The contents of your recycling bin (yellow lid) are sorted on a series of conveyor belts, magnets, eddy currents, trommels (big sieves) and by hand. Placing non-recyclable waste in the recycling bin can hinder the recycling process. Do not place dangerous or insanitary items into your recycling bin.
Please place all materials in bin loosely - not in plastic bags. Ensure all containers are empty. It's best if you remove lids, but you don't have to. You don't have to remove staples or envelope windows.
Items that can be placed in the recycling bin
- Paper, magazines,newspaper, junk mail, paper gift wrap (not foil looking wrap)
- Cardboard, paper, egg cartons, greetings card, clean pizza boxes
- Glass bottles and jars (clear, green or brown glass only)
- Steel cans, empty aerosol cans
- Aluminium cans, aluminium foil and foil trays
- Clean plastic bottles and containers with the recycling triangle numbers 1-7. This includes plastic trays from biscuit packets (not meat trays that contain foam or foam packaging from computers and whitegoods boxes even if there is a number in a triangle on it.)
Items that should not go in the recycling bin
- Plastic bags or plastic wrap (including biscuit packet wrapping), no bubble wrap.
- Plastic cling wrap, plastic furniture or hose.
- Crockery or china, oven proof dishes.
- Blue glass.
- Drinking glasses, wine glasses and ceramic mugs.
- Broken crockery (plates, bowls, saucers, casserole dishes etc).
- Mirrors,windows, fish tanks, light bulbs, safety glass.
- Disposable nappies.
- Moist towelettes, tissues, serviettes, toilet paper or paper towels.
- Foil gift wrapping or ribbon.
- Garden waste, kitchen scraps, food items.
- Chemicals, gas bottles, engine oil.
- Polystyrene foam, packing (similar to trays meat is sold in at the supermarket - even if it has a #4 on it).
- Clothes or fabric (contact your local charity organisation).
- Plastic furniture, hose or pipe.
- Syringes, sharps containers or medical waste.
- Batteries or light bulbs.
- Foam used to pack whitegoods and computers (even it has a number in a triangle).
- E-Waste (computers, TV's etc).
- Building material - concrete, bricks and timber, palings or tree trimmings - take these to your local waste facility.
The above list are all contaminants to the recycling process. If you put these in your bin, your bin may not be emptied. You will need to remove these contaminants before your bin can be emptied. You may be charged a fee to collect your bin.
Wheelie bin maintenance
Should your wheelie bin be damaged or have broken parts (e.g. cracked or missing lids, pins, wheels and/or axles), contact council and lodge a customer request.