Your recycling bin

From the squeeze test to whether or not to rinse food containers. Get the facts about recycling and what can go in your recycling bin.

Give these items a second life and put them in the recycling bin.

  • Clean rigid plastic bottles and containers labeled 1,2, 3, 4 and 5 with out lids. Plastic lids can be to small to recycle in your recycling bin. There are a number of community groups who participate in the Helping Hands project. The lids are collected and used to create prosthetic hands.
  • Clean paper and cardboard.
  • Clean steel food cans, aluminium cans and foil.
  • Clean glass bottles and food and sauce jars with their lids placed in the recycling bin separately.

Keep your recycling in good shape by leaving these out of your recycling bin.?

  • Bagged material in any type of plastic bag.
  • Cartons that are used to package milk, juice and various other liquids.
  • Soft plastic packaging such plastic bags, bread and frozen food bags. These can be recycled at participating Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. Cling wrap is an exception. 
  • Polystyrene packaging.
  • Plastic toys.
  • Metal pots and pans.
  • Clothing and footwear.
  • Nappies. 

These items cause contamination of the recycling bin. This means that material that should be recycled and made into new products will instead go to landfill.

Here are some extra tips to make sure your recycling gets another life.

  • If you’re not sure if a plastic can be recycled, give it a squeeze! If it goes back to its original shape, it’s a rigid plastic and is safe to put in your recycle bin.
  • Food containers just need a quick rinse.
  • Make sure to keep your recycling loose and not in plastic bags.  

Recycling guide

Use the online directory to find your recycling options for a wide range of items.

Regular updates

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Page last updated: Wednesday, 13 November 2019