What goes in my bins?

Help us to help the environment by making sure you put the right rubbish in the right bin.

Remember to always avoid, reduce and reuse as your first options.

Recycling bin (yellow lid)

Your recycle bin is collected once a fortnight. Make sure your recycled containers are empty. There is no need to rinse them.

Do not fill plastic bags with recyclable materials. Do not put plastic bags in your recycling bin.

What can be put in your recycling bin Do NOT place these in your recycling bin
Office paper and cardboard  No polystyrene
Newspapers and magazines No ceramics
Envelopes (including those with plastic windows) No batteries
 Clean paper towel  No plastic bags
Cartons No plastic film
Pizza boxes, take away containers and plastic cutlery (with no food waste) No soft plastic
Aluminium trays and foil (scrunched) No garden waste
Aluminium and steel cans No food waste
Metal pots, pans and cutlery No fabric
Aluminium and steel cans No chemicals
Glass jars and bottles (lids off) No hazardous waste
Plastic bottles and containers (lids off) No light globes
Plant pots (less than 10cm in diameter) No  electronics
Hard plastic bottles (lids off ), meat trays and containers No gas cylinders
Other hard plastic items (remove batteries from toys)

Green waste bin (green lid)

From 1 May, food scraps belong in your green bin. For further information, see our food waste recycling page.

Your garden waste bin is collected fortnightly. You can put the following into your garden waste bin:

What can be put in your garden waste bin Do NOT place these in your garden waste bin
Grass and leaves No plastic bags or ties
Small branches No rubbish
Garden prunings No food scraps
Weeds and flowers No soil and ash
  No stumps

Household garbage bin (red lid)

Your household garbage bin is collected every week. Place the following items in this bin:

What can be put in garbage  bin Do NOT place these in your garbage bin
Household rubbish No recycling or garden waste
Ceramics, crockery and glassware No hazardous materials or liquids
Plastic bags, plastic wrap, cling film No soil, ash or building materials
Polystyrene foam No medical waste
Nappies (wrapped)  
Food waste (if you don’t have a compost bin or worm farm)  


To dispose of dangerous materials see Chemicals, medicine, paint, batteries

Not sure which waste collection area you live in? Go to our Garbage and collection calendar.

For detailed information about what can be recycled through Council’s waste and recycling services and options available through other organisations and recycling centres go to our Recycling A-Z web page.