Kerbside recycling returns at last!

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Kerbside recycling has resumed across the region from 16 December, after four of the G21 councils signed a landmark agreement with Cleanaway.

Cleanaway has taken over the processing of the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Golden Plains Shire and Borough of Queenscliffe’s kerbside collected recyclable materials – including paper, glass, metals and plastics.

As part of the agreement, all parties have committed to developing innovative local uses for recyclables collected, with an aim to expand the circular economy within the region.

Cleanaway agreed to work with the four councils to identify local secondary markets to maximise the sustainable re-use of recyclables, with an initial focus on the re-use of glass.

Residents are being asked to educate themselves on what can go in their yellow lid bin, to avoid contaminated recycling going to landfill. The agreement also includes discounts for councils with low contamination rates.

Colac Otway Shire has an agreement with another processor until September 2020 however is continuing to work with the other four G21 councils on a joint recycling campaign.

The Surf Coast Shire will introduce a fourth kerbside bin for all residents in April next year to separate out glass.

There are some minor changes to what can and can’t go in the yellow lid bin:

What’s in:

  • Empty clean rigid plastic bottles and containers labelled 1,2, 3, 4 and 5, lids separately
  • Clean paper and cardboard
  • Clean steel food cans, aluminium cans and foil
  • Clean glass bottles and food and sauce jars with their lids placed in the recycling bin separately.

What’s out:

  • Bagged material in any type of plastic bag
  • Coated cardboard cartons that are used to package milk, juice and various other liquids
  • Soft plastic packaging such plastic bags, bread and frozen food bags
  • Polystyrene packaging
  • Plastic toys
  • Metal pots and pans
  • Clothing and footwear

Some extra tips to make sure recyclable items get another life:

  • If you’re not sure if a plastic can be recycled, give it a squeeze! If it goes back to its original shape, it’s a rigid plastic and is safe to put in your recycling bin.
  • Food containers need a quick rinse.
  • Make sure to keep your recycling loose and not in plastic bag.

More information about the changes to kerbside recycling in the G21 region can be found at