COVID-19 Waste Information and Tips

We understand that your family might be  spending more time at home at the moment, which may result in a higher generation of food waste or recycling. We have included some tips and ideas below to help you during periods of isolation due to COVID-19.

Tips on Reducing Your Waste and Recycling


  • Tissues, cardboard, shredded paper, paper hand towels and napkins can all go into your lime green-lidded FOGO bin. Just remove any plastic labels and tape from cardboard first
  • Empty hand sanitiser bottles can go into your recycling bin, just make sure you take off the lids and put in your red-lidded general waste bin, along with any used disinfectant wipes
  • Reuse washed takeaway containers as stackable containers for frozen food
  • Reuse glass jars to store food or other items, or pass them on to friends or community groups who make jams

Soft Plastics

  • Plastic bags and soft plastics, including pasta and rice bags, shopping bags, net bags, cling and bubble wrap can be collected separately in a bin, box or reusable shopping bag and dropped in a REDcycle bin located at Coles and Woolworths. For more information visit


  • Check what’s in the fridge before going shopping, write a shopping list and plan your next meals around what needs to be eaten. Put things in the freezer if you aren’t able to eat them soon enough
  • Use the Foodwise Recipe Finder to help you use up food that you already have in your kitchen and fridge
  • Look at clever ways to reuse items – i.e. games or crafts for the kids to keep them entertained at home
  • Resist the temptation to buy two food items for the price of one unless it will be eaten quickly, can be frozen or has a long shelf-life
  • A lot of packaging can be avoided or recycled. Fresh food doesn't need packaging and can be placed in your own reusable bags. Rigid (hard) plastics, tins, paper, aluminium foil, cardboard and drink containers can all go in your recycling bin


  • Avoid single-use, disposable packaging, for example, plastic bags, plastic wrap, and polystyrene
  • Use reusable food containers, lunch boxes, water/drink bottles, straws and beeswax wraps
  • When purchasing large appliances or bulky items, ask the retailer to take away the packaging from the new item
  • Avoid disposable coffee pods or capsules. You can use refillable coffee capsules that you can continue to fill with your favourite coffee blends, or use a waste free alternative like a French Press or Moka Pot
  • Avoid junk mail. Place or make a 'No advertising material' or 'No junk mail' label on your letterbox


  • Donate unwanted clothing and other goods in reasonable condition to non-profit organisations, charity stores or charity clothing bins
  • Use modern cloth nappies, which are reusable, washable nappies made from modern fabrics which are shaped to fit like disposable nappies -without the waste! Find out more about our cloth nappy workshops and rebate

Reuse and Repurpose

  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Become a 'green cleaner' and make your own environmentally-friendly household cleaning products, for example: all-purpose cleaner, clothes and dishwashing liquids
  • Join a buy, sell or swap group and offer items that you no longer want to keep, but might be useful to someone else in the community. Consider checking these groups before buying a brand new item

COVID-19 Waste Frequently Asked Questions

Can you do additional rounds of collections given there are more people at home generating waste?

With more people staying at home, you may see an increase in items going to in your general waste, recycling or food organic, garden organics (FOGO) bins.

Unfortunately we are unable to increase the number of collection rounds during this time due to the following reasons:

  • Lack of availability state-wide for the required amount of waste collection vehicles
  • Time taken to coordinate  additional collections would exceed isolation timeframes
  • We have put in place split shifts to ensure staff are able to carry out business as usual safely during this time
  • The City would need to enter into a contract with a private waste company at a great expense and for a minimum 12 month period
Are you still supplying compostable liners?
  • We have implemented a token system which provides residents with three packs of compostable bin liners for their FOGO kitchen caddy, per year.
  • Find out where to collect your packs, how to purchase additional supplies and alternatives to liners on our Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liner page.
Where else can I get compostable liners?
Why are rubbish trucks arriving earlier than normal?

Following directives by the State Government, businesses can now receive deliveries at any time of the day. Waste and recycling can also be collected at any time of the day.

Our waste team are doing split-shifts to ensure the safety of our drivers while carrying out business as usual, which will see them collecting waste in some areas earlier in the morning. 

Please place your bins out the night before your collection day in case our collection trucks come earlier than normal.   

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

For other Frequently Asked Questions regarding your waste services and for more information visit our 3-Bin FOGO System page.

Are verge collections now changing?

There are no changes to the bulk waste or green waste verge collection service.  

To find out when your next verge collection is and for more information, visit our Bulk Verge Collections page

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