Recycling in Yarra: No Excuses!

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 (hairdressers take note!)
  • empty paint tins

Recycling Drop-off Centre

There is a 24-hour drop off point 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 cardboar
  • 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
  • mattresses

Other recycling options in the City of Yarra


Ikea offers customers a used light bulb, compact fluorescent and household battery take back service. Drop off your bulbs and batteries at the Recycle Area at the store exit or in the Lighting Department.

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


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

 Shoes for Planet Earth

Drop off old runners (in useable condition) at:
Fitzroy Foot and Ankle Clinic
460 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Nth
9-5 weekdays, 9-1 Saturdays. Some evenings

Details at Shoes for Planet Earth

Organic Waste

You can get compost bins and worm farms at  cost price from City of Yarra 9205 5555–worm-farms/

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