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Red rubbish bin

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Reducing rubbish in the red bin is easy. Put all your food and garden waste into the green lidded bin which is collected weekly, and recycle as much as you can into your yellow bin. Sorting your waste properly into your green and yellow bins could reduce your red bin contents by more than half.

Did you know?

  • 40% of what we currently put in our red bins can be put in our green bins instead?
  • 18% of what we currently put in our red bins can be put in our yellow bins?
  • Red bin rubbish goes to landfill, which costs ratepayers three times more to process than food and garden waste.
  • Landfill is the rubbish tip. It is permanent and can never be reclaimed. This impact on our environment is significant.
  • If the contents of red bins were sorted correctly, ratepayers would save over $500,000 annually in the State Government Waste Levy.

Household waste that cannot be placed in the yellow recycling bin or the food and garden organics green bin should be placed in the red rubbish bin.  Red bin waste goes straight to landfill and should be the bin of last resort - make the red bin your last option and use the green and yellow first so your red bin won't burst!

These items CAN go into your red rubbish bin:

  • general waste
  • plastic bags or drop off soft plastics at your local Redcycle bin at Coles supermarkets
  • packets, wrappers, cling wrap and bubble wrap
  • nappies and sanitary waste, wrapped tightly and stored in well-sealed bags
  • pet waste, kitty litter
  • foam, polystyrene
  • mirrors, ceramics, cookware and drinking glasses

DO NOT put these items into your Red Rubbish Bin:

  • food and garden waste
  • recyclables
  • building materials
  • syringes
  • oil or paint
  • gas bottles
  • hazardous or chemical waste 
  • medical waste

 Download the Red Bin Fact Sheet688KB pdf(PDF, 688KB)

 Download Your Bin Guide2MB pdf(PDF, 2MB)

Did you know?

  • By sorting your waste correctly (food and garden into green, and recycling into yellow) you can reduce your red bin rubbish by up to half.
  • Council accepts the following for FREE at its waste transfer stations:  bulk cardboard, glass bottles and aluminium cans, oil, hazardous materials including paint, e-waste, gas bottles, and scrap metals such as whitegoods.
  • Syringes can be dropped off at Council waste facilities or refer to a safe sharp location near you.
  • Bulky garden waste can be dropped off at Council waste transfer stations for a small fee to help cover the costs of transport, processing, staffing and energy costs.
  • Goods and materials such as books, clothing, furniture, appliances and building materials should be separated and taken for reuse to opportunity shops, secondhand dealers and building material recyclers.
  • Plastic bags can be recycled at your local Redcycle drop off at Coles supermarkets

View our red rubbish bin video.


This page was last updated on: 20 November 2019