A Melbourne resident who thought he had been the victim of bin thieves has actually found out his bin man was disposing of it.

David McKenzie, who lives on Stawell St in Richmond, has shared footage with 9 News that shows the refuse collector throwing his bin into the back of a truck.

Mr McKenzie has been forced to replace his bin via Yarra City Council each time his bins have gone missing at his own cost.

According to the Yarra City Council website, each bin costs $184.