Recycling bin

Your recycling bin is collected fortnightly on the alternate week to your general waste bin.

Hunter Resource Recovery provides the recycling service for Lake Macquarie City Council and is an initiative of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Singleton councils.

The recycling material is taken to a Materials Recovery Facility at Gateshead where it is separated and bundled into the different types of materials. These bundles are then taken to another processing facility to be made into new goods.

Find out your recycling collection dates by visiting or call Hunter Resource Recovery on 1800 838 884.

What if my bin is missed or damaged?

Call Hunter Resource Recovery on 1800 838 884.

Upsize your recycling bin

You can swap your existing 240-litre recycling bin to a larger 360-litre bin for a small fee by simply applying online with your credit card, or contact Council on 4921 0333.

Your recycling bin will be swapped on your regular recycling day. Please leave your recycling bin on the kerb until 5pm after it is emptied so it can be swapped over.

The weight limit of the 360-litre bin is 80 kilograms (same as the standard 240-litre bin). This limit doesn't cause an issue unless it is filled with large amounts of glass or paper.

Please note: It may take up to eight weeks after your application is received for your bin to be swapped.

Upsize your recycling bin

What items can go in the recycling bin?

For a detailed list see the Hunter Resource Recovery website.

You can also check out our guide to what goes in all three bins.

Can I get an additional recycling bin?

Extra 240 or 360-litre recycling services are available. Apply online with your credit card or contact us on 02 4921 0333. Fees and charges apply.

Get an additional recycling bin

What if I move to a new property?

The recycling bin is the property of the waste contractor, is individually numbered and must remain at the property when you move. You can write your address on the bin but it cannot be used as a garbage or green waste bin, nor can the lid be changed.

To organise a recycling service for your new property, simply apply online or contact us on 02 4921 0333.

Organise recycling service for your new property

Recycling tips

  • Leave your bin on the kerb for collection by 5.30am.
  • Ensure your bin lid is closed.
  • The maximum weight of your recycling bin should not exceed 80 kilograms for both standard 240 litre bin and upside 360 litre bin.
  • Place your bin at the kerbside at least one metre away from your garbage bin or other obstructions.
  • All empty rigid plastic bottles and containers are accepted regardless of the recycling symbol or number.
  • Put recyclables loosely in the bin – no plastic bags.
  • Containers must be free of food and liquid but rinsing is not required.
  • Remove plastic bags from cereal boxes.
  • Remove lids and caps and place these separately in your recycling bin.
  • Crush all bulky items to make more space.

Contamination in your recycling bin

If non-acceptable items, or contamination, are placed in your bin, it may not be emptied. All recycling trucks have on-board cameras and drivers may place a sticker on the bin to advise why the bin was not emptied. The recycling bin will be emptied on the next collection day provided the contamination has been removed. If your bin is stickered again for non-conformance, your recycling service may be suspended.

Other recyclables

If you have an item that will not be accepted in the recycling bin, please consider reusing it or donating it where appropriate, or check out the Lake Macquarie Recycling Directory for a list of other items that can be recycled and how to recycle them.

Additional services for those with a medical condition

Individuals that generate excess waste due to an ongoing medical condition that cannot be managed through the standard kerbside garbage and recycling collection service may be eligible to apply for additional waste collection services and a larger recycling bin. Learn more about how to apply for this assistance.

Assisted waste collection service (Blue Dot Service)

Council provides a special needs waste collection service, commonly known as a Blue Dot Service for those who are unable to take their bin to and from the kerb due to a medical condition, age or disability. Council will collect your bin from an agreed location from your property and return it to you emptied. To apply for a Blue Dot Service, please complete and return the Blue Dot Service application form signed by your general practitioner.

Individuals that generate volumes of medical waste due to an ongoing medical condition that cannot be managed through the standard kerbside waste collection service, may be eligible to apply for either an additional garbage collection services. Learn more about how to apply for this assistance.

Condition of service

Council reserves the right to establish alternative bin collection locations for residents and businesses as a condition of service provision, to ensure safe and efficient waste collection operations. Learn more about Waste Collection Services Terms and Conditions.

Page last updated: 09 May 2019