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Where your rubbish, recycling and green waste goes

Knox City Council works with a range of contractors to collect and process your household rubbish and recycling. 


The material from your blue-lid recycling bin is collected by a contractor and delivered to our recycling processor, Polytrade in Dandenong.

The material is sorted and processed at a material recovery facility, where recycling is separated into material types:

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • plastic
  • aluminium
  • other metals and glass.

The materials are also graded based on quality.

Millions of tonnes of valuable materials are recovered. These are then purchased by manufacturers who turn them into new products.

Household rubbish

When the rubbish from your yellow-lid bin is collected by our waste collection trucks, it is delivered to either:

  • Lysterfield Transfer Station (Cleanaway), or
  • South East Melbourne Transfer Station in Dandenong South (Cleanaway).

From these sites, waste is transported in large haul vehicles to the Melbourne Regional Landfill (Cleanaway) in Ravenhall.

Here, it is buried in the ground in landfill cells. We try to reduce waste where possible before it gets landfilled. Council is also working with other Councils in our region to explore alternative waste processing.

Green waste

The green waste collected in your red-lid bin is delivered to Biogro, an organic processing facility in Dandenong South. Biogro make compost and garden products.

Learn more about how residential garden waste journeys back to the earth.

Need help?

Contact us and we will come back to you.

Or call our Customer Services team on 9298 8000.

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