Red, yellow and green bins

Red bins

Your red bin is for household rubbish that can’t be put in your yellow recycling bin or your green organic waste bin. Your red bin waste goes straight to landfill, so it's important to keep it minimal. There are different service options for your red bin, depending on your preferred bin size and how frequently you’d like it collected.

What you can put in your red bin 

  • General waste
  • Plastic bags, packets, wrappers, cling wrap and bubble wrap
  • Nappies and sanitary waste, wrapped tightly and stored in well-sealed bags
  • Pet waste, kitty litter
  • Shredded paper
  • Tissues and serviettes
  • Tea bags
  • Soiled pizza boxes
  • Foam, polystyrene
  • Mirrors, ceramics, cookware and drinking glasses.

What you can’t put in your red bin 

  • Food and garden waste (these go in your green bin)
  • Recyclables (these go in your yellow bin)
  • Building materials
  • Syringes
  • Oil or paint*
  • Gas bottles*
  • Hazardous or chemical waste*
  • Medical waste.

*You can take the following items to our waste facilities for free: bulk cardboard, glass bottles and aluminium cans, oil, hazardous materials (including paint), e-waste, gas bottles, and scrap metals such as whitegoods. 

Red bin service options

If your bin has a black body with red lid you have an excess weekly service.  If your bin has a dark green body with red lid you have a fortnightly collection service. If you are not needing a weekly collection, please contact us to downsize to either a standard or minimiser service. 

Yellow bins

Your yellow bin is for materials that can be recycled, such as paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. It’s important to be aware of which kinds of plastics can and can’t be recycled. Your yellow bin is emptied fortnightly, on the alternate week to your red bin. If requesting a new service, a 240 litre (same size as the organics bin) or 360 litre recycle bin can be chosen.  If there is currently a 240 litre recycle bin at your property, an upgrade to 360 litre can be requested on payment of bins size adjustment fee.

What you can put in your yellow bin 

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Magazines, newspapers and phone books
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Unbroken glass bottles and jars: clear, green or brown only (do not break the glass when dropping these in the bin)
  • Plastic bottles and containers with the recycling symbols 1 - 7 (please remove all lids and tops from all glass jars, bottles and plastic bottles)
  • Tin food cans (please rinse or wipe the food out)
  • Aerosol cans (must be empty)
  • Aluminium cans.

What you can’t put in your yellow bin

Please don’t put the following items in your yellow bin – these belong in your red bin:

  • Plastic bags and plastic film, even if numbered 1-7
  • Foam trays including meat trays, boxes and cups even if numbered 1-7
  • Polystyrene even if numbered 1-7
  • Aluminium foil
  • Bottle lids
  • Broken glass or bottles, plates, windows, mirrors, drinking glasses
  • Waxed paper and waxed fruit boxes
  • Carbon paper
  • Nappies, clothes and rags
  • Pots and pans
  • Pyrex, ceramics or pottery
  • Small appliances.

After your yellow bin is collected, your recycables are transported to the Materials Recovery Facility at Cairncross. Here the co-mingled recyclables are sorted by hand and automatic sorting machines into different material types. Once sorted, the materials are then baled separately and transported to processing plants that manufacture the material into new products.

Green bins

Your green bin is for organic matter such as food and garden waste. This bin is emptied every week and turned into compost, which can be purchased. Your green bin isn’t the place for items such as treated timber, large stumps, branches, or animal waste.

What you can put in your green bin

  • Food scraps (including meat, bones, seafood)
  • Food scraps in cornstarch bags
  • Food scraps wrapped in paper or newspaper
  • Small, non-treated timber offcuts
  • Garden clippings, twigs and small branches
  • Grass clippings, weeds, flowers and leaves
  • Palm fronds (cut to ensure bin closes).

Kitchen tidy and green bags

We provide a free kitchen tidy bin and compostable cornstarch bags to put your food scraps in to residents with a domestic waste collection service . You can re-order cornstarch bags if you run out. 
To request a domestic waste collection service, call us on 6581 8111.

What you can’t put in your green bin

  • Oyster shells
  • Shredded paper
  • Paper towel and serviettes
  • Tea bags
  • Soiled pizza boxes
  • Treated timber
  • Stumps or large branches
  • Plastic bags – even if bio-degradable
  • Large amounts of soil
  • Dead animals
  • Animal waste
  • Textile material (including clothes)
  • Recyclables
  • Hazardous materials
  • Packaging materials - even if biodegradable 

Purchasing compost

The contents of your green bin are converted into compost at our Organics Resource Recovery Facility at Cairncross.

This compost can be purchased from our Cairncross facility in both small and large quantities for mixing with soils or using as mulch.

Contact Remondis on 02 6585 0899 or email for more information on purchasing compost.