Using your bins correctly

Please look in the Waste and Recycle Guide for detailed and localised lists.

For another detailed list of what can go in each bin, see our A-Z of waste page. 

For information on methods that turn your organic waste, such as foodscraps and garden waste, into usable products, click here.

Green-top waste bin

All general rubbish, food and organic household waste goes in this bin. The contents of your green-top rubbish bin are collected weekly.

Below are items which should not go into your green-top bin:

  • NO glass bottles (these can be placed in your recycling bin)
  • NO hot or cold ashes
  • NO rocks or soil
  • NO liquids
  • NO construction or building Materials
  • NO Household Hazardous Waste
  • NO motor oil
  • NO car batteries
  • NO heavy items that may overload or damage the bin

Do not exceed 70kg in weight, as it cannot be emptied by the lifting mechanism on the rubbish collection truck.

Ensure the bin is placed within one metre of the road by 6.00am on the morning of your pick up.

To avoid theft, move the bin back onto your property as soon as is practicable.

Yellow-top recycling bin

The contents of your yellow-top recycling bin are collected fortnightly, are sorted and bailed at the material recovery facility (MRF) and sold to industry for re-processing.

Items should be loose (do not put in plastic bags), and if possible rinsed or scraped out clean.

Items you can put in your recycling bin:

  • Plastic: Bottles and lids (separately), margarine and ice-cream containers (up to 5 litres in capacity), and flower pots (clean).
  • Steel: Food/drink cans and aerosol cans.
  • Cardboard: Cereal boxes, pizza boxes (empty), boxes and egg cartons.
  • Glass: Bottles and jars.
  • Aluminium: Cans, clean foil and foil trays.
  • Paper: Magazines, newspapers, office paper, envelopes and glossy paper

Items you should not put in your recycling bin:

  • NO plastic bags
  • NO food or garden waste
  • NO electrical goods
  • NO clothing, textiles or bedding
  • NO nappies
  • NO overfilling
  • NO oil or paint

For a more detailed lists of what can go in each bin, see the A-Z of waste. and your Waste and Recycling Guide.