Recycling bins

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

Items that belong in recycling bins

  • newspapers1
  • 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 5 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)


#  Paper and cardboard should be placed in Paper and cardboard bins where available.

Items that do not belong in co-mingled recycling bins

  • straws
  • plastic bags (refer to other recycling options page for details on how to recycle these)
  • ceramics, crockery, china or Pyrex cookware
  • broken glass
  • mirrors or windows
  • light globes or tubes  (refer to other recycling options  page for details on how to recycle these)
  • serviettes, tissues and paper towel (these go in the general waste bins)
  • paper and fibre-based takeaway food packaging (including those labelled compostable) go in the  general waste bins
  • waxed paper and waxed cardboard cartons
  • all polystyrene items (refer to  other recycling options page for details on how to recycle these)
  • plastic coated paper eg. cereal bags
  • gummed labels
  • thermal fax paper or carbon paper
  • syringe or needles
  • building materials
  • scrap metal (refer to other recycling options page for details on how to recycle these)
  • oil or fuel
  • food scraps (these go in the food waste bins
  • clothing (if the items are good quality use charity clothing bins instead)

Handy hints for recycling

  • Check hard plastic items for plastic codes 1 to 5
  • Remove lids
  • Empty liquids
  • Rinse out food
  • Crush all bulky items and flatten cardboard boxes

Poster for your co-mingled recycling bin