Kerbside Recycling Collection

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.

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Please call the Colac Otway Shire on 5232 9400 if:
  • Your recycling bin is missing or broken

  • Your recycling bin is not collected by 4pm on collection day

Two extra kerbside recycling collections from Boxing day to assist with disposal of extra recycling during Christmas and the New Year.

What can I put in my recycling bin?

  • Cardboard boxes

  • Steel cans including aerosol cans, aluminum cans, clean aluminum foil and pie trays

  • Glass bottles and jars (including lids)

  • Milk and juice cartons

  • Books, envelopes, brochures, newspapers and magazines

  • Plastic bottles, containers, trays, plant pots

  • Pots and pans

  • Plastic toys-(no batteries)

What can’t I put in my recycling bin?

  • Food waste, meat, fish, poultry, scraps or bones

  • Plastic bags

  • Garbage

  • Plastic wrap, polystyrene and foam meat trays

  • Glassware, crockery, Pyrex, light bulbs, window glass or mirrors

  • Waxed cardboard

  • Green waste

  • Nappies

  • Syringes

  • Gas cylinders

  • Videos or DVDs 

  • E-waste items

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 also find information on what goes in your garbage and what goes in your green waste?

Recycling Brochure

For more information on what to place in your recycling bin please see our NEW_Colac-Otway-Shire_4pp-A5-Recycling-Update_PROOF.pdf(PDF, 479KB)

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 aluminum 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.

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

- 240 litre green lid organics bin

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.