What to put in your bins

Overview

Did you know that most household and commercial waste is recoverable?

This is why we have adopted a three-bin system for all our residents to recover as much recyclables, and food and garden waste prior to disposal in landfill.

We provide a fortnightly general waste (garbage) and recycling bin collection for all rural and urban residents. We also provide a weekly organics collection for urban residents. 

By knowing what goes in which bin and disposing of your waste correctly, you can contribute to more material recovery and less waste going to landfill. Reducing your waste in the first place and recycling what can be recycled saves natural resources and extend the life of our landfill.

General waste (garbage) bin

Your red lidded bin is for the disposal of all waste items which can't be recycled or cannot go in your organics bin. The majority of this will be soft plastics, wrappers and general refuse like broken crockery and hygiene products. If you have young children, their nappies should go in the red bin.

Larger items, e-waste and some other specific items (chemicals, batteries...) shouldn't be disposed in your general waste bin. Some can be recycled or safely disposed by using our transfer stations or a specific program like Detox your home

 What goes in the garbage bin?  What doesn't go in the garbage bin? 
  • Soft plastics including bags
  • Nappies
  • Hygiene products
  • Clothing and rags
  • Broken crockery and glass
  • Polystyrene and foam packaging
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Broken toys
  • Rope and string
  • Light globes
  • Meat and bones
  • Recyclable containers
  • Paper and cardboard (non waxed)
  • Green and food waste
  • Cooking oils and fats
  • Liquid chemicals or paint
  • Soil, timber, bricks or concrete
  • Furniture
  • Electronics, batteries or car parts
  • Ash or hot liquid
  • Flammable or corrosive items
  • Syringes and sharps

Recycling bin

Your yellow lidded bin is for the collection of material that can be recovered and remade into useful products. Generally the majority of household waste is recyclable, however many people do not realise quite how much can be recycled! 

Always place your items loose and well separated into your recycling bin. No plastic bags or soft plastic packaging should be disposed in your recycling bin as they can clog up sorting machines and can't be recycled this way. You can drop them off in a RedCycle bin in participant supermarkets or at one of our transfer stations.

What goes in the recycling bin? What doesn't go in the recycling bin?
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastic bottles (lid on)
  • Rigid plastic containers, biscuits trays
  • Glass bottles and jars (lid off)
  • Juice and milk cartons
  • Coffee cup lid
  • Aluminium and steel cans
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminium foil and trays
  • Phone books
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Plastic pot plants
  • Ink cartridges
  • Plastic bags and wraps
  • Hard plastic (i.e. broken toys)
  • Window or drinking glass
  • Gas cylinders
  • Coffee cup 
  • Electronics, batteries and car parts
  • Polystyrene and foam packaging
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Computers
  • Crockery and glassware
  • Rope and string
  • Clothing and rags
  • Food and green waste

Organics bin

Your green lidded bin is for the disposal of anything that used to be alive. It includes all food and vegetable & fruit scraps (including citrus fruit), leftovers, spoiled food, meat and bones, even dairy products. It also includes all garden waste like lawn clippings, leaves and small branches.

Households with an organics bin are provided with a free kitchen caddy and compostable liners. Additional liners can be collected for free from our Government Centre or Library.

No plastic or any other type of contamination should go in your organics bin. They have to be sorted by hand at the organics facility and threaten the quality of the compost. Always use green compostable bags. Please do not use plastic bags or biodegradable bags which can contain plastic.

What goes in the organics bin? What doesn't go in the organics bins?
  • Food scraps 
  • Dairy products
  • Egg shells
  • Pet droppings (no bag)
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Meat and bones
  • Paper towel and tissues
  • Shredded paper
  • Cooking oils and fats
  • Small branches
  • Garden prunings and weeds
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves and flowers
  • Household rubbish
  • Plastic bags or wrap
  • Plant pots or trays
  • Gravel, dirt or soil
  • Kitty litter
  • Large branches, logs or stumps
  • Concrete, bricks or other metal
  • Painted or treated timber
  • Biodegradable plastic
  • Nappies
  • Recyclable containers
  • Clothing
  • Cigarette butts