A brickbat and bouquet from Mornington Peninsula Shire

Mornington Peninsula Shire council has announced it will fine residents $660 if they put the wrong waste in the wrong bin, and in some cases will suspend collections if issues continue.

In a statement on its website, the council stated that, “If we don’t get our recycling right we will end up contaminating the bin or truck, making our recyclables go to landfill instead of Polytrade, Mornington Peninsula’s sorting facility. The Policy outlines steps we will take to improve Peninsula’s recycling contamination rates.”

Residents’ bins will be randomly checked and if the household is recycling right they’ll go into a monthly draw to win a $100 voucher. Contaminated bins will receive a tag letting the household know which items can’t be recycled. If contamination continues, we will call, visit or send a letter to provide some helpful tips.

Contaminated bins will not be emptied to prevent contaminating the truck load. Continued significant contamination will result in a fine and suspension of the recycling or green waste service.

A contaminated bin or truck load is not only a burden to the environment adding to landfill, but also comes at a significant cost. Contaminated bins cost the Mornington Peninsula Shire and ratepayers approximately $600,000 per year,” said Mayor Despi O’Connor. “We know recycling can be confusing. The Shire’s waste education program aims to encourage households to recycle correctly. Find out exactly what you can and can’t pop in the bin with the blue lid at And remember to rinse your food containers before binning them.”