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A to Z rubbish and recycling guide

Use our A-Z Waste Guide to find out how to recycle or dispose of household items in Knox.

Not sure if you can recycle, donate or dispose an item? Explore our regularly updated A-Z Waste guide below or download our Quick reference A-Z Waste Guide [PDF 290 kb].

If you have any questions or suggestions please email [email protected] and we'll add it to the list.

 

A

Aerosol cans (empty)


Aerosol cans (not empty)


Air conditioning unit


Aluminum foil

  • Roll into a ball the size of a tennis ball and put in your recycling bin


Ammonia based cleaners


Antennas


Anti-freeze


Animal droppings


Asbestos - NOT accepted in any household bin

  • Do not cut or break! 
  • Visit asbestos.vic.gov.au or contact the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) on 1300 372 842 for the correct and safest way to dispose of asbestos.


Ash from fire-place

B

Baby wipes


Baking paper


Balloons


Baths


Batteries

  • AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries are accepted at free collection points at Aldi, Coles, IGA, Woolworths, Bunnings, Mitre 10, Battery World and IKEA stores.
  • Bunnings and Battery World also accepts 6V, power tool and button batteries
  • Take to a Planet Ark drop off point
  • Make sure you place plastic tape over both ends of battery to prevent fires.


Barbeques


Bean bag beans (polystyrene)


Berry punnets


Bikes, scooters and skateboards


Biodegradable bags, cups and cutlery


Biscuits


Blankets, doonas and bedding


Blinds (up to 1.5m length)

Bones (raw or cooked)


Books


Bottles and tops (plastic and metal)


Boxes (cardboard)


Brake fluid


Branches


Bread


Bricks, rubber and concrete


Broken drinking glass 


Building materials


Bubble wrap


Butane (disposable) gas cannisters


Butter

C

Cake/pastries


Cameras


Camping (disposable) gas cannisters


Car batteries


Cardboard (regular)


Cardboard (wax coated)


Car parts (metal)


Car wax


Carpet and carpet underlay


CDs, DVDs and VHS videos


Ceramics (broken)


Ceramics (intact)

  • Donate to a local op-shop or resell


Cereals


Cheese


Chemicals (household)


Chicken (raw/cooked)


Christmas tree (living)


Christmas tree (artificial)


Cigarette butts (cold/unused)


Citrus


Cling film


Clothing

  • Donate to a local op-shop or resell
  • Put in your rubbish bin


Coals (Cold/Unused)

Coals (Warm/Hot)

  • Not to go in any bin until they have been extinguished with water.


Coat hangers (wire or plastic)


Coffee filter paper


Coffee grounds (loose)


Coffee pods (compostable/plastic)


Compostable bags 


Compostable containers, cups and packaging


Computers and monitors


Cooking oil


Coolant


Copha


Corks


Corrugated iron and metal


Cosmetics


Cream


Crockery and glasses


Cubby house (plastic)


Cubby house (timber)


Cups and saucers (broken)


Curtains


Curtain rods, tracks and brackets


Custard


Cutlery (metal)

  • Donate to a local op-shop or resell


Cutlery (wooden single use, natural with no paint or treatments)

D

Dairy products


Dead animals (bagged)


Deli meats (cooked/raw)


Detergent bottles


Dips


Disinfectants


Disposable nappies (bagged)


Disposable wooden cutlery (single use, natural with no paint or treatments)


Dishwasher


Dog poo or cat poo (bagged)


Doors


Dryer or washing machine


DVD, CD and VCR players

E

Egg cartons

  • Dirty egg cartons with food spoilage can be put in your food and garden bin. No other boxes except oily pizza boxes, and no more than 3% of your entire bin's contents.
  • Clean egg cartons can be put in your recycling bin


Eggs and eggshells


Electrical appliances (e-waste)


Engine oil (30L or less)

F

Fencing or lattice


Fertiliser


Fire extinguisher


Filing cabinet (metal or timber)


Fish or fish and chips


Fluorescent tubes or globes

  • Do an internet search


Floor care products and waxes


Foam boxes and trays


Food cans (empty)


Food waste or scraps


Fridges and freezers


Fried food


Fuel (petrol, diesel, kerosene or other)


Furniture

G

Garden tools


Garden waste


Garlic


Gas bottles and cylinders


Gates


Glass sheets


Glues (water and solvent based)

Golf balls

  • Find bin locations
  • Rowville Lakes – Corner Police & Stud Road, Rowville
  • Callaway Golf - Head Office – 18 Corporate Avenue, Rowville


Grains

H

Hair (pet or human)


Heater (oil)


Heater (electric or gas)


Herbicides and weed killers


Herbs and spices (raw/dried)


Hot water unit


Household chemicals

I

Incontinence pads (disposable)


Insect spray or pesticides


Irons


Ironing board


Iron and scrap metal

K

Kitty litter


Kitchen caddy (broken or not needed)

  • Make sure your Knox kitchen caddy is empty and clean and put in your recycling bin
L

Ladder (timber or metal)


Laundry sink (metal/plastic)


Lawn mower


Light globes (LED, halogen or incandescent)


Light fittings


Logs/branches (no tree stumps)

  • No larger than 10cm in diameter and under 1.5m length (Whole bundle needs to be no more than 30cm in diameter.) - Put out for your bundled branch collection
  • 1m long and under 50cm in diameter - Put in your food and garden bin
M

Margarine tubs


Mannequins


Mattresses and bases


Meat or fish scraps


Meat trays (foam)


Meat tray (plastic)


Medicine (old/expired)

  • Take to your local pharmacy/chemist


Medicine blister packets (empty)


Medicine bottles (empty)


Metal sheets


Mirrors


Mobile phones

  • Take to a Planet Ark drop off point 
  • Take to Officeworks at Bayswater or Ferntree Gully
  • Recycle your mobile with MobileMuster via post or a drop off location
  • Take to some mobile phone stores and some supermarkets
  • Collect a free recycling pouch from our Customer Service counter


Mouldy food 

N

Napkins (clean or dirty)


Nappies (disposable)


Nails and screws


Nail polish and remover


Newspapers (clean)


Newspapers (food stained)


Newspapers (used for paint or chemicals)


Noodles


Nuts

O

Oil (motor oil up to 30L) 


Oil (cooking)


Oil (solid eg copha or ghee)


Onion


Oyster shells


Ovens

P

Paint


Paint stripper, thinner, turps or metholated spirits


Paint tins or drums (dry and empty)


Pallets


Paper straws


Paper towel (clean or dirty)


Pasta (cooked or raw)


Pet food (dry or wet)


Pet food tins (empty and rinsed)


Pet litter

 
Pharmaceuticals and medicines

  • Take to your local pharmacy


Picture frames


Pillows


Pizza boxes

  • Dirty/oily pizza boxes with food spoilage can be put in your food and garden bin. No other boxes except dirty egg cartons, and no more than 3% of your entire bin's contents.
  • Clean pizza boxes can be broken down and put into your recycling bin


Plasterboard


Plastic bags


Plastic containers (large)


Plastic pots and plant tags (clean)


Plastic strapping and film


Plastic wrappers


Plate glass (wrapped)


Polystyrene (large pieces)


Pool chemicals


Pool pump


Pots and pans


Potting mix


Prams and pushers


Printer cartridges or toner


PVC or plastic pipe


Pyrex ovenware (broken)


Pyrex ovenware (whole)

R

Rat poison


Rice (cooked or raw)


Rubber

S

Scrap metal


Seeds


Shellfish (soft - not oyster shells)


Shoes


Shower screens 


Shredded paper


Silicon bakeware


Smoke alarms


Spa bath (including parts such as fittings, pipes and frames)


Sporting equipment


Sporting goods


Spreads (Vegemite, peanut butter, jam etc)


Steel cans and tins (empty)


Steel (not including cans or tins)


Stoves


Straw or hay (clean)


Straws (paper)


Styrofoam


Syringes

T

Takeaway food containers


Takeaway coffee cups (including lids)


Tea bags


Tea leaves (loose)


Televisions


Tetra packs


Textiles or linen


Tiles (ceramic, roof)


Timber (including tree stumps)


Timber (treated)


Tinned food (including pet food)


Tissues


Toasters


Toilet


Tools including power tools


Toys


Trampoline (dismantled)


Transmission fluid


Tree prunings


Tree stumps


Tyres

V

Vaccum cleaner


Vaccum cleaner dust


Vapes

 

Vinyl flooring

W, X, Y

Washing machines


Waxed cardboard


Weeds


Weeds (noxious)


Wet wipes


Whitegoods


Window frames (metal)


Window frames (timber)


Window glass


Wood / branches (untreated and logs only - no tree stumps)


Wood preservatives and finishes (oils and varnishes)


Wooden cutlery (single use, natural with no paint or treatments)


X-rays


Yoga mats


Yoghurt

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