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A-Z Guide to Waste and Recycling

A-Z Guide to Waste and Recycling

Use our online directory to find recycling options for a wide range of items and to check what can and can’t go in your bins.

Aerosol Cans

Empty aerosol cans can be placed in the recycling bin.

Aluminium Cans

Aluminium cans can be placed in your recycling bin.

Aluminium Foil

Aluminium foil can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin. To help receiving facilities properly separate aluminium foil from other recyclables, scrunch it into the shape of a ball, and keep until you have a ball the size of your fist.

Aluminium Trays

Remove food scraps and place in the recycling bin

Appliances

Appliances such as hairdryers, toasters, microwaves, and power tools are classified as e-waste and should not be placed in any kerbside collection bins.

To safely dispose of appliances, book in a free problem waste collection.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a hazardous substance and should never be placed in your kerbside bins.

For small quantities of less than 10sqm of bonded asbestos, Council offers a free collection service. For larger quantities, residents must engage a licensed contractor.

Baking Ware (Pyrex, Corningware, Cake Tins

Bakingware should be disposed of in you red lidded waste bin.

If your bakingware is in good condition, consider donating or selling it online or through your local op shop.

Batteries (Household)

Household batteries cannot be placed in any of your kerbside collection bins as they are a fire risk for collection vehicles.   You can drop household batteries to one of our libraries, or book in a free problem waste collection.

Batteries collected through this service are sent to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled

Binders

Binders should be placed in your red lidded waste bin.

Cameras

Cameras are classified as an e-waste and should not be placed in your kerbside bin.

If your camera is still working, check if your local op shop will accept it, otherwise book in a free problem waste collection.

Car Batteries

Car, bike and boat batteries cannot be placed in any of your kerbside bins as they contain substances that are toxic to the environment and create a risk for collection vehicles.

To dispose of car batteries safely book in a free problem waste collection.

Cardboard

Cardboard can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin.

CDs and DVDs

CDs and DVDs should not be placed in your kerbside bins.

CDs and DVDs can be recycled via the recycling stations located at all Council Libraries.

Ceramics

Ceramics, vases, mirrors, heat-proof glass, drinking glass and china go in your red lidded waste bin.

These items cannot be recycled because they heat at a different rate to regular glass bottles and jars. Even small amounts incorrectly placed in recycling bins can contaminate a whole load of sorted glass.

Check in with your local op shop to see if they are interested in any unwanted ceramics that are still good quality.

Chemicals

Chemicals should never placed into your kerbside bins.

The safe way to dispose of potentially hazardous household chemicals is at a Household Chemical CleanOut event.

Coffee Cups / Lids

Takeaway coffee cups and lids DO NOT go in your yellow lidded recycling bin.  To recycle these, visit a Simply Cups drop off location, otherwise place them in your red lidded waste bin.

Computers and Computer Equipment

Computers and computer equipment should not be placed in your kerbside bins.

To dispose of computing equipment safely book in a free problem waste collection.

Cooking Oils

Cooking Oils should not be placed in your household bins. 

To safely dispose of these, book in a free problem waste collection.

Cosmetic Jars

Empty cosmetic jars can be placed in the yellow lidded recycling bin.

Crockery

Crockery, drinking glasses and china cannot be recycled because they heat at a different rate to regular glass bottles and jars. Even small amounts incorrectly placed in recycling bins can contaminate a whole load of sorted glass.

Check in with your local op shop to see if they are interested in any unwanted items that are still good quality.

Otherwise place them in your red lidded waste bin.

Deodorant Containers

Empty deodorant containers (roll on and stick) can be placed in the yellow lidded recycling bin.

Egg Cartons

Egg cartons can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin.

Envelopes (with and without the clear window)

Envelopes can be places in your yellow lidded recycling bin.

E-Waste

E-waste should not be placed in your kerbside bins as it creates a fire risk to collection vehicles.

To safely dispose of e-waste book in a free problem waste collection.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can not be placed in your household bins as they can cause harm to collection vehicles and .

To safely dispose of these, book in a free problem waste collection.

Flares

Flares should never be placed in any of the kerbside bins, as they are a fire risk for collection vehicles.

To safely dispose of flares, visit an RMS mobile collection.

Fluorescent Light Globes and Tubes

Fluorescent lights contain a small amount of mercury. They can not be placed in your household recycling bin.

To safely dispose of these lights, book in a free problem waste collection.

Foam

Foam products (polystyrene and Styrofoam) should be disposed of in your red lidded waste bin.

Food Cans

Food cans can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin. Just make sure they are empty. 

Food Waste

The best way to dispose of food waste is to put it into a compost bin or worm farm.

Otherwise food waste should be placed in the red lidded waste bin.

Fuels

Fuels should not be placed in any of the kerbside bins. 

To safely dispose of fuels, drop them at a Household Chemical CleanOut event.

Furniture

Consider selling good quality items or donating them to a charity. You can also book a collection through the Bower’s Collection and Rehoming service or find it a new home through their reuse tool.

Residents with a domestic waste service can also book in a free bulky waste collection.

Fruit and Vegetable Punnets

Punnets such as those used to package berries, cherry tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables can be placed in your yellow lidded bins for recycling.

Gaming Consoles (Playstation, Xbox etc)

Gaming consoles and their accessories are classified as e-waste and should not be placed in any kerbside collection bins.

To safely dispose of e-waste, book in a free problem waste collection.

Gas Bottles

Gas bottles should never be placed in any of the kerbside bins as they create a hazard for collection vehicles.

To safely dispose of gas bottles, book in a free problem waste collection.

Gas bottles collected through this service, have residual gas captured for reuse and are tested to either be returned to the hire industry to be recycled as scrap metal.

Garden Waste

Garden wastes and clippings can be placed in your green lidded garden organics bin. 

Larger branches that are too big for your bin can be disposed of through Council’s bulky waste collection service.

Glass Bottles and Jars

Glass bottles and jars can be recycled through your yellow lidded recycling bin.

Bottles and jars should be empty and have lids removed. Lids can be placed in the recycling bin separately.

Household Appliances

Household appliances are classified as e-waste and should not be placed in any kerbside collection bins.

To safely dispose of e-waste, book in a free problem waste collection.

Household Cleaning Products

To safely dispose of household cleaning products drop them at a Household Chemical CleanOut event.

Kitty Litter

Kitty Litter should be placed in your red lidded waste bin.

Milk Cartons and Bottles

Milk cartons and bottles should be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin.

Mirrors

To safely dispose of mirrors, wrap in newspaper and put in your red lidded general waste bin.

If they are still in good condition, why not pass it on online or through your local op shop.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are classified as e-waste and should not be placed in any kerbside collection bins.

Mobile phones can be recycled via the recycling stations located at all Council Libraries, or by booking in a free problem waste collection.

Motor Oils

Motor oils should not be placed in your household bins. 

To safely dispose of motor oils, book in a free problem waste collection.

Used oils collected through this service are processed to become a lubricant or used for waste to energy.

Paint

To safely dispose of paint, book in a free problem waste collection.

Paints collected through this service are reprocessed by recycling facilities and mixed with other waste solvents so they can be used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are recycled.

Paint Tins

Paint tins can be recycled via your yellow lidded recycling bin.

Please make sure your tins are empty prior to placing them in the recycling bin (dried paint can be placed in your red lidded waste bin). 

Old paint can also be collected via a free problem waste collection..

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags MUST NOT be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin. Plastic bags should be placed in your red lidded waste bin or taken to a REDcycle soft plastic recycling drop off location

Pizza Boxes

Pizza boxes which don't have any food residue can be recycled through the yellow lidded recycling bin.

Soiled pizza boxes should be put into the red lidded waste bin.

Plastic Cake Trays

Place in the recycling bin

 

Plastic Cutlery

Plastic forks, spoons and knives cannot go in your recycle bin because they cannot be properly separated by the sorting machines.

Plastic Takeaway Containers

Plastic food containers can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin.

Polystyrene (Cups, Trays, and Packaging)

All types of polystyrene should go in your red lidded waste bin.

Post Satchels

Post satchels / bags should be placed in your red lidded waste bin or taken to a REDcycle soft plastic recycling drop off location

Power Tools

Power tools are classified as e-waste and should not be placed in any kerbside collection bins.

To safely dispose of power tools, book in a free problem waste collection.

Printer Cartridges

Printer cartridges can be taken to Australia Post outlets to be recycled under the Planet Ark project

Smoke Detectors

To safely dispose of smoke detectors, book in a free problem waste collection.

Steel Cans

Steel cans can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin.

Sushi / Food Punnets

Punnets such as those used to package sushi and takeaways can be placed in your yellow lidded bins for recycling.

Tetra Pak (juice boxes, long life milk cartons) 

 Tetra Pak drink and liquid stock containers can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin. They should be emptied before being placed in the bin.

Tissue boxes

Tissue boxes can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin. They should be empty, and ideally with the plastic film removed.

Toothpaste Tubes (Oral Care Packaging)

Toothpaste tubes should be disposed of via your red-lidded waste bin.

To recycle these items, drop them off at a TerraCycle community collection point.

Waxed Cardboard

Waxed cardboard such as fruit boxes should be placed in your red lidded waste bin.

Wine Casks 

The cardboard packaging from wine casks can be placed in your yellow lidded recycling bin – just remember to remove the plastic / foil bladder from inside.