What can I put in my bins?

Check it before you chuck it - look for recycling labels on packaging

See what you can put in your general waste and recycling bins by checking out the headings below.

There are some items that should not be placed in your wheelie bins, although they can be disposed or recycled at council waste facilities or via other community/retail programs.

For more information about specific items, search where to recycle or dispose.

Watch waste education videos, including information on using the waste hierarchy, recycling, bin safety, food and organic composting, and much more.

Rethink waste fact sheets:

Help with disposing or recycling packaging items

Planet Ark has created the Australasian Recycling Label for packaged items to help us check at the supermarket and at the bin to make the right choice. The Recycling label clearly displays where to dispose or recycle the layers of packaging used for food, beverages, and other household items. Look for the symbols on packaging and advise your household to ‘Check it before you chuck it’.

More companies will add the label to comply with the national targets for all packaging to be recyclable or compostable by 2025. More information is available at Australasian Recycling Label.

Rubbish bin (green or red lid)

General waste wheelie bins are serviced weekly. 

Waste materials produced through daily household or commercial activities are accepted, this includes compostable packaging or household items. Search where to recycle or dispose to see what can be put in your general waste bin.

Green waste - did you know residents can take grass clippings, palm fronds, sticks, leaves and tree prunings to our waste facilities for mulching at no cost?

Bulky or heavy materials that increase the entire bin weight over 40 kilograms should be brought to a waste management facility for disposal.

Do not put these waste items in your rubbish bin:

  • bricks, rocks, cement
  • building materials
  • motor vehicle parts or large metal objects 
  • fire ash (must be a minimum of 2 days after use)
  • hazardous materials. 
Plastic bags and wrappers acceptedFood scraps and rubbish acceptedNo hazardous wasteNo recycleables

Recycling bin (yellow lid)

Recycling wheelie bins are serviced fortnightlyPrint the 2021 Recycling calendar and Waste Facilities Accepted waste table(PDF, 513KB) and find out when your bins are collected.

Don’t bag your recycling, keep it loose so we can sort it out. Empty, rinse or wipe and dry containers and trays before recycling.

Items that are accepted in the kerbside recycling bin include the items below that are empty of food and liquid 

Check it before you chuck it! Look on the package for the Australasian Recycling Label that identifies where to dispose or recycle the layers of packaging for many supermarket items.

Did you know?

Compostable cups, lids, bags and other packaging that look like plastic are NOT recyclable. Compostable packaging and other items including compostable toothbrushes are made using organic starch from vegetables and grains. These items are not successfully composted in your home compost system as they require significant volume, heat and processing to breakdown the commercially compostable materials.

Do not place these items in the recycling bin as they will be sorted as contamination and disposed in landfill. Dispose in your general waste bin. 

Materials that can’t go into the recycling bin include:

  • garden waste
  • food waste
  • disposable paper such as soiled tissues and wipes
  • polystyrene
  • compostable packaging (look like plastic) that are usually single use ie plates, cups, single-use coffee lids, cutlery, toothbrushes etc     
  • soft plastics such as plastic bags, chip packets and zip lock bags
  • wood
  • medical waste or nappies
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs
  • household glass, e.g. mirrors, windows or drinking glasses
  • ceramic items, e.g. coffee mugs and cookware
  • scrap metal
  • clothing, manchester, curtains, pillows
  • batteries
  • e-waste, including printer cartridges
  • motor oil containers
  • hazardous materials

Search our waste database to find out where you can take materials that aren't accepted in the kerbside recycling bin to be recovered.

Paper, cardboard boxes, cartons and packaging acceptedPlastic, glass, metal cans, bottles and containers acceptedNo plastic bags, wrap or polystyreneNo food scraps, rubbish or vegetationNo hazardous waste

See waste education videos to find out more about what can go in recycling bins and why. 

View the Containers 4 Change video set your containers free in the recycling bin.

How rubbish are you at recycling? Take our quiz to find out!

Hazardous items that cannot go into your household bins

These items are considered hazardous and cannot go into your household bins, but you can dispose or recycle them at some facilities. Search where to recycle or dispose for options.

  • asbestos
  • household, power tool, electronic and vehicle batteries
  • paints, oils, chemicals or solvents
  • medical waste
  • gas cylinders
  • tyres
  • smoke alarms
  • fire extinguishers
  • EPIRBs.