Find out what does and what doesn’t go into your recycling bin. Sort, rinse, put in the bin loose.
Sort your waste to help keep recyclables out of landfill. Scrape your recyclables clean and rinse them. Don't bag them, put them into the bin loose.
Putting the wrong items in a bin could contaminate the whole load.
Your household recycling bin (blue or yellow lid) is collected fortnightly.
What goes in the bin
- Glass jars and bottles including lids (just take the lids off and place in recycling)
- Egg cartons
- Paper, cardboard and cardboard boxes of all kinds
- Junk mail
- Phone books
- Toilet rolls, paper towel rolls
- Aluminium cans
- Aluminium foil (clean and balled up to the size of your fist)
- Aluminium baking trays (all sizes and clean)
- Tin cans
- Aerosol cans
Recycle all rigid plastics
- Plastic bottles and lids
- Plastic jars, bottles and tubs (margarine, peanut butter, sauce bottles etc)
- Plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles and other cosmetic bottles and tubs (moisturiser, hair product etc)
- Plastic cleaning product bottles including lids (including spray bottles)
- Plastic milk bottles
Ask for a bigger bin
If you run out of space in your recycling bin each fortnight you could request a free larger 360-litre bin.
Don't put in the bin
- Household waste
- Plastic takeaway containers and lids
- Plastic cups
- Plastic bags
- Ice cream cartons (Ben and Jerry’s, Connoisseur etc)
- Broken household crockery and glassware
- Food and garden waste
- Textiles and clothing
- Disposable coffee cups
- Milk, juice and long life product cartons
Understand the recycling process
The recycling that you place in your bin on the kerb is processed locally:
- Collect and take to a local materials recovery facility
- Sort manually and using magnets, eddy currents, trommels and conveyor belts
- Remove contaminated items by hand, e.g. recycling in plastic bags
- Take contamination to the landfill
- Bale recyclable goods
- Sell to manufacturers who turn them into new cans, bottles, newspaper, toilet paper etc.
Recycle in public places
Recycling bins are placed in our parks, gardens, sporting grounds and public places. Use these bins as you would your household recycling bins.