Recycling in Yarra

There is no excuse for not recycling in the City of Yarra. There are opportunities to recycle just about everything.

Firstly there are all the recycling services that the local Council offers.

Yellow-lidded bins

All residents are issued with one of these bins and businesses can get one for a small fee. In these you can recycle:

  • plastics coded 1–7
  • all paper and cardboard
  • cans, steel and aluminium, including aerosol cans
  • glass bottles and jars (lids too, but unscrew them and add separately)
  • foil
  • emptypaint tins

Recycling Drop-off Centre

A 24 hour drop off point is now available at the Roseneath Street depot. Located at the corner of Roseneath and Gray Sts, Clifton Hill, this is one of Yarra’s best kept secrets. (They don’t want to keep it a secret, but not everyone reads the local paper.)

Here you can recycle:

  • e–waste (desktops, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, disk and CD drives and other computer parts)
  • electrical equipment (televisions, stereo equipment, CD players, DVD and VCR recorders)
  • CDs, DVDs, floppy disks
  • fluorescent tubes and light bulbs
  • paper and cardboard
  • engine oil
  • all batteries (from car batteries down to the little ones in your watch)
  • mobile phones
  • glass jars and bottles
  • polystyrene
  • steel and aluminium cans
  • plastics marked with the codes 1 to 7
  • clothing
  • cork

The City of Yarra website has more detail about what can be recycled at the Roseneath St Depot.

Mobile phones can also be dropped off at Richmond and Collingwood Town Halls and the Collingwood and Richmond leisure centres.

Cardboard Drop-off Points

Any amount of folded cardboard boxes can be deposited at cardboard drop-off points. These are located at  the Fitzroy Depot, 111 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill (24 hours); Burnley Depot, 440 Burnley St, Burnley (8–3 M to F); Gleadell St car park, opposite the Richmond Recreation Centre (24 hours).

Hard Rubbish Collection

Households within the City of Yarra are entitled to two hard rubbish collections each year. Some things that you put out with a hard rubbish collection will also be redirected for recycling including:

  • furniture
  • electrical goods
  • e-waste
  • large plastic toys, washing baskets etc

Other recycling options in the City of Yarra


Ikea offers customers a used light bulb, compact fluorescent and household battery take back service. Take your used bulbs and batteries to IKEA and deposit them in the take-back containers, located just after the checkouts.

Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre
Cnr. Victoria St & Burnley St
Richmond VIC 3121
Open 7 days
Mon – Fri: 10am – 9pm
Sat – Sun: 9am – 7pm

Nike Factory Outlet

You can recycle your old runners as part of Nike’s Reuse-a-shoe program. (They grind them up and make track and playground surfaces out of them.)

416 Smith St Collingwood
Mon to Fri 10 am–6 pm
Sat 9 am–6 pm
Sun 10 am–5.30 pm


There are collection bins at Officeworks for the Cartridges 4 Planet Ark and the MobileMuster programs. They collect

  • mobile phones
  • printer ink cartridges
  • photocopier toner cartridges

230 Alexandra Parade, Fitzroy
566 Bridge Road, Richmond
Mon to Fri 7 am–10 pm
Weekends 8 am–6 pm


If anyone knows of any other recycling opportunities within the City of Yarra, let us know.