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Last reviewed: Tue, 15 Apr 2014


Kerbside recycling collection bin

Your yellow wheelie bin is for recycling and is collected fortnightly. You can use the yellow bin for waste that can be recycled through the kerbside collection service.

 What can go in your recycling bin:

CardboardMetal tinsGlass bottles and jars
Aluminium cansPlastic containersAerosol cans
PaperPlastic bottlesPlastic bags

Plastics – clean plastic household containers (no plastic film, wrap or strap)
Metals – clean household tins, cans and aerosols (no foil or other metal objects)
Glass – clean glass bottles and jars (no lightbulbs or window glass)
Paper and cardboard – all clean paper, magazines and cardboard
No liquid/ no food

While more items than this are recyclable, only the items listed above are accepted in the kerbside bins. This is because the machinery at the Recycling Plant can only separate certain items. See the video for how the material is separated at the Plant, ready to be recycled.


What can't go in your recycling bin:

  • Ash (hot or cold)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Car parts and scrap metal
  • Ceramics, porcelain and crockery
  • Clothing, fabric and shoes
  • Cutlery
  • Drinking glasses
  • Engine oil containers
  • Flimsy plastic packaging
  • Food and garden waste
  • Furniture
  • Garden hose
  • Gas bottles
  • General rubbish
  • Household applicances
  • Light bulbs
  • Liquids
  • Mirrors
  • Nappies
  • Paint and chemicals
  • Plastic ties and plastic tubing
  • Polystyrene (packaging and meat trays)
  • Toys
  • Tyres and rubber
  • Window or windscreen glass.
  • Many items that don't go in the yellow bin, can still be recycled. You can drop off your old clothing at one of the many clothing collection bins around the city, or take metals and other items to the EcoDepots for free.

    Also check out the waste minimisation recycling directory to see where other items that are not accepted in the kerbside collection can be taken.


    Authorising Unit: City Water and Waste

    Last reviewed: Tuesday, 15 April 2014

    Next review: Wednesday, 15 October 2014

    Keywords: recycling