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What can be recycled

WHAT CAN I PUT INTO MY COUNCIL RECYCLING BIN?

Recycling can be very confusing… Every state in Australia has different rules, and there are even some differences depending on which city council you reside in.

We have narrowed down for you a general yes and no list. However we strongly recommend checking your local council website if you are unsure.

Remember:

  1. Take lids off containers and bottles. The lids can still go in the yellow bin too BUT they might be different plastic so should be separated.
  2. Containers and packaging should not contain food or liquids.
  3. Check the recycling symbols on items to ensure they are recyclable.
  4. Put items into the bin loose – not in plastic bags.

YES

  • aluminum and steel tins/cans
  • glass bottles and jars
  • plastic soft-drink and water bottles (separate the lids)
  • plastic food containers, tubs and trays (only hard lids)
  • juice and milk cartons and bottles (separate the lids)
  • newspapers, advertising material and magazines (remove plastic film)
  • phone books
  • egg cartons
  • envelopes (even those with clear plastic windows)
  • cardboard boxes

Sometimes, depending on your state:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap bottles (including pumps).

NO

  • plastic bags and soft plastics
  • polystyrene such as meat trays and foam packaging
  • light globes, mirrors and window glass
  • crockery, drinking glasses and Pyrex
  • sharps and syringes
  • nappies
  • batteries
  • disposable coffee cups
  • green & organic waste
  • clothes, shoes or fabric
  • electronic appliances
  • rope
  • pens, textures, stationary
  • coffee pods
  • beauty + skin care product containers

MANY OF THESE ‘NO’ ITEMS YOU CAN RECYCLE ELSEWHERE.

TerraCycle Australia has partnered up with major brands to give new life to disposable product containers, to stop them going into landfill.

Terracycle will recycle:

  • beauty + skin care product containers
  • contact lenses
  • toothbrushes & empty toothpaste tubes
  • dish soap bottles
  • air fresheners
  • coffee pods

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR NEAREST DROP ZONE

Each Australian state has slightly different council recycling requirements for your yellow bin.

Double check yours here.

WA

SA

NSW

QLD

NT

TAS

VIC

ACT

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