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 bin (green lid)

Food scraps now belong in your green bin along with your garden waste. For further information, see our food waste recycling page.

Do not put plastic bags in your green bin.

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

What can be put in your green bin Do NOT place these in your green bin
Fruit and vegetable scraps No plastic bags or packaging of any kind
Used paper towel and tissues Cigarette butts
Egg shells Nappies and baby wipes
Dairy leftovers Coffee pods and tea bags
Coffee grounds and loose leaf tea Coffee cups (including compostable)
Bread, pasta, cereal and rice Kitty litter (including biodegradable)
Meat scraps and bones Dog or cat droppings
Grass and leaves Ash and tree stumps
Small branches Vacuum dust
Garden prunings Hair (including pet hair)
Weeds and flowers Dishcloths
  Paper plates
  Biodegradable and compostable bags, cutlery and plates
  Wooden icy pole sticks

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 green 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)  


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.