Your general waste bin, serviced weekly, has a red lid or nature green lid (same colour as the bin body). Items put in this bin are buried in landfill at a waste facility. Read below to find out which items are not compatible with our waste collection trucks or landfill and should not be put in your general waste bin.
To find out your bin collection day, use our Find your bin day tool.
Materials that can be placed in the general waste bin
Items that can be placed in your general waste bin include:
- General household waste - waste that can be "bagged", no large items like furniture.
- Plastic bags.
- Plastic wrap.
- Nappies - disposable and cloth.
- Ceramic, china, pottery.
- Styrofoam, polystyrene (make sure all foam boxes are broken into smaller pieces otherwise they will form a suction between the bin wall and the box restricting complete emptying of your bin).
- Pyrex and ovenproof glass.
- Drinking glasses.
- Light bulbs, fluorescent lamps
- Mirrors, window and automotive glass and safety glass.
- Garden waste (greenwaste).
- Food scraps
- Disposable/single use coffee cups should be placed in the general waste bin. You can put the plastic lid in the recycle bin.
Keep in mind there are many charitable organisations that may want your good, usable household items such as crockery, glassware and clothing. Look for these organisations in the white pages.
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.
Materials that should not be placed in the general waste bin
- Items longer than 50cm. Make sure items are broken or cut up into smaller pieces before placing them in your bin. If throwing out an old broom or mop please cut it up before you place it in your bin.
- Building/renovation waste - eg. large pieces of pvc pipe, fixtures, fittings, plasterboard.
- Car motor or parts
- Liquid waste, chemicals and oil
- Bricks, concrete, masonry, tiles, rocks, etc. Large pieces are too heavy and will damage the internal paddles in the collection vehicles.
- Hot ashes - make sure ashes are cold and completely soaked through with water before disposing of them in the bin. Better still, dig them into your garden.
- Gas cylinders
- White goods
- Dead animals
- E-Waste (there are recycling alternatives around Toowoomba for your e-waste).
- Treated timber - eg. cabinetry, laminates, fence palings.
Many of our waste facilities offer disposal options for these items. For further information read the Waste facilities article.
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