Recycling bin

Where the kerbside collection service is available, every residential home should have a recycling bin with a yellow lid. This bin is collected once a fortnight, on the same day as your general waste bin.

Materials placed in the recycling bins go to the Materials Recovery Facility at Carrara to be sorted by machine and by hand. They are then compacted, baled and sent away to be remade into other products.

To find out what day your bin is collected, use the Bin day finder.

If your bin collection was missed, or your bin has been damaged or stolen, let us know. Our Report a problem page has all the information you need.

To upsize to a larger, 360-litre recycling bin visit Change your bin size.

What can be put in the bin

  • All plastic bottles and containers
  • Aluminium and steel cans, including empty aerosol cans
  • Bottles and jars made only of glass
  • Clean cardboard, newspaper, loose paper, junk mail, magazines and cartons

Put recyclables loosely in the bin, not bagged.

For further information download our What can I recycle fact sheet(PDF, 190KB)

We prefer your recyclables are empty and clean to reduce odour and have a safe working environment for our staff, but it is not necessary to remove all residues for them to be acceptable.

What can't be put in the bin

  • Plastic bags (always place your recyclables loosely in the bin)
  • Thin plastic films like glad wrap, bubble wrap or black plastic
  • Disposable nappies
  • Food scraps, green organics (including wood) or dead animals
  • Clothing, shoes or accessories
  • Pyrex or heat-resistant glass
  • Crockery, china or ceramics
  • Polystyrene or Styrofoam
  • Light bulbs or fluorescent tubes
  • Tiles, bricks, stones or soil
  • Syringes
  • Single-use face masks or gloves.

For information about what to do with some of these materials go to:

A reminder of what can and can’t be put in the bin is printed on the bin lid.

Recyclable plastic bags and packaging may be returned to your local supermarket for recycling.