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Yellow recycling bin

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Your recycling bin is for materials that can be recycled and should not be used for general waste, green waste or hazardous waste. Your recycling bin has a yellow lid and is collected fortnightly on the alternate week to your red bin. To be sure you’re recycling right check the A-Z of Waste or the list below.

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Keep it loose. Keep it simple. Keep it clean.

Keep it loose to keep plastic bags out of your yellow bin. Plastic bags clog up the sorting mechanisms when put in the yellow bin. Soft plastics including plastic bags can be recycled in the REDcycle bin at your local Coles or Woollies. Keep it loose and you’ll be on the right track to recycle right.

Keep it simple. Glass bottles and jars, aluminium or steel cans, paper and cardboard and rigid plastic containers can be recycled in the yellow bin. Sticking to this simple list of recyclables will make sure your yellow bin is free of contaminants and you're recycling right. The items you put into your yellow recycling bin are sorted, baled and re-used to make new products. 

Keep it clean. Rinse your plastic containers before recycling them in the yellow bin. Any food waste goes in the green bin. Give your containers a quick rinse before placing them in your yellow bin. These steps will help make sure manufacturers have a good quality material to use and staff hand sorting recycled items are kept safe

What happens to the recycling in my yellow bin?

After the recycling from your yellow bin is collected, it is transported, sorted and baled at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at Cairncross Waste Management Facility.

  • Steel & aluminium material is sold to NSW and Queensland steel mills.
  • Plastics are sold to Victorian processors and turned into high quality plastic, which is then exported.
  • Paper & cardboard is sold to NSW paper mills for further processing into paper and cardboard.
  • Glass is processed locally into five grades for commercial applications such as pool filter media, termite barrier, sand blasting and binding agent.

Did you know?

  • A recent audit showed that 18% of what we put in our red rubbish bins should actually be placed in our yellow recycling bins.
  • The contents of our yellow recycling bins are sorted both by hand and also machines designed to accept materials of certain sizes and shapes.  This defines what we accept in the yellow bins.
  • When bins are contaminated with even small amounts of incorrect material it has a big impact on the staff who sort the recyclables by hand, including risking their safety.  Unacceptable materials can also cause breakdowns of the MRF machinery, and affect the quality of the end recycled product and the amount of valuable materials that must be dumped in landfill - resulting in increased costs for residents.
  • Services may be withdrawn if your recycling is contaminated with items that cannot be recycled.

 What main items go in the yellow recycling bin:

  • paper and cardboard
  • magazines, newspapers and phone books
  • cardboard boxes (squash your cardboard boxes if you need more room in your bin)
  • unbroken glass bottles and jars: clear, green or brown only (do not break the glass when dropping in 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)
  • steel food cans (please rinse tuna tins, tomato tins etc)
  • aerosol cans (must be empty)
  • aluminium cans

To find out what else can be recycled in your yellow bin visit the A-Z Guide to Waste

DO NOT put the following items in your yellow bin - these go in the red bin: 

  • plastic bags and plastic film, even if numbered 1-7. Recycle soft plastics at your local Redcycle bin at Coles or Woolworths supermarkets.
  • 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, plate glass, 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

 If you’re not sure which bin you can check the A-Z Guide to Waste

This page was last updated on: 06 November 2020