What can go in your recycling bin:
- Plastics – all clean plastic household containers (no plastic film)
- Metals – all clean household tins, cans and aerosols (no foil or other metal objects)
- Glass – all clean glass bottles and jars (no lightbulbs or window glass)
- Paper and cardboard – all clean paper, magazines, boxboard and cardboard.
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 wrapCar parts and scrap metalCeramics, porcelain and crockeryClothing, fabric and shoesCutleryDrinking glassesEngine oil containersFlimsy plastic packagingFood and garden waste FurnitureGarden hoseGas bottles||General rubbishHousehold applicancesLight bulbsLiquidsMirrorsNappiesPaint and chemicalsPlastic ties and plastic tubingPolystyrene (packaging and meat trays)ToysTyres and rubberWindow 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.