Recycling bins

Recycling bins are for comingled recyclables and typically have yellow tops or recycling signage. 

Items that belong in recycling bins

  • newspapers
  • paper and cardboard products e.g. egg cartons, envelopes (tear out plastic windows)
  • magazines and advertising leaflets
  • glass bottles and jars (all colours)
  • hard plastic containers (with plastic codes 1 to 6 or rocket bottoms)
  • aluminium cans
  • milk and juice cartons (remove lids)
  • steel cans including aerosol cans (remove nozzle) as well as clean and empty paint and pet food cans
  • pizza boxes (with the food scraps removed)

Items that do not belong in recycling bins

  • straws
  • plastic bags
  • ceramics, crockery, china or Pyrex cookware
  • broken glass
  • mirrors or windows
  • light globes or tubes
  • paper items such as serviettes, tissues and paper towel, paper plates and paper cups
  • waxed paper and waxed cardboard cartons
  • all polystyrene items
  • plastic coated paper eg. cereal bags
  • gummed labels
  • thermal fax paper or carbon paper
  • syringe or needles
  • building materials
  • scrap metal
  • oil or fuel
  • food scraps
  • clothing- use charity clothing bins

**** Common contaminants in recycling at UOW are tissues, paper towel and disposable coffee cups.  These should be placed in the general waste (landfill bins) instead.

Handy hints for recycling

  • Check hard plastic items for plastic codes 1 to 6
  • Remove lids
  • Empty liquids
  • Rinse out food
  • Crush all bulky items.

Refer to the Recycling poster (PDF).