Residential rubbish collection
Here's where you'll find out everything there is to know about your household red lid rubbish bin.
Did you know? 40% of waste in an average garbage bin is food waste and 17% is recyclable material. (RCC Waste Audit 2011)
What CAN go in my red lid rubbish bin?
Your red lid bin is for all household rubbish that can't be recycled in your recycling bin.
What CANNOT go in my red lid rubbish bin?
- Building materials: Find out how to dispose of building waste
- Car parts: Visit Planet Ark's RecyclingNearYou for options to recycle car parts
- Garden waste: This should go in your green lid garden organics bin
- Glass bottles and jars: These should go in your yellow lid recycling bin
- Medical waste: Find out how to dispose of Medical waste
- Milk and juice cartons: These should go in your yellow lid recycling bin
- Needles and syringes: Find out how to dispose of Sharps
- Newspapers and magazines: These should go in your yellow lid recycling bin
- Paints and poisons: Find out how to dispose of Hazardous waste
- Recyclable plastic containers: These should go in your yellow lid recycling bin
How should I present my bins for collection?
To help ensure your bin collection runs smoothly and enable our drivers to pick up, empty and replace your bins safely, it's important to:
- Put bins on the kerb the night before or by 5.30am on the collection day
- Position the bin with the handles facing your residence
- Leave at least a 30cm gap between your bins
- Leave at least one metre between your bin and any obstructions (such as trees, cars or poles)
- Not overfill your bin
- Ensure the bin lid is closed to avoid spills
Bins should be returned to your property as soon as possible and not left on the kerb or on the road after collection. Bins that are placed on the road pose a risk for drivers and pedestrians and disrupt traffic.
How can I reduce my rubbish?
We all know that the less we put in our bins the better. You can reduce the amount of rubbish going into landfill by:
- Buying products with little or no packaging
- Buying items in recyclable packaging such as paper and cardboard
- Choosing products that come in refillable or reusable packs
- Choosing goods that are reusable, rechargeable or recyclable rather than disposable
- Using your own shopping bags at the supermarket
- Composting vegetable and fruit scraps, garden clippings, shredded newspaper and other organic materials
- Starting a worm farm to turn vegetable and fruit scraps into rich plant food