Paper, cardboard, plastics, bottles and cans
Recycling helps preserve scarce resources and reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.
What can go in my yellow lid recycle bin?
- Paper and cardboard
- Aluminium, steel and aerosol cans
- Plastic bottles, tubs and containers
- Milk and juice cartons
- Glass bottles and jars
For a list of accepted items see Planet Ark's RecyclingNearYou
What cannot go in my yellow lid recycle 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
- Household waste: This should go in your red lid rubbish bin
- Medical waste: Find out how to dispose of Medical waste
- Needles and syringes: Find out how to dispose of Sharps
- Paints and poisons: Find out how to dispose of Hazardous waste
- Plastic bags and soft plastic packaging: Find out how to recycle plastic bags and soft plastic packaging
Plastic bags are not acceptable in the recycling bin because they jam and cause breakdowns to recycling machinery.
How should I present my bins for collection?
- 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 shut to avoid spills
How can I reduce my rubbish?
- 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
- Donating unwanted items to not-for-profit organisations
- Reusing goods via The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre or Reverse Garbage
- Taking your extra recyclable materials to the Recycling Centre.
Want to know more?
Can plastic bags be recycled? Any recyclables in plastic bags will go straight to landfill- make your recycling count and leave it loose. Recycle plastic bags separately at the Randwick Recycling Centre or most supermarkets.
Can I recycle used tissues and paper towel? Used tissues and paper towel can now be disposed of in your FOGO green lid bin for composting.
Can I recycle pizza boxes? Yes, soiled pizza boxes can be recycled in your FOGO green lid rubbish bin. Other papers and cardboards including pizza boxes (clean) are recyclable and will continue to go in the yellow-lid bin.
Do I need to wash my recycling? You do not need to wash or rise out containers before recycling. Just make sure they are empty, dry and free of any food or liquid before placing them into the yellow recycling bin.
My bin is overflowing, what should I do? Maximising the space in your yellow-lid bin is easy. Crush cans and plastic bottles, disassemble cardboard boxes or cut them into smaller pieces so they can fit in the bin. Doing this simple task can save up to 30% of the capacity of your yellow lid bin allowing you to recycle even more!
Should I look for recycling symbols? Recycling symbols and triangles are put on the container during manufacturing and are used to identify the type of plastic the container is made from, not whether or not it is recyclable in Randwick. A good way to remember what plastic items are recyclable is if it is a plastic bottle, tub or container that is designed to be used once, then it should be put in your yellow lid recycling bin. These items could come from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry and include shampoo bottles, yogurt tubs and strawberry punnets.
What should I do with batteries? Batteries can be dangerous if not disposed of properly. Keep your batteries out of landfill by dropping them off to the Randwick Recycling Centre or Council's Customer Service Centre.
What should I do with lightbulbs? Fluorescent globes and tubes don’t belong in your kerbside bins but can be taken to the Randwick Recycling Centre or to the Chemical CleanOut events for safe disposal
What can I do with old shoes and clothing? Clothes are meant to be worn, not thrown in the yellow-lid recycling bin. Why not donate your old clothes and shoes that are in good condition? Take them to a local charity of your choosing. Otherwise clothing and any cloth/synthetic materials which are damaged or unsuitable for reuse should be placed in the red lid rubbish bin.