Recycling bin

Download a cheat sheet to see what goes in the recycle bin(PDF, 2MB)

yellow circle with recycling symbol

To be a GOOD SORT, make sure you have exactly the right things going into your recycling bin. You can recycle more than you probably think, but contamination is the biggest problem– putting the wrong things in your recycling bin can mean the rest of the contents get sent to landfill.

Our recycling is collected and processed by Cleanaway.


  • Put all items in loose; plastic bags should never go in your recycling bin.
  • Plastic lids can be on or off plastic bottles
  • Take metal or plastic lids off glass jars and put them into the recycle bin separately.
  • No need to wash items – just rinse or scrape things clean and place them in the bin.
  • Flatten boxes and cans so they take up less space.
  • Larger items of cardboard, rigid plastic and metals including whitegoods (up to 0.5m3) are accepted at no cost at our transfer stations.

What's accepted in my recycling bin?

Rigid plastics numbered 1 to 5, which includes:
Milk and other drink bottles
Yoghurt, ice cream and margarine tubs
Detergent and shampoo bottles
Berry punnets
Biscuit trays
Takeaway containers
Plastic plates and cutlery

Paper and Cardboard

Milk and juice cartons (these can no longer be accepted in recycling - please place in landfill bin.)
Boxes - uncoated
Junk mail
Envelopes (you can leave the clear windows in)
Egg cartons

Bottles and jars from drinks, beauty products, foods and vitamins – take the lids off and place these in separately

Drink cans
Tins and cans including Milo tins and pet food cans
Empty aerosol cans (lid off)
Aluminium foil – scrunched into a ball the size of your hand
Aluminium foil trays
Metal lids

DO NOT include landfill or organic items such as:

X Milk and juice cartons (any coated cardboard made for holding liquids)
X Plastics that are not numbered 1-5
X Plastic bags
X Polystyrene foam
X Mirrors
X Light globes/tubes (bring these to transfer stations)
X Window glass
X Broken drinking glasses
X Pyrex, crockery or ceramics
X Coffee pods (eg Nespresso) (check to see if you can recycle yours somewhere)
X Fabric or clothing
X Electrical items or appliances (bring e-waste to transfer stations)
X Video tapes
X Gas bottles
X Food scraps or garden organics
X Nappies
X Wire and rope
X Timber
Hazardous or medical waste such as sharps or sharps containers

Where does my recycling go?

 Watch this video to see what happens to your recycling after it's collected.