Yellow Lid Bin (Recycle)

Recyclable materials (listed below) should be placed in your yellow lid bin.

Your recycle bin is collected every two weeks. Find out when your bin will be collected.

Residents have the option of different recycle bin sizes: 120 litres, 240 litres or 360 litres. Please contact Council if you would like to alter your bin size.

What materials CAN I place in my recycle bin?

  • Paper and cardboard
    including envelopes with plastic windows, tissue boxes, egg cartons, magazines, phone books, empty pizza boxes, frozen food boxes
  • Milk and juice cartons (known as liquid paperboard)
    including fresh and long-life (UHT) cartons
  • Aluminium and steel cans
    including lids, and empty aerosol cans
  • Plastics numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7
    Look for any of these symbols:
    Plastic recycling symbols 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
    These include:
    1. Polyethylene Terephthalate
      For example: soft drink bottles
    2. High Density Polyethylene
      For example: milk bottles, cordial and juice bottles
    3. Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride UPVC
      For example: clear cordial and juice bottles
    4. Low Density Polyethylene
      For example: ice cream container lids
    5. Polypropylene
      For example: ice cream containers, yoghurt pots
    6. Other (usually polycarbonate)

What materials CAN’T I place in my recycle bin?

  • Soft plastics that can be easily scrunched into a ball, or break apart easily (for example: plastic shopping bags, cling wrap, bread bags, confectionery wrappers, chip packets)
  • Polystyrene (including those labelled as recyclable)
  • Light globes
  • Batteries
  • Crockery and ceramics
  • Electronic equipment (for example: TVs, computers, phones)
  • Clothing and fabric
  • Nappies
  • Liquids
  • Hot ashes
  • Engine oil
  • Scrap steel and aluminium
  • Toys
  • Broken drinking glasses or broken window glass
  • Glass bottles and jars (these can be rinsed and put in your purple lid bin, with the lids still on if possible)
  • Food and garden waste (these can go in your green lid bin)

Most of these materials CAN be recycled at one of Council's Resource Recovery Centres, which offer a wider range of recycling services.

If you're unsure of how to dispose of something, check our How to Dispose of Common Items page.

Here's a video from Visy (the company that sorts your recycling), about what you can and can't put in your recycling bin:

Visy is a recognised leader in the recycling of cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminium in Australia.

For more than a decade, Visy has been teaching the community about why we should all be recycling and how best to go about it.

If you would like to learn more about turning recyclables into reusable material, visit the Visy website.

What happens to the recycling after it has been collected?

After your recycling has been collected, it is transported to the Visy Materials Recovery Facility in Springvale (Melbourne), where it is sorted into paper and cardboard, plastic, aluminium, steel and glass. Once these items are sorted they are sent to processing facilities across Australia and internationally, where they are recycled into new items.

Recycling tips

    • Don’t put recyclables in plastic bags. Use a tub or basket to carry the items to your recycling bin.
    • Make sure plastic bottles are empty, and leave lids and labels on - the recycling process will remove these.
    • Conserve water by not rinsing. Just empty any food or liquid before you put items in the yellow lid bin.
    • If you have old electronics, take them to your nearest Resource Recovery Centre or drop off point. Electronic waste doesn’t belong in the recycling bin.
    • Old clothes and shoes in good condition can be donated to a local charitable organisation or second-hand store, or otherwise to an organisation that makes rags. They do not belong in the yellow lid bin. If necessary, they can be placed in your landfill bin (red lid).

If your bin is exceeding 100 kilograms in weight it will NOT be collected. Please remove material prior to the next collection.