By putting the right stuff in the yellow bin, you’re making it possible for us to recycle. Remember to give your bottles and containers a rinse, make sure they are loose and put the lids in the red bin. Your recycling bin is collected every two weeks.

What happens to your recycling?

Putting the right clean items in the yellow bin helps to keep our recycling quality high. This means the recycling markets, where we sell our recycling, are more likely to buy it when compared to lower quality recycling.

If we lose access to any of our recycling markets, either here or overseas, it’s likely that we will have to send this material to landfill. It costs much more to send material to landfill than to recycle it.

You can read our Newsline story(external link) to learn more about what happens to your recycling once it leaves your gate.  

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The right stuff to recycle

The only items that can go in the yellow bin are: 

  • Clean plastic bottles and containers that are 3 litres or smaller in size but no smaller than a yoghurt pottle and not squashed. These are items:
    • numbered 1, such as soft drink bottles
    • numbered 2, such as milk bottles
    • numbered 5, such as family-sized yoghurt and ice cream containers
  • Metals, such as aluminium cans, metal tins or aerosol cans. Make sure not to squash them. 
  • Clean glass, such as clear and coloured glass bottles or jars.
  • Clean cardboard and paper, such as newspapers and flattened cardboard boxes.

Remember to put lids in the red bin

It's important that all bottles and containers have the tops or lids removed and to put any lids in the red bin.

Want more info on how to bin good?

Make sure only the right stuff goes into your yellow bin. If the wrong stuff goes into the yellow bin, the entire truckload may have to go to landfill. Take a look at how good we have been(external link).

Download the Wheelie Bins App or print off this handy recycling guide [PDF, 406 KB] if you need a reminder on how to bin good with recycling.

Anything else needs to go in your red or green wheelie bin, or you can drop it for free at nearest EcoDrop.

  • household appliances e.g. kettles, jugs, toasters etc - Take these items to the EcoDrop 
  • metal items e.g. pots, pans, coat hangers, tools and machinery- Take these items to the EcoDrop 
  • clothing, shoes, fabric or bedding - Drop these to your local clothing bin or if damaged put them in the red bin
  • gas bottles, fire extinguishers or batteries - Take these items to the EcoDrop 
  • soft plastics, plastic film, plastic bags, or strapping - Put them in the red bin
  • disposable nappies  - Put them in the red bin
  • broken light bulbs, window glass - wrap well and put them in the red bin  
  • disposable coffee cups, liquid cartons or polystyrene  - Put them in the red bin
  • wet paper, used paper towels, food or green waste - Put them in the green bin
  • paint, automotive products, dry chemicals - Take these items to the EcoDrop 
  • drinking glasses or crockery - Take these items to the EcoDrop  or wrap and put in the red bin if broken