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Yellow recycling bin


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.

The items you put into your yellow recycling bin are sorted, baled and re-used to make new products. This process happens at our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)at Cairncross. 

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It is very important not to put the wrong items into your yellow recycling bin. People hand sort recycled items as part of the process so please clean recycled products. 

Remember use green and yellow first, so your red bin won't burst!

What items go in the yellow recycling bin:

  • paper and cardboard
  • magazines and newspapers
  • phone books
  • books
  • cardboard boxes
  • clean pizza boxes (squash your cardboard boxes if you need more room in your bin)

  • Tetrapaks, long life milk and juice containers

  • unbroken glass bottles and jars of all colours EXCEPT white and blue (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 (tuna tins, tomato tins etc)

  • aerosol cans (must be empty)

  • paint tins (must be empty)

  • aluminium cans 

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 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

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 steel mills.
  • Plastics are sold to a company in Victoria for further processing and turned back into plastic products.
  • Paper & Cardboard is sold to NSW and Victorian paper mills for further processing to be turned back into paper and cardboard.
  • Glass is processed locally into five grades for commercial applications such as pool filter medium, 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.
  • Penalties may apply, or services may be withdrawn if contamination of recycling resources is caused through your service. 

This page was last updated on: 04 September 2019