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The A-Z guide of what goes in which bin

Hastings Family A-Z guide to which bin image

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.

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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

    Aluminium foil and containers cannot be recycled, place in the red bin.

  • Asbestos

    Asbestos

    Asbestos is only accepted at Cairncross Waste Management Facility. Call 02 6585 0738 for more information.

  • 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 - all (AAA, AA, vehicle etc)

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 your local library or charity for reuse.

  • Bottle tops and lids

    Bottle tops and lids

    Place in red bin
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 room.
  • 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 and landfill staff.
    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.

  • 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.
  • Clothing / Textiles

    Clothing / Textiles

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

  • Dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese

    Dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese

    Place in green bin.
  • Egg cartons

    Egg cartons

    Place in yellow bin. Must be clean.
  • Electronic waste (Computers, TVs etc)

    Electronic waste (Computers, TVs etc)

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility
    Materials 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 materials 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.

  • Eye glasses

    Eye glasses

    Place in red bin.
  • Fluorescent light tubes/globes

    Fluorescent light tubes/globes

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility

  • 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 including bones, plate scrapings, fruit and vegetable scraps, cake, bread, rice, pasta, Dairy products like cheese, yogurt and cream, tea bags and coffee grounds.

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps

    Fruit and vegetable scraps

    Place in green bin.
  • Furniture

    Furniture

    Non damaged furniture can be taken to a local charity store, otherwise drop off at a Council waste facility.
  • Garden waste

    Garden waste

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

    Gas bottles

    Do not place in domestic bins. They can be dropped off at a Council waste facility.
  • 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 cleaning products

    Hazardous materials must not be placed in domestic bins because they are dangerous to residents, waste collectors and landfill staff.
    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.

  • 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 plastic wrapping has been removed.
  • Kitty litter

    Kitty litter

    Place in red bin
  • Lawn clippings, leaves

    Lawn clippings, leaves

    Place in green bin.
  • Light bulbs

    Light bulbs

    Drop off light bulbs at a Council waste facility. Do not put in yellow bin.
  • Magazines

    Magazines

    Place in yellow bin.
  • 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 mattresses. They are not deposited in landfill and are taken away for special processing by a contractor.
  • 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.

  • 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

    Empty medicine bottles can be placed in the yellow recycling bin. These should be rinsed out with water before they are placed in the bin.
    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.
  • Nappies (disposable)

    Nappies (disposable)

    Place in red bin.
  • Needles and syringes

    Needles and syringes

  • Newspapers

    Newspapers

    Place in yellow bin.
  • Oil

    Oil

    Oil should be disposed of correctly. It can be dropped off at a Council waste facility. Some automotive stores offer free drop off.
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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.

     

  • Paint tins

    Paint tins

    If you have large amounts of paint, consider donating it to a community organisation that can use it.
    See Planet Ark recyclingnearyou.com.au for programs and organisations that accept unwanted paint and paint cans in your area.
    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Scrap metal

    Scrap metal

    Drop off for free at a Council waste facility 

  • Seafood, fish, shellfish

    Seafood, fish, shellfish

    Place in green bin.

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

  • 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 

  • 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.
  • Vacuum cleaner dust

    Vacuum cleaner dust

    Place in green bin.
  • Weeds

    Weeds

    Place in green bin.
  • 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.

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This page was last updated on: 20 November 2019