Find out about recycling; what can be recycled, what cannot be recycled and frequently asked questions.
What can be recycled?
You can recycle:
✔ Glass bottles and jars.
✔ Steel and aluminium cans including aerosols and clean alfoil trays (no other metal items of any kind).
✔ Newspapers, office paper, magazines, etc. (no plastic wrapping and do not bundle items together).
✔ Cardboard (remove contents and liners and please flatten).
✔ Plastic bottles and containers with the recycling symbol (remove lids and rinse).
✔ Drink cartons (no silver lined UHT cartons).
✔ Anything with a 'recycling' symbol
What cannot be recycled?
You can't recycle:
✘ Plastic bags, plastic film or shrink wrap.
✘ Polystyrene goods (eg. meat trays and packaging).
✘ Ceramics, window glass, light globes, mirrors or broken glass.
✘ Garden waste of any sort.
✘ Household rubbish, food scraps or food wrappings.
✘ Metal of any kind (other than listed above).
✘ Paint or paint tins
✘ Syringes/needles or medical waste.
✘ Clothing or leather
✘ Oil, acid or chemicals
✘ Liquid of any kind
✘ Building rubble
✘ Animal waste or kitty litter
Recycling frequently asked questions
(This information is sourced from Cleanup Australia)
How clean does the stuff I recycle need to be?
Items don't need to be spotless, but should be clean of food scraps and be dry when placed into the bin.
What happens with plastic lids?
All lids have to be removed from bottles and jars and thrown in the garbage as they cause problems in the recycling process.
Does one plastic bag in the recycling bin matter?
Recycling rubbish placed in plastic bags cannot be sorted. Even worse, plastic bags can get stuck in the sorting machinery.
What is waste contamination?
Contamination occurs when a non-recyclable item is placed in the recycle bin or collection truck. This makes all of the material in that bin or truck useless for recycling, so it's best to be thorough.