What rubbish goes in my bin?

  • Old clothing, shoes and linen
  • Broken crockery
  • Window glass, mirrors and light globes
  • Nappies
  • General household rubbish, including food scraps and animal waste
  • Polystyrene and foam
  • Broken toys
  • Plastic bags, soft plastic packets and wrappers
  • Hard plastics six and seven.

Only place the following items in your recycling bin

  • Steel and aluminium cans including aerosols
  • Paper and cardboard - flatten cardboard to allow more room in your bin
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Rigid and semi-rigid plastics. These are hard plastic containers numbered one to five.

Do not put recycling items in plastic bags

Recycling in plastic bags cannot be recycled and may be sent straight to landfill. Make your effort count, place items loosely in the recycling bin.

Do not place the following items in your recycling bin

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastics labelled six or seven
  • Polystyrene
  • Window glass, drinking glass and light globes
  • Garbage and food waste
  • Liquid paper board, e.g. UHT milk and juice boxes
  • Aerosol cans.

Check your plastics

Turn the plastic item over and check if it has a recycling symbol with a number in the centre of it.

Council accepts rigid and semi-rigid plastics with numbers from one to five.

Plastics six and seven belong in your general waste bin.

From Monday 5 October 2020, we will be implementing a food organics garden organics (FOGO) service. Find out more on the FOGO page 

Only the following items can be placed in your organics bin:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Meat and cooked food (from Monday 5 October 2020)
  • Small branches and twigs - maximum branch thickness is 10cm
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Garden prunings and weeds.   

We don't collect the following items:

  • Plant pots
  • Soil
  • Wire and string
  • Plastic bags
  • Large tree branches
  • Garbage


Order a bin for your new property or make a change to your existing bin service by visiting our Bin Collection Services page.

Find other ways to dispose of your waste by visiting the Your options for rubbish disposal page.

We are updating the colour of our bin lids to make it easier for you to identify your bins.

Your garbage bin will now have a red lid, your recycling bin will have a yellow lid and your organics bin will have a green lid.

While we complete this process, your bin lids may also be light green for your garbage, dark green for your recycling and maroon for your organics.

Council operates a bin inspection program to reduce incorrect items (contaminants) being placed in recycling bins.

Placing incorrect items in your recycling bin:

  • causes health and safety issues at the sorting facility
  • slows down the sorting process
  • can cause entire truckloads of recyclables to be sent to landfill (the tip).

Contamination stickers

A sticker will be placed on your bin if it contains incorrect items.

If you get a contamination sticker:

  1. Check to see what items should be removed
  2. Remove these items
  3. Call us on 9205 2200 to arrange for your recycling to be collected.

Residents who continue to place the wrong items in their recycling bins may have their recycling service cancelled and may receive a fine (infringement notice).

Visit our Bin collection services page for more information on how to place your bins out for collection.

Visit our Bin Collection Services page for more information on reporting missed bins.

Visit our Bin collection services page for more information on reporting damaged or stolen bins to Council.