What can I put in my recycling bin?
- Plastic – rigid containers including milk cartons, cream bottles, soft drink bottles, detergent containers, clean chemical containers, biscuit trays, shampoo bottles, spray bottles and yoghurt containers.
- Glass bottles, jars, sauce bottles and containers, Aluminium including cans, foil pie dishes etc.
- Metal – All steel food cans eg. soup, pet food, baby food and any empty aerosol cans.
- Paper – Paper items including cardboard, newspapers, magazines, telephone books, cards etc.
All of these items should be placed loose in your bin. Do not bundle papers or put recyclables in plastic bags. Recyclables in plastic bags are sent to landfill.
What you cannot put in your recycling bin
- Polystyrene and foam products
- Syringes – Sharps containers can be collected from Council free of charge.
- Plastic bags, food wrappers and soft plastics such as plastic wrap. These can be recycled at Coles and Woolworths
- Household waste
- Broken glass or glass from windows, mirrors, pyrex and broken ceramics
- Green garden waste
- Clothes, shoes or any other fabric materials.
- Children’s toys
- Liquids including paint and oil.
- Timber or building materials
- Sheet plastic
- Dead animals
- Electronic equipment.
- Batteries – household batteries can be recycled at your local Aldi store.
It’s one of the biggest problems associated with recycling. Any non-recyclables in your bin that are emptied into the truck can contaminate the entire truckload.