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The Environment

Victoria's Environment

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) leads the Victorian Government's efforts to sustainably manage water resources and catchments, climate change, bushfires, parks and other public land, forests, biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. 

Victoria's Water

Living in the driest populated country on earth, water conservation is extremely important and we all need to start acting on conserving this vital resource now.

Target 155

Victoria's dams are currently very low and all Victorian's need to save water, especially during the summer months.  The Victorian government is asking everyone living in or visiting Victoria to use no more than 155 litres of water per day.  For information on how you can save water, click here.

Victoria's Waste Management

By getting into the practice of recycling and reusing products, you can assist in avoiding unnecessarily taking more raw materials from the earth.  Along with each "standard" local council provided rubbish bin, Victoria has a recycling service that allows you to place all your plastic, glass, newspapers and cardboard products into a separate "recycling" bin.  Local councils also provide a monthly garden waste collection service as well as an annual hard waste collection service.  Click here to access a link to your local council for information on collection days.

Your Standard Rubbish Bin

What you can place in your standard rubbish bin (general guide):

  • General rubbish, nappies (wrapped), meat/bones
  • Other plastics such as plastic bags, plastic plant pots and plastic film
  • Window glass, mirrors, Pyrex and light globes (wrapped)

What you can't place in your rubbish bin (general guide):

  • Car parts
  • Chemicals, paints and solvents
  • Corrosive and flammable items
  • Hot liquid or ashes
  • Oil
  • Syringes
  • Soil, timber, bricks or other building materials
  • Unwrapped vacuum dust

Your Recycling Bin

What you can place in your recycling bin (general guide):

  • Aluminium and steel (cans; foil and aluminium takeaway containers; steel cans such as pet food cans and soup cans; and aerosol spray cans)
  • Cartons (milk and fruit juice cartons)
  • Glass (bottles and jars)
  • Paper and cardboard (newspapers, magazines, envelopes, advertising material, phone books, office paper, cardboard boxes and egg cartons)
  • Plastics (any plastics marked with codes 1, 2, 3 or 5, milk bottles, soft drink bottles, cordial and fruit juice bottles, shampoo bottles, margarine tubs, ice cream containers, take away food containers and cleaning product bottles)

What you can't place in your recycling bin (general guide):

  • Chemicals
  • Food scraps
  • Garden waste
  • Household garbage
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Waxed cardboard boxes
  • Window glass, mirrors, light globes, crockery and ceramics

Please note:

  • Place all materials that are recyclable in your bin loose - ie, do not place in plastic bags.
  • Remove all plastic caps from recyclable containers and place in your "standard" rubbish bin.
  • Rinse containers to prevent odour.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes and aluminium to save space.
  • If you live in a multi-level apartment building you will be provided with a separate skip for paper and cardboard only.

Your Garden Waste Bin

What you can place in your garden waste bin (general guide):

  • Bundles of vines and creepers
  • Leaves, lawn clippings, flowers, weeds
  • Prunings tied in bundles of no more than one metre in length
  • Tree trunks of no more than 20 cm in diameter

What you can't place in your recycling bin (general guide):

  • Food, vegetables or meat scraps
  • Plastic bags
  • Potting mix, soil and ash
  • Rubbish

Hard Waste Collection

What is considered as hard waste (general guide)?

  • Dishwashers and washing machines
  • Hot water service
  • Household furniture
  • Mattresses
  • White goods and electrical appliances

What is not considered as hard waste (general guide)?

  • Car/truck bodies, batteries, tyres and parts
  • Chemical or hazardous waste
  • Clean fill and soil
  • Green waste/garden waste
  • Liquid wastes or chemicals
  • Recyclables
  • Scrap metal
  • Waste from home renovations (such as bricks and timber)

Composting and Worm Farming

Approximately half of your household waste is food scraps and garden waste.  By composting these items in your backyard, you will be lessening the amount of land fill and also creating a rich fertiliser for your garden. For a copy of the Good Compost Guide or to receive further information on composting and worm farming, please contact Sustainability Victoria on 1800 353 233 (free call) or click here.

Chemical Waste Disposal

Chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, paints, poisons, motor fluids, etc should not be disposed of as a part of your normal household rubbish. Sustainability Victoria runs free household chemical collection days to assist you with the disposal of your unwanted chemicals. For information on the date and location of the next free collection, please contact Sustainability Victoria on 1800 353 233 (free call) or click here.