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The A-Z guide of what goes in which bin

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Here's an A-Z listing of all the items that can be disposed of in your bins or dropped off at a waste facility. You can keep the A-Z listing handy on your mobile device by downloading the Waste Info App onto your iOS or Android device. The Waste Info App is free.

What happens next to the food scraps and green waste in your green bin? Find out here.

What happens next to the recycling in your yellow bin? Find out here.

What happens next to the general waste in your red bin? Find out here.

What happens next to items that can’t go in the green, yellow or red bin? Find out here.

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    Aerosol cans

    Place in yellow bin. Must be empty.

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    Aluminium cans

    Place in yellow bin. Must be clean.
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    Aluminium foil/containers

    Place in red bin. 

    Aluminium foil and containers cannot be recycled as they cannot make it through the conveyor belts and equipment at the Materials Recovery Facility.

  • Asbestos

    Asbestos

    Asbestos is only accepted at Cairncoss Waste Management Facility.  Strict and specific procedures apply to Asbestos Waste Disposal

  • Ash

    Ash

    Place in green bin.
  • Baskets and buckets

    Baskets and buckets

    Woven baskets and plastic laundry baskets in good condition can be donated to your local charity store. Baskets and buckets in poor condition can be placed in the red bin if they will fit. Otherwise, these can be taken to a Council waste facility.

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    Batteries - single use & rechargeable

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility.

    Do not place in domestic bins as they are harmful to the environment.

    What happens next? Find out here.

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    Battery - car

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility.

    Do not place in domestic bins as car batteries have specific risks and must be recycled separately.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Bicycles

    Bicycles

    Working bicycles can be donated to your local charity. Non-working bicycles can be taken to a Council waste facility.
    If you have numerous large items, you may wish to book a pay-as-you-go kerbside collection service. Please call Council on 02 6581 8111 to book.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Bones

    Bones

    Place meat bones, raw and cooked, in the green bin and kitchen tidy bin.
  • Books

    Books

    Place in yellow bin.

    Hint: Non damaged books can be donated to a charity shop for reuse.

  • Bottle tops and lids

    Bottle tops and lids

    Place in red bin

    These should not be put in the yellow bin as they are too small to make it though the equipment at the Materials Recovery Facility

  • Bottles

    Bottles

    Place in yellow bin. Clear, brown and green glass bottles and jars only, all must be rinsed. Avoid breaking.
    Note: Broken glass, lids and bottle tops should be placed in the red bin.

  • Bread, cakes, pasta, rice

    Bread, cakes, pasta, rice

    Place in green bin
  • Bubble wrap

    Bubble wrap

    Place in red bin.
    Alternatively you can place A3 size pieces in the RedCycle bin at any Coles or Woolworths.
  • Building materials

    Building materials

    Building materials can be taken to a Council waste facility.

    Hint: If you are doing home renovations you can save money on disposal costs by sorting your load.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Butane Gas Canister

    Butane gas canister

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility.

     What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Car parts

    Car parts

    Talk to your local second hand car yard, car ‘wreckers’ or take them to a Council waste facility. No car parts should ever be placed in domestic bins.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Cardboard (Non waxed and waxed)

    Cardboard

    Place in yellow bin. This includes milk and juice cartons (Tetra paks).
    Hint: Boxes should be collapsed to maximise space.

  • Carpet

    Carpet

    Small amounts of carpet can be placed into your red bin, where it will be sent to landfill.
    Larger quantities of carpet can be taken to a Council waste facility.

  • Cellophane

    Cellophane

    Place in red bin. Cellophane cannot be recycled.
    Cellophane from bunches of flowers (cut into A3 size pieces) can be taken to a RedCycle bin at any Coles or Woolworths.
  • Ceramics

    Ceramics

    Place in red bin. Ceramics cannot be recycled. Examples of ceramic items include, crockery, plates, cups and saucers, table wear, serving wear, porcelain and china.
  • Chemicals

    Chemicals

    Hazardous materials must not be placed in domestic bins because they are dangerous to residents, waste collectors, landfill staff and the environment.
    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility
    *Up to 20 litres can be dropped off.  If quantities exceed 20 litres, charges will apply.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Clean Fill/VENM

    Clean Fill/VENM

    Clean fill or virgin excavated natural material (VENM) cannot be disposed of in domestic or commercial bins. This can be taken to the Cairncross Waste Management Facility. For large volumes please contact council prior to disposal.

    What happens next? Find out here.

  • Cling wrap

    Cling wrap

    Place in red bin.
    Alternatively you can place cling wrap free of food residue in the RedCycle bin at any Coles or Woolworths. GLAD, COLES Home brand and WOOLWORTHS Essential Home brand ONLY

  • Clothing / Textiles

    Clothing / Textiles

    Clothing in good condition can be donated to a charity or dropped off at Port Macquarie Domestic Waste Facility. Clothing or textiles not in good condition should be placed in the Red Bin.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Coffee cups

    Coffee cups

    Place in red bin. Coffee cups (either polystyrene or paper with a plastic coating) cannot be recycled.
    Hint: Buy and use a reusable coffee cup. Your café can make your coffee directly into your own cup.
  • Coffee grounds

    Coffee grounds

    Place in green bin.
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    Coffee pods

    Place in red bin.

  • Concrete and Bricks

    Concrete & Bricks

    Concrete and bricks are only accepted at the Cairncross Waste Management Facility.

    Hint: If you are doing home renovations you can save money on disposal costs by sorting your load.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese

    Dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese

    Place in green bin.
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    drumMuster

    You can dispose of  agricultural and veterinary chemical drums at Council’s Cairncross Waste Management Facility under the drumMuster program.

    What happens next? Find out here.

  • Electronic waste (Computers, TVs etc)

    E-waste (Computers, TVs etc)

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility
    Electronics include: televisions, computers, towers, keyboards, mouse, joysticks, VCRs, DVD players, gaming consoles, Hi-fi equipment, faxes, printers and multi-functions, laptops, tablets and micro-stereos.
    The following items are NOT accepted as E-waste and will be charged the minimum mixed waste charge: broken televisions/screens, products contaminated with hazardous materials or foreign objects. Power tools, appliances/microwaves and universal power supplies.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Egg cartons

    Egg cartons

    Place in yellow bin. Must be clean.
  • Eye glasses

    Eye glasses

    Place in red bin.

     HINT: Glasses can be taken to Specsavers stores for collection and distribution by Lions Clubs.

  • Fire Extinguisher

    Fire Extinguishers

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Fluorescent light tubes/globes

    Fluorescent light tubes & globes

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Foam

    Foam

    Place in red bin. Foam, styrofoam or polystyrene cannot be recycled.

    Examples of foam items include: meat trays, protective packaging and foam cups, foam bedding, furniture, toy and cushion stuffing 

     

  • Food waste

    Food waste

    Place in green bin. Examples include: meat, chicken, fish, shellfish (excludes oyster shells), bones, plate scrapings, fruit and vegetable scraps, cake, bread, rice, pasta, dairy products like cheese, yogurt and cream, tea bags and coffee grounds.

    Remember: Please don't place food in your Red Bin as it will be landfilled and generate methane, 24 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps

    Fruit and vegetable scraps

    Place in green bin.

    Remember: Please don't place food in your Red Bin as it will be landfilled and generate methane, 24 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

  • Furniture

    Furniture

    Undamaged furniture can be taken to a local charity store, otherwise drop off at a Council waste facility.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Garden waste

    Garden waste

    Place in green bin. Examples include: lawn clippings, prunings, small sticks and twigs flowers and leaves - no large stumps or branches.

    Remember: Please don't place garden waste in your Red Bin as it will be landfilled and generate methane, 24 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

  • Gas bottles

    Gas bottles

    Do not place in domestic bins. They can be dropped off for free at a Council waste facility.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Glass (other than jars and bottles)

    Glass (other than jars and bottles)

    Place in red bin. Examples include: glass mirrors, windows, light globes, drinking glasses and broken glass jars.
    These items have different melting properties to bottles and jars. They cannot be processed with recyclable glass bottles and jars as they weaken the final product.

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    Hessian bags

    Hessian bags can be placed in the red bin or composted at home (though it will take some time to decompose) as long as non-natural attachments such as plastic linings are removed first.

  • Household cleaning products

    Household hazardous waste & cleaning products

    Hazardous materials and liquids must not be placed in domestic bins because they are dangerous to residents, waste collectors, landfill staff and the environment.
    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility
    *Up to 20 litres can be dropped off.  If quantities exceed 20 litres, charges will apply.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Ice cream containers

    Ice cream containers

    Place in yellow bin. Must be clean
  • Ink cartridges

    Ink cartridges

    Do not place in domestic bins. You can drop off your used or empty laser and inkjet cartridges at all Officeworks and participating Australia Post, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets. Please visit PlanetArk for a drop off location in our local area

  • Jars (glass)

    Jars (glass)

    Place in yellow bin. Clear, brown and green glass bottles and jars only, all must be rinsed. Avoid breaking.
    Note: Broken glass, lids and bottle tops should be placed in the red bin.

  • Junk mail

    Junk mail

    Place in yellow bin. Ensure any rubber bands and plastic wrapping have been removed.

  • Kitty litter

    Kitty litter

    Place in red bin
  • Lawn clippings, leaves

    Lawn clippings, leaves

    Place in green bin.

    Remember: Please don't place green waste in your Red Bin as it will be landfilled and generate methane, 24 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

  • Light bulbs

    Light bulbs (non fluorescent)

    Place in Red Bin after wrapping in appropriate material to avoid rupture of rubbish bags and cutting risks. 

     

  • LPG Auto Gas Tank

    LPG Auto Gas Tank

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Magazines

    Magazines

    Place in yellow bin.

    Ensure any plastic wrapping and rubber bands have been removed

     

  • Mattresses

    Mattresses

    Mattresses must be dropped off at a Council waste facility.
    There is a small fee per mattress or base to cover the cost of recycling.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Meat scraps and bones

    Meat scraps and bones

    Place in green bin.

    Hint: Freeze meat bones and scraps until bin collection day to reduce odours.

    Remember: Please don't place food in your Red Bin as it will be landfilled and generate methane, 24 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

  • Meat trays

    Meat trays

    Foam meat trays cannot be recycled and can be placed in the red bin.
    Plastic meat trays can be placed in the yellow recycling bin, if numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7. Must be clean.
  • Medical waste

    Medical waste

    Medical waste must not be disposed of through the domestic waste collection service. Speak to your doctor or pharmacy about suitable disposal methods.
  • Medicines

    Medicines

    Surplus, out of date, or unused medicines should be returned to a participating hospital or pharmacy.

  • Milk cartons

    Milk cartons

    Place in yellow bin.
  • Mirror glass

    Mirror glass

    Place in red bin.
  • Mobile phones

    Mobile phones

    Return to shops selling mobile phones and place in the Mobile Muster bins.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Nappies (disposable)

    Nappies (disposable)

    Place in red bin.

    Hint: Reusable products may cost a little more up-front, but in the long term, they can save you money. They are also a great choice in reducing how much we send to landfill. 

     

  • Needles and syringes

    Needles and syringes

  • Newspapers

    Newspapers

    Place in yellow bin.
  • Oil

    Oil - cooking

    Cooking oil should be disposed of correctly. It can be dropped off for free at a Council waste facility

    *Up to 20 litres can be dropped off. If quantities exceed 20 litres, charges will apply.

    What happens next? Find out here.

  • Motor Oil

    Oil - motor

    Motor oil should be disposed of correctly. It can be dropped off for free at a Council waste facility

    *Up to 20 litres can be dropped off. If quantities exceed 20 litres, charges will apply.

    What happens next? Find out here.

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    Oyster shells

    Place in red bin.

    Oyster shells are difficult to break down within the compost facility cycle – so we prefer them to go into the red bin, or you can bury in your yard. Meat bones and other shellfish such as prawn shells are ok in the green bin.

     

  • Solvent Based Paint

    Paint - solvent based

    If you have large amounts of paint, consider donating it to a community organisation that can use it.
    Drop off up to 20 litres for free at a Council waste facility

    Hint - solvent based paint can be identified by the red flammable logo on the tin and must be disposed of separately from water based paint.

    What happens next? Find out here.

  • Paint tins

    Paint - water based

    If you have large amounts of paint, consider donating it to a community organisation that can use it.

    Drop off up to 20 litres for free at a Council waste facility

    What happens next? Find out here.

  • Paper

    Paper

    Place in yellow bin.
  • Paper (shredded)

    Paper (shredded)

    Place in green bin. It should not be placed in the yellow recycling bin as this is sorted by hand and shredded paper will not be processed.
  • Paper towel (soiled or clean)

    Paper towel (soiled or clean)

    Place in green bin
  • Pens and pencils

    Pens and pencils

    Place in red bin.
  • Pet food

    Pet food

    Place in green bin.
  • Pet waste / animal droppings

    Pet waste / animal droppings / faeces

    Place in red bin.
    Hint: Pet waste (dog poo) can be buried in your garden. If you decide to put it in the red bin, bag or double-bag it securely to prevent smells and flies.

  • Phone books

    Phone books

    Place in yellow bin.
  • Pizza boxes

    Pizza boxes

    Empty pizza boxes, containing no food scraps, can be recycled in your yellow bin.
    Pizza boxes containing food scraps cannot be recycled and should be placed into your green bin.

  • Plant pots (plastic)

    Plant pots (plastic)

    Place in red bin.
  • Plants, cuttings and prunings

    Plants, cuttings and prunings

    Place in green bin. Examples include: lawn clippings, prunings, small sticks, twigs, flowers and leaves.
    Note: No large stumps or branches.

    Remember: Please don't place green waste in your Red Bin as it will be landfilled and generate methane, 24 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

  • Plastic bags

    Plastic bags

    Place in red bin. They must NOT be placed in the yellow or green bins.
    Alternatively you can place in the RedCycle bin at any Coles or Woolworths.
  • Plastics: numbers 1-7

    Plastics: numbers 1-7

    Place in yellow bin. Plastic bottles and containers – numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
    Hint: Rinse containers with water to reduce odours before placing in the bin.
  • Styrofoam

    Polystyrene or Styrofoam

    Examples of Polystyrene or Styrofoam include: Meat trays, protective moulded packaging or loose packaging pieces and beanbag beans. Loose small Styrofoam pieces should be securely bagged for collection from the red bin as they may stick to the bin sides or blow loose into the environment during collection creating litter.

  • Refrigerators

    Refrigeration Appliances (fridges, air conditioners)

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Scrap metal

    Scrap metal

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility 

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Seafood, fish, shellfish

    Seafood, fish, shellfish

    Place in green bin.

    Hint: Freeze seafood waste until bin collection day to reduce odours.

    Remember: Please don't place food in your Red Bin as it will be landfilled and generate methane, 24 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

  • Serviettes

    Serviettes

    Place in green bin.
  • straws

    Straws

    Place in red bin.

    Straws are a single use item – please avoid using a straw when possible, or choose a reusable option. All straws must go in the red bin as they cannot be sorted or material properly identified.

  • Take away containers (Plastic)

    Take away containers (Plastic)

    Place in yellow bin. Clean, rigid plastic containers – numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
    Hint: It is important to wash the containers so they can be recycled. This will also reduce odours.
    Note: Foam take away containers cannot be recycled and must be placed into your red bin.
    Remember: Any leftover take away food should be placed in the green food and garden waste bin.

  • Tea bags

    Tea bags

    Place in the green bin.
  • Televisions

    Televisions

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Tissues

    Tissues

    Used tissues should be placed in the green bin

  • Toys

    Toys

    Toys in good condition can be donated to a charity, otherwise place in red bin.
  • Tyres

    Tyres

    Tyres can be dropped off at a Council waste facility.

    What happens next? Find out here.

     

  • Vacuum cleaner dust

    Vacuum cleaner dust

    Place in green bin.
  • Weeds

    Weeds

    Place in green bin.

    Remember: Please don't place green waste in your Red Bin as it will be landfilled and generate methane, 24 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

     

  • Whitegoods

    Whitegoods

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility
    If you have numerous large items, you may wish to book a pay-as-you-go kerbside collection. Please call Council on 02 6581 8111 to book.

  • Window glass

    Window glass

    Place in red bin.
  • Wine cask bladder

    Wine cask bladder

    The inner foil bag cannot be recycled and should be placed in the red bin.
    Clear plastic wine bladders can be placed in the RedCycle bin at any Coles or Woolworths.

  • Wine cask box

    Wine cask box

    Cardboard boxes should be placed in the yellow recycling bin.
  • Wood/Timber

    Wood/Timber

    Non treated timber can be placed in the green bin.

    Treated timber or MDF (chipboard) can be placed in the red bin or taken to a Council waste facility.

    Note: No large stumps or branches. These should be taken to a Council waste facility.

     

  • Wrapping paper

    Wrapping paper

    Place in yellow bin. (Foil wrapping paper must be placed in red bin)

  • X-ray

    X-rays

    Drop off for free at Port Macquarie Domestic Waste Facility

    What happens next? Find out here.

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This page was last updated on: 14 October 2020