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What goes in your yellow bin

Whether you live in a house or an apartment in the local area, you can recycle a range of containers, paper and cardboard.

Steel can, aerosol, cardboard box, water bottle, newspapers, wine bottle, yogurt container, glass jar, plastic juice bottle.

Containers and packaging

Containers made of aluminium, steel, plastic and glass can be recycled. Once collected, your recycling is sorted, separated and then reprocessed at another location. Potential uses vary – for example, plastics are used to make winter fleeces and aluminium is used to build bicycles or boats.

Examples of items we recycle include:

  • aluminium and steel tins/cans
  • aerosol cans
  • glass bottles and jars
  • plastic soft-drink and water bottles
  • plastic food containers, tubs and trays
  • juice and milk cartons and bottles.

To rinse or not to rinse?

The word is that you do not have to rinse containers before putting them in the recycling bin. Containers just need to be empty and dry. You might like to rinse anyway, as it keeps your recycling bin extra clean and odour-free, but it isn't a must-do for recycling.

What do I do with plastic bags?

You can recycle soft plastics like bread bags, biscuit and confectionery packets, frozen food / rice / pasta bags, plastic bags and even old reusable bags at Coles by dropping them into the REDcycle collection bin. Your empty packaging will be recycled into useful new products like outdoor furniture.

Items we can't accept

The following items can't be recycled:

  • plastic bags (they contaminate recycling and jam machinery)
  • polystyrene such as meat trays and foam packaging
  • light globes, mirrors and window glass
  • crockery, drinking glasses and Pyrex
  • sharps and syringes
  • nappies.

Did you know?

The number in the triangle identifies the type of plastic a container is made from, not whether or not it is recyclable.

Paper and cardboard

You can recycle all sorts of paper and cardboard items including those listed below.

  • newspapers and magazines (staples are fine)
  • advertising material (remove plastic wrap)
  • phone books
  • egg cartons
  • envelopes (even those with clear plastic windows)
  • cardboard boxes.

We can't recycle waxed or cardboard containers with food scraps, tissue paper and napkins. Pizza boxes can be recycled if they aren't caked in food.

Did you know?

Telephone books can be recycled into kitty litter. Pop them in your yellow bin. Or you can choose to opt out of receiving the Yellow Pages through Directory Select online or call 1800 008 292.


Poor Bottle. He’s had a big night. Will he make it to the recycling bin? Watch this video to find out. And remember, everyone deserves a fair go.
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Last updated: Monday, 17 September 2018