What goes where

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If the wrong items go in the green or recycling bin it can impact clean material in the truck and reduce the quality of the end product. It can also present a safety hazard for staff and damage the processing equipment.

Green Bin

  • Animal droppings in compostable bag, newspaper or loose (excluding cat faeces and kitty litter)
  • Bones (raw and cooked)
  • Branches (broken up)
  • Breads / grains / seeds
  • Cereal slops
  • Chicken bones / skins / Scraps
  • Citrus
  • Coffee grounds (no pods)
  • Corn Cobs
  • Certified compostable bags
  • Crab
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Feathers
  • Fish & bones
  • Flowers
  • Food leftovers / scraps
  • Fruit & vegetable scraps
  • Garden clippings
  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Lobster
  • Meat (raw or cooked)
  • Nuts and their shells
  • Palm frond & palm tree
  • Paper Coffee Filters
  • Pencil Shavings
  • Prawns
  • Plant cuttings
  • Onions
  • Seafood (fish and soft shelled seafood)
  • Seaweed wrack / kelp
  • Tea bags and tea leaves
  • Vegetable scraps
  • Weeds
  • Wood / timber (untreated) / unpainted less than 30cm in length and 10cm in diameter
  • Yabbies

Recycling Bin

  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminium cans
  • Aluminium foil/trays
  • Biscuit trays (plastic)
  • Books
  • Bottles and bottles tops
  • Boxes (cardboard)
  • Butchers paper
  • Cake trays (plastic or foil)
  • Cans
  • Cardboard and boxes
  • Cereal boxes (remove plastic liner)
  • CD case (no discs)
  • Cooking oil tins
  • Deodorant cans & roll-ons
  • Egg cartons
  • Envelopes (incl. with plastic windows)
  • Foil (clean)
  • Foil lined cartons
  • Food trays (plastic or aluminium)
  • Fruit punnets
  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Glass bottles, jars & lids
  • Ice cream containers
  • Insect spray bottles and cans
  • Juice cartons
  • Junk mail
  • Long life cartons
  • Magazines
  • Margarine containers
  • Meat trays (plastic)
  • Medicine bottles
  • Milk cartons and bottles
  • Napkins (paper)
  • Newspapers
  • Paint tins (dry)
  • Paint spray cans (empty)
  • Paper bags
  • Paper plates / cups
  • Paper towel roll (cardboard insert only)
  • Phone books
  • Pie trays (aluminium)
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plant pots (small plastic)
  • Plastic bottles / containers / lids
  • Plastic plates, cups and cutlery
  • Pots & pans (steel and aluminium no handles
  • Shredded paper and newspaper in a cardboard box
  • Steel and tin cans
  • Takeaway containers (plastic and cardboard)
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Tupperware
  • Yoghurt containers

Garbage Bin

  • Animal droppings in plastic bags
  • Bandaids / dressings
  • Biodegradable bags
  • Bread bags / tags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Candles
  • Carbon paper
  • Cassette tapes / CDs /
  • DVDs
  • Cat faeces and kitty litter
  • Ceramics
  • Cereal box inserts
  • Chewing gum / bubble gum
  • Chip packets
  • Cigarette butts / cigars
  • Clam shells
  • Clothing
  • Cooking oil / fats in absorbed paper only
  • Crockery
  • Degradable bags
  • Drinking glasses
  • Fabric
  • Foam boxes
  • Foam underlay
  • Garden hose
  • Hair and fur
  • Hygiene products
  • Kitty litter
  • Light bulbs
  • Lolly/sweet wrappers
  • Mirrors
  • Mussel shells
  • Nappies
  • Oyster shells
  • Paper towel
  • Pens, pencils, crayons
  • Plastic bags and wrapping
  • Plastic toys
  • Polystyrene
  • Pyrex
  • Pantyhose &stockings
  • Shellfish waste (hard shelled seafood including clams, mussels, oysters, scallops and pippis)
  • Supermarket bags (reusable)
  • Styrofoam
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste tubes
  • Treated timber
  • Vacuum cleaner dust
  • Waxed paper / cardboard
  • Window glass / mirrors

Page last updated: 13 November 2018