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Your yellow lidded recycling 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.

What goes in the recycling bin? What doesn't go in the recycling bin?
Paper and cardboard Waxed cardboard
Rigid plastic containers and bottle with codes 1-7 Hard plastic such as broken toys
Glass bottles and jars Window glass and drinking glass
Aluminium and steel cans Gas cylinders
Aerosol cans Electronics
Foil containers Batteries and car parts
Phone books Polysturene
Newspapers and magazines Plastic bags
Plastic plant pots Computers
Shampoo bottles Crockery and tableware
Biscuit trays Rope, string and wire
  Clothing, shoies and fabric
  Food waste
  Green waste


What happens to my recycling?

Once the recycling truck collects your bin, it takes its load to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). MRFs sort the load into various ‘streams’:

  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Plastics (Codes 1 to 7)

These streams are baled up and sent to recycling facilities where they get turned into new products.

Top items that confuse people

Plastic bags

Recycle by taking them to a plastic bag collection bin at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.

A better option is to carry a reusable bag to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.


Recyclable when scrunched in a ball larger than a golf ball, which allows the foil to be sorted correctly. Aluminium is almost indefinitely recyclable.

Soft plastics (plastic wrappers, cling wrap)

Any soft plastic that can be scrunched into a ball can be recycled along with your plastic bags at your local supermarket. Buying products without excess plastic packaging or using reusable containers will help to reduce plastic waste.

Coffee cups

In most areas of Victoria the hard plastic lid can be recycled but the coffee cup itself should be put in the rubbish bin. Most cups are a mix of plastic and paper and only a few councils in Victoria can currently collect them for recycling. Coffee cups are accepted in the recycling bin in Wangaratta but if travelling elsewhere this may not be the case so check with council or better still, take a reusable cup! 

Recycling at the Transfer Station

There are many items that can be recycled but will not fit or should not go in your yellow lidded recycling bin. For example, old televisions, car batteries, fridges and other white goods can all be recycled. Sometimes you may even have large cardboard boxes that will not fit in your yellow bin. All these items can be recycled at the transfer station. Some fees may apply. For further details on Transfer Stations please click here.


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