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Bins and Collections

The City of Kingston offers residents a garbage, recycling and food and garden waste (optional) kerbside collection service. Landfill bins (red lid) are collected weekly, recycling (yellow lid) and food and garden waste (green lid) bins are collected on alternate weeks, on the same day as your garbage bin.

All collections continue as normal on public holidays and over major holiday periods (including Easter, Christmas day and New Years Eve).

If your bin was missed during collection, please contact Council’s Customer Care Team on 1300 653 356 within 1 business day. Once reported, please leave your bin out on the kerb and do not remove it until it has been emptied.

Waste collection calendars

To find your bin day, simply type your street address into the What's Near Me? search.

Alternatively, you can check the Waste Collection Map for your collection area and check your bin day on the corresponding calendar:

What goes into the Landfill Bin

Accepted items:

  • nappies and animal droppings (wrapped or in bags)
  • household garbage (including 'scrunchable' plastics)
  • vacum cleaner dust 
  • broken glass, pyrex, light globes and ceramics

The following items are NOT accepted in your garbage bin:  Recyclables, garden waste, building material, timber or steel, syringes or medical waste, oil, paint or chemical waste, commercial or industrial waste.

Garbage from the City of Kingston is taken to landfills (tips) located at Clayton South and Lyndhurst.

What goes into the Recycling Bin

Accepted items:

  • hard plastic bottle and containers
  • newspapers, magazines, advertising material, letters, envelopes, office paper and phone books
  • milk and juice cartons
  • cardboard boxes
  • steel cans, aluminium cans and foil
  • glass bottles and jars 

The following items are NOT accepted in your recycle bin:  Recyclables in plastic bags, plastic bags, soft plastics, polystyrene foam, crockery or pyrex, rubbish, garden waste, nappies, clothing, linen, carpet, toys or shoes, syringes or medical waste.

What goes into the Food & Garden Bin 

Accepted items:

  • food scraps (read more about food waste recycling)
  • fruit and vegetable peelings
  • meat & bones
  • dairy
  • eggs shells
  • loose leaf tea and coffee grounds
  • bread, rice, pasta & cereal
  • grass clippings & garden prunings
  • small branches (up to 100mm in diameter)
  • weeds, leaves & flowers

The following items are NOT accepted in your garden waste bin:  garden waste in plastic bags, soil or potting mix, plant pots, rubbish, plastic bags, wrap, packaging or polystyrene, nappies, timber, bricks or rubble, recyclables, syringes or medical waste.

You can choose to use a compostable liner to put your food waste into, or you can wrap food waste in 1 or 2 sheets of newspaper or paper towel.

Glass recycling 

The Victorian Government recently announced the introduction of a fourth glass bin. Kingston currently has three bins - a landfill bin, a recycling bin and a food and garden waste bin. We'll be seeking further details from the Victorian Government in order to begin planning for the new fourth bin - stay tuned, we will continue to provide updates. 

Change my bin size (residential)

Council encourages residents to choose Option D when selecting your bins sizes (see table below), as this is the most sustainable choice.

If you are moving into a new dwelling (not lived in before) you can nominate your preferred bin sizes by calling Council on 1300 653 356.

To change your existing bin, please complete the Change to Domestic Waste Service Bins form

 Option   Garbage bin (red)   Recycle bin (yellow)   Food and Garden bin (green) 
 A  120 litre  240 litre or 120 litre  240 litre
 B  80 litre  240 litre or 120 litre  240 litre
 C  120 litre  240 litre or 120 litre  120 litre
 D  80 litre  240 litre or 120 litre  120 litre
 E  120 litre  240 litre or 120 litre  no garden bin
 F  80 litre  240 litre or 120 litre  no garden bin


Commercial collections

The City of Kingston offers a waste collection service to commercial properties such as shops, offices and factories. Service users are invoiced directly, to the tenant, not the property agent or owner. Payment options are described on the invoice, which will be forwarded within a week of Council receiving your signed Service Agreement form. Failure to pay by the due date will result in your bin being withdrawn without notice.

Bin security
Businesses are asked to secure their bins wherever possible. You’re encouraged to identify your bin by spraying the street number or company name on the side. If the business moves within the City of Kingston, please take your bins with you and notify us of the new address.

Applying for a commercial bin
Request a commercial bin service

Commercial bin charges

 Bin Size  Cost
 120 Litre   $400 per annum for each bin service for one collection per week ($440 incl GST) 
 240 Litre  $545.55 per annum for each bin service for one collection per week ($600 incl GST) 

For further information about bins for schools, sporting clubs or churches please email

More information

View the list of general Frequently Asked Questions.

Download the Waste and Recycling Guide guide to see what items can go into the recycling bin, landfill bin and food and garden waste bin. Not sure how to dispose of other miscellaneous items? Check out Kingston's A-Z of waste disposal guide.

For more information on the State Government Recycling Industry Strategic Plan see the fact sheet or frequently asked questions