waste going to landfill.

Kerbside Collection Charges

The Council charges a kerbside waste and recycling collection fee which appears on your rates notice. Our charges are for the following bins:

  • 120 litre red lid garbage bin
  • 240 litre yellow lid recycle bin / 120 litre purple lidded glass bin (NEW - starting November 2021)
  • 240 litre green lid organics bin


Recycling Information

For more information on what to place in your recycling bin please see our Colac-Otway-Shire Recycling-Update(PDF, 479KB) or the Visy Recycling Poster(PDF, 2MB).

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.

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Have you seen the New "Australasian Recycling Label (ARL)

A product may come in several packaging parts.

This labelling system tells you what to do with each part. Which bin? Solid recycling symbol: Recycling bin Transparent recycling symbol: This means ‘conditionally recyclable’.

To recycle, follow the directions given. Bin symbol: Rubbish bin

What happens to our recycling?

Steel can recycling

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

Aluminium can recycling

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 bottle recycling

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

Paper / cardboard recycling

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 bottle recycling

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.

Need a new bin or your waste collected?

Council can provide additional or replacement bins if necessary and your circumstances meet requirements. You can request a new bin or apply for waste collection from your property.

"Be a good sort" use the right bin, help us reduce waste to landfill.