We are proud of the recycling efforts by Toowoomba Region residents. But there's still room for improvement! It's time to look at how we can work together to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The information below will help you choose which products belong in your recycling bin.
To find out your bin collection day, use our Find your bin day tool.
The recycling process
Your recycle bin (yellow lid) is serviced fortnightly. All the waste is sorted at a materials recycling facility in Brisbane. Some of the material is baled and exported for further recycling and manufacturing. Placing non-recyclable waste in the recycling bin can cause a lower grade product to be produced in the manufacturing process or the waste can be rejected and landfilled.
How to maintain an uncontaminated recycling bin:
- NO PLASTIC BAGS PLEASE - place all materials in the bin loosely.
- Ensure all containers are empty. You don't have to wash your containers, please tip it or scrape it out.
- Lids and rings on plastic bottles - they don't have to be removed, but you can if you like.
- Remove all packing materials such as plastic wrap and foam beans, they don't go in your recycle bin.
- Please don't use bin liners.
- Keep grass clippings out of the recycle bin - these can go in your general waste bin or your greenwaste bin (if you have one).
- Do not place dangerous or unsanitary items into your recycling bin.
Items that can be placed in the recycling bin
Generally, any container that has come from your kitchen, bathroom or laundry, such as:
- Paper, magazines, newspaper, junk mail, paper gift wrap (not foil looking wrap).
- Cardboard, paper, egg cartons, greetings card, clean pizza boxes (not disposable/single-use coffee cups).
- Glass bottles and jars (clear, green or brown glass only).
- Steel Cans, empty aerosols cans.
- Aluminium cans.
- Aluminium foil and foil trays - roll into a ball about the size of a tennis ball.
- Clean plastic bottles and containers with the recycling triangle numbers 1-7.
- Remove metal lids from glass bottles and jars. Place them in a container of the same material (steel into a can, or aluminium into a drink can) or throw them into the general waste bin.
- Plastic trays from biscuit packets (not meat trays that contain foam; foam packaging from computers and white goods boxes even if there is a number in a triangle on it.). Remove the soft plastic film from the top of the tray. Place this in your general waste bin or it could be recycled through your local supermarket.
To make it easy to decide which bin to use, we've created a 'What goes in each bin' flyer to print and keep at home.
Items that should not go in the recycling bin
The below is a list of some of the things that we find in recycle bins and shouldn't. If in doubt, contact us.
- Soft plastics such as plastic bags, bin liners, soft plastics, plastic wrap and bubble wrap.
- Food, kitchen scraps.
- Lawn clippings, tree cuttings.
- Empty containers from your shed or garage that have held chemicals or petrol.
- Brooms, mops.
- Plastic furniture or hoses.
- Crockery or china, pyrex and ovenproof dishes.
- Blue and white glass.
- Drinking glasses and ceramic mugs.
- Disposable/single-use coffee cups - put the cup in your general waste bin and the plastic lid in your recycle bin.
- Mirrors, fish tanks, safety glass.
- Light bulbs, fluorescent lamps.
- Window or automotive glass.
- Nappies - disposable and cloth.
- Moist towels, tissues, serviettes, toilet paper or paper towels.
- Foil gift wrapping or ribbon.
- Polystyrene foam and packing (including food packaging trays 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).
- Syringes, sharps containers or medical waste.
- Batteries - all types.
- E-Waste (computers, printers, TV's, microwaves etc.).
- Building/renovation waste - eg pvc pipe, fixtures, fittings, plasterboard.
- Bricks, concrete, masonry, tiles, rocks etc.
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.
Many of these items can be disposed of at your nearest waste facility.
Soft plastics such as cling wrap, plastic bags, bin liners, bread bags may be able to be recycled at your local supermarket through "Redcycle". Speak to your supermarket for further information.
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