Using your bins correctly

Green-top rubbish 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 ashes;
  • NO construction or building materials;
  • NO Household Hazardous Waste;
  • NO motor oil;
  • NO car batteries;
  • NO heavy items.

If you have a compost bin, click here for a full list of items that can be put in this bin.

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). Look for the recycling symbol.
  • 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 ceramics or pyrex;
  • NO overfilling;
  • NO oil or paint.

For a more detailed list of what can go in each bin, see our A-Z Guide to waste and recycling.