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
  • Dirty pizza boxes and other contaminated plastics and cardboard
  • 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 aluminum cans, including empty aerosols
  • Paper and cardboard - flatten cardboard to allow more room in your bin
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Hard plastic bottles and containers, numbered one, two, and 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
  • Soft plastic wrap and packaging
  • Plastics labelled six or seven
  • Polystyrene
  • Contaminated plastics or cardboard like dirty pizza boxes
  • Window glass, drinking glass and light globes
  • Garbage and food waste
  • Liquid paper board, e.g. UHT milk and juice boxes
  • Hazardous or Chemical waste, e.g. Gas bottles, Paints, chemical sprays  

Check your plastics

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

The label will provide you with easy recycling information and can help remove confusion, saving you time and reducing waste to landfill.

For more information on Australian recycling labels please check out this link

Australian Recycling Labels

Council accepts rigid and semi-rigid plastics numbered one, two, and five.

Plastics six and seven belong in your general waste bin. 

Our new Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) service allows residents to put food and garden waste in the same bin, reducing the quantity of waste going to landfill. 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 
  • Dairy, bread, and pasta products
  • Processed, leftover, and spoilt food
  • Small branches and twigs - maximum branch thickness is 10cm
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Garden cuttings and weeds.   

We don't collect the following items:

  • Plant pots
  • Soil and rock
  • Wire and string
  • Plastic wrapping and packaging
  • Pet waste
  • Plastic and compostable bags
  • Large tree branches
  • Garbage

If your Organics bin has items that are not accepted, it may result in an entire truckload of material being sent to landfill.

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.