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Read the Waste and Recycling Guide (contains calendar) to find out how you can help reduce waste and minimise costs by sorting your waste.

Note: To save costs, this guide is now available on our website, rather than delivering a printed guide to households. You can request a printed copy from our libraries or by calling the City on 9397 3000.

Don’t overfill your bin as this prevents the lid from closing, results in wind-blown litter and spillages during collection, and prevents your bin from being emptied properly.

What not to place in your general waste or recycling bins

Do not place the following in your bins as they can cause damage/fires in the collection truck:

  • Hot ashes, bricks, tiles, building materials, sand, soil, concrete, rocks, asbestos
  • Flammable liquids, petrol, paints, acids, chemicals, poisons, dry-cell batteries, motor oil, gas cylinders
  • Car parts and tyres

What to place in your yellow-top recycling bin

All items should be clean, dry and empty. Plastic lids should be removed from bottles and placed in the general waste bin.

The following recyclable materials can be placed loose in your yellow-top recycling bin and not in plastic bags:


All aluminium cans including:
  • Beer cans
  • Soft drink cans
  • Coffee/Milo tins 


  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Beer cartons (flattened)
  • Cereal boxes (remove bag)
  • Egg cartons
  • Greeting cards
  • Toilet Paper/Paper towel rolls (roll only)
  • Washing Power boxes (empty)


  • Milk bottles
  • Soft drink bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Ice cream containers
  • Margarine tubs
  • Yoghurt containers
  • Plastic containers from kitchen (rinsed and empty) e.g. sauce bottles
  • Plastic containers from laundry (rinsed and empty) e.g. detergent bottles
  • Plastic containers from bathroom (rinsed and empty) e.g. shampoo bottles
  • Take-away food containers (rinsed, not polystyrene)


    • All steel cans/tins including:
      • Food tins (rinsed)
      • Pet food tins (rinsed)
    • Beer bottle tops
    • Jar lids


    • Newspapers
    • Paper (not shredded)
    • Paper bags
    • Computer paper (not shredded)
    • Envelopes
    • Fruit juice cartons (not silver lined)
    • Milk cartons (not silver lined)
    • Glossy magazines/brochures
    • Junk mail
    • Wrapping paper


    Glass bottles and jars including:
    • Beer bottles
    • Coffee jars
    • Sauce bottles (rinsed)
    • Spirit bottles
    • Wine bottles

    Keep these items out of your yellow-top recycling bin

    In 2018, China announced that it would no longer accept recyclable materials from Australia and other countries, leaving local markets to find alternative ways to process items collected through yellow-top household bins.

    As a result, this has affected what can and can’t be recycled. Aerosols, meat trays, plastic lids and soft plastics can no longer be placed in recycling bins.

    The City’s recycling contractor Cleanaway has provided more details of items that should not be placed in your recycling bin:  

    • Polystyrene, meat trays, cups and beads
    • Green waste or food waste
    • Gas bottles, flares and batteries
    • Plastic bags or soft plastics
    • Textiles or clothing
    • Nappies
    • Aerosol cans
    • X-rays