Tips to getting recycling right

Check with your council or service provider to confirm if an item is recyclable

If you’re not sure the item is recyclable, put it in general waste

Ensure recyclables are empty with no food residue before recycling

Never bag recycling. Always place recyclables loose in the bin

Recycling tricky items

Packing nuts

These cannot be recycled. Place them in your general waste/landfill bin.

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Juice cartons

Can be recycled, depending on location. Always check with your local council for the latest advice.

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Windowed envelopes

Can be recycled in your commingled bin as long as they are dry and have not been exposed to water.

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Black meat trays

Cannot be recycled in Australia as sorting equipment cannot identify them. Place this in your general waste/landfill bin.

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Plastic fruit punnets

These may be recyclable in certain locations. Check with your local council for the latest advice

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Deodorant roll-on

These can be recycled as long as completely empty.

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Aluminium foil

Can be recycled. Roll into ping-pong sized ball and place in an alu can.

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Bottle tops & lids

These can be recycled in certain locations. Check with your local council for the latest advice.

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Polystyrene and styrofoam

These cannot be recycled. Check with your local council for advice.

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Broken glass

Cannot be recycled. Place in your general waste bin.

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Batteries

Must be recycled as e-waste. Check with your local council for advice.

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Waxed paper and cardboard

Cannot be recycled. Place in your general waste bin.

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What can I recycle?

Putting the wrong item in your commingled recycling bin is contamination and can send a truck full of recyclable items to landfill. Our Recycling Hub is designed to answer the questions “What and how can I recycle”, clearing the confusion about things you can recycle in your kerbside bin.  

Here you’ll find practical advice from how to recycle right to managing tricky items, and even items you didn’t know could be recycled, all on one convenient site. Check back often to discover new ways to recycle better and close the loop on waste.

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Compact cardboard

Always compact your cardboard boxes before binning them

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The alufoil is recyclable! Just scrunch into a ball and place into an alu can for recycling.

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Depending on your location, empty aerosol cans can be placed in the commingled recycling bin with their plastic caps and covers off. Filled aerosol cans should be recycled separately. Contact your local council to learn how and where you can recycle these items.
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Beverage and food aluminium cans should be empty, clean and dry before being placed loose (NOT in any bags) in your commingled recycling bin.
Made of rigid plastic, a completely empty and used roll-on deodorant can be recycled in your commingled bin. Remove lid before placing it loose in the bin.
Beverage and food aluminium cans should be empty, clean and dry before being placed loose (NOT in any bags) in your commingled recycling bin.
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Clean and dry glass bottles can be recycled in most locations, but some municipalities may require these items to be placed in a separate bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
Clean and dry food cans free of food residue can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
Aluminium foil should be clean and free of contaminants such as food. These can be scrunched into a ball and placed into another aluminium container such as a food can for recycling.
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Beverage and food aluminium cans should be empty, clean and dry before being placed loose (NOT in any bags) in your commingled recycling bin.
Clean and dry food cans free of food residue can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
Ammonia is a dangerous chemical that should be disposed carefully. Contact your local council to learn where you can dispose these safely.
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Bleach is a hazardous household chemical. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of it safely.
Paint stripper and thinners are classified as household hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn more about hazardous household waste drop-offs.
Depending on your location, animal droppings may be collected for recycling. Contact your local council to find out more.
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Some locations may accept kitty litter as compost material. Check with your local council to find out more.
Asbestos is a hazardous material and should be removed only by professionals as it poses a health risk. Contact your council for more information.
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Building materials such as timber, concrete, plasterboard, vegetation and other materials should not be placed in household bins. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of them before you begin your project.
Zinc sheets and other building materials do not belong in your commingled recycling or general waste bin. Check with your local council to learn how to dispose of them.
Cold ash should be bagged and placed in the general waste bin. Never put hot ash into your bins.
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Cigarettes and cigarette butts are unrecyclable. Place them in your general waste bin.
Motor oil and its containers cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Contact your local council to find the nearest drop off points for your used motor oil, filters and containers.
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Brake fluid is a hazardous chemical and should be handled accordingly. Contact your local council for advice on safe disposal.
Used car batteries are hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can dispose them safely.
Used car batteries are hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can dispose them safely.
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Brake fluid is a hazardous chemical and should be handled accordingly. Contact your local council for advice on safe disposal.
Tyres are recyclable at specialised facilities. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop your old tyres off.
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Balloons are soft plastics and cannot be recycled. Bag them and place in your general waste bin.
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Plastic buckets and toys may be accepted in some locations. Contact your local council for more information.
Polystyrene and styrofoam cannot be recycled through your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to see if a polystyrene recycling program is available.
With the exception of car batteries, all other battery types are considered to be e-waste. Household batteries can be dropped off at TechCollect locations nationwide while business can arrange for a pickup.
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Used car batteries are hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can dispose them safely.
Old CDs and DVDs may be recycled. Contact your local council to learn more.
Broken and old mobile phones and their chargers are considered e-waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off.
Beer bottles are perfectly recyclable, as long as they are dry and empty. Place them loose in your recycling bin.
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Clean and dry glass bottles can be recycled in most locations, but some municipalities may require these items to be placed in a separate bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
Ensure that bottles are empty and remove lids before placing wine bottles in your commingled recycling bin.
Beverage and food aluminium cans should be empty, clean and dry before being placed loose (NOT in any bags) in your commingled recycling bin.
Beer cans can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin as long as they are clean, dry and empty. Place them in loose in the bin.
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Beer bottles are perfectly recyclable, as long as they are dry and empty. Place them loose in your recycling bin.
Clean and dry glass bottles can be recycled in most locations, but some municipalities may require these items to be placed in a separate bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Black meat trays go into your general waste bin as recycling machines cannot sort them. Transparent or white meat trays may be recyclable in select locations, depending on its material. Contact your local council to learn more.
Lolly wrappers are soft plastics that cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. They can be recycled in certain supermarkets and other dropoff points. Contact your local council to learn more.
Bleach is a hazardous household chemical. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of it safely.
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Ammonia is a dangerous chemical that should be disposed carefully. Contact your local council to learn where you can dispose these safely.
Never place any form of chemicals, including cleaning chemicals, in your bin. Contact your local council to find out where you can dispose of this safely.
Bones and shells (cooked or uncooked) may be accepted in certain locations for food organics recycling. Check with your local council to learn more.
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Cooking fats and oils are not recyclable NOR should you pour them down the drains. Allow them to cool before collecting them into a sealed container for disposal in your general waste bin.
Kitchen and other food scraps can be recycled in certain locations. Check with your local council to learn more.
Books in good conditions can be donated or passed on. Some locations will accept books in the commingled recycling bin. Otherwise, place it in your general waste bin. Contact your local council to confirm.
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Dry and unsoiled newspapers should be placed loose in your recycling bin. Soiled newspapers must be placed in the general waste bin.
Dry, clean and unsoiled envelopes, with or without plastic windows, are completely recyclable in your commingled bin. Place them loose in the bin.
Bottle tops are recyclable in certain locations. If so, they should be collected in a separate container before being placed in your commingled recycling bin. Check with your local council or service provider before recycling it.
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Rigid plastic bottles should be placed empty, clean and dry into your recycling bins, with their tops off.
Rigid plastic containers such as shampoo and conditioner bottles can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin. Empty, rinse and dry before placing them in the bin.
Brake fluid is a hazardous chemical and should be handled accordingly. Contact your local council for advice on safe disposal.
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Motor oil and its containers cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Contact your local council to find the nearest drop off points for your used motor oil, filters and containers.
Used car batteries are hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can dispose them safely.
Broken or whole bricks cannot be recycled or disposed in regular bins. Contact your council to learn where you can drop these waste off.
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Building materials such as timber, concrete, plasterboard, vegetation and other materials should not be placed in household bins. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of them before you begin your project.
Zinc sheets and other building materials do not belong in your commingled recycling or general waste bin. Check with your local council to learn how to dispose of them.
Timber can be recycled through your council's bulk waste services depending on its condition and whether it's treated or untreated. Contact your local council to learn more.
Broken glass of all types cannot be recycled. Bag them carefully and place in your general waste bin.
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Ceramics are not recyclable. Give away, donate or upcycle ceramics in good condition. Place broken ones in your general waste bin.
Ensure that bottles are empty and remove lids before placing wine bottles in your commingled recycling bin.
Clean and dry glass bottles can be recycled in most locations, but some municipalities may require these items to be placed in a separate bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
Bubble wrap is a soft plastic that may be recyclable in certain locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Polystyrene and styrofoam cannot be recycled through your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to see if a polystyrene recycling program is available.
Black meat trays go into your general waste bin as recycling machines cannot sort them. Transparent or white meat trays may be recyclable in select locations, depending on its material. Contact your local council to learn more.
Building materials such as timber, concrete, plasterboard, vegetation and other materials should not be placed in household bins. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of them before you begin your project.
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Asbestos is a hazardous material and should be removed only by professionals as it poses a health risk. Contact your council for more information.
Zinc sheets and other building materials do not belong in your commingled recycling or general waste bin. Check with your local council to learn how to dispose of them.
Broken or whole bricks cannot be recycled or disposed in regular bins. Contact your council to learn where you can drop these waste off.
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Candles and candle wax cannot be recycled and should be placed in your general waste bin.
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Petrol and other flammable liquids cannot be disposed in your commingled or general waste bins. Contact your council for advice on safe disposal.
Cold ash should be bagged and placed in the general waste bin. Never put hot ash into your bins.
Flatten clean and dry cardboard boxes before disposal in your commingled bin. Wet or soiled cardboard cannot be recycled as these can contaminate the recyclables, so it must be disposed of in your general waste bin. Shredded or torn cardboard are also not recyclable through the kerbside commingled as they are too small to be detected by our sorting machines. However, shredded cardboard and paper can be donated to the local pet shop to be used as bedding, used as mulch in the garden or mixed into a compost heap.
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Most greaseproof paper including parchment and baking paper cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Place them instead in your general waste bin.
Cardboard and paper egg cartons are completely recyclable in your commingled bin. Make sure they are clean, dry and free from any food and egg stains before placing them in the bin.
Depending on your location, cassette and video tapes may be recycled as e-waste. Contact your local council to find out more.
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Hard drives are e-waste and are not recyclable through your commingled recycling bin. Drop off these off at TechCollect collection points nationwide or contact your local council for advice.
Broken and old mobile phones and their chargers are considered e-waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off.
Old CDs and DVDs may be recycled. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Broken and old mobile phones and their chargers are considered e-waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off.
Electrical appliances such as kettles, microwaves, game consoles, lamps and others are recyclable but must be sent to an approved recycler. Contact your local council to learn more.
Ceramics are not recyclable. Give away, donate or upcycle ceramics in good condition. Place broken ones in your general waste bin.
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Clean and dry glass bottles can be recycled in most locations, but some municipalities may require these items to be placed in a separate bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
Pots and pans cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Contact your local council for drop-off locations.
Cigarettes and cigarette butts are unrecyclable. Place them in your general waste bin.
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Never place any form of chemicals, including cleaning chemicals, in your bin. Contact your local council to find out where you can dispose of this safely.
Cold ash should be bagged and placed in the general waste bin. Never put hot ash into your bins.
Consider donating unwanted coat hangars in good condition to your local dry cleaners. Otherwise, dispose of broken ones in your general waste bin.
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If they cannot be repurposed or donated, zips and other textiles should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Consider donating unwanted coat hangars in good condition to your local dry cleaners. Otherwise, dispose of broken ones in your general waste bin.
Clothing, shoes and textiles cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Upcycle, donate or repurpose fabrics and textiles in good condition. Otherwise, place them in your general waste bin for disposal.
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Old pillows cannot be recycled. Place them in your general waste bin or upcycle them as a DIY project.
Disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Place them in the general waste bin and consider using cloth nappies as an alternative instead.
Coffee cups may be recyclable in certain locations. Check with your local council to learn more. Otherwise, place them in the general waste bin.
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Used coffee grounds may be recycled into compost in specific locations, so check with your local council to learn more.
Tea bags are recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Used coffee grounds may be recycled into compost in specific locations, so check with your local council to learn more.
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Check with the manufacturer to see if your used coffee pods and capsules can be recycled. Never put them into the commingled recycling bin, as these items are too small to be sorted and usually have leftover organic material. Place them in your general waste bin instead.
Tea bags are recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Milo tins can be recycled in your commingled bin. Ensure it is clean, dry and empty before placing it loose in the bin.
Check with the manufacturer to see if your used coffee pods and capsules can be recycled. Never put them into the commingled recycling bin, as these items are too small to be sorted and usually have leftover organic material. Place them in your general waste bin instead.
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Used coffee grounds may be recycled into compost in specific locations, so check with your local council to learn more.
Tea bags are recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
These may be recyclable in certain locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Clean, dry and unsoiled paper bags can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
Flatten clean and dry cardboard boxes before disposal in your commingled bin. Wet or soiled cardboard cannot be recycled as these can contaminate the recyclables, so it must be disposed of in your general waste bin. Shredded or torn cardboard are also not recyclable through the kerbside commingled as they are too small to be detected by our sorting machines. However, shredded cardboard and paper can be donated to the local pet shop to be used as bedding, used as mulch in the garden or mixed into a compost heap.
Junk mail can be placed in your commingled bin loose and dry.
Condoms are not recyclable. Place them in your general waste bin.
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Sanitary pads and tampons cannot be recycled or flushed down the toilet. Place them in your general waste bin.
Cooking fats and oils are not recyclable NOR should you pour them down the drains. Allow them to cool before collecting them into a sealed container for disposal in your general waste bin.
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Bones and shells (cooked or uncooked) may be accepted in certain locations for food organics recycling. Check with your local council to learn more.
Kitchen and other food scraps can be recycled in certain locations. Check with your local council to learn more.
Corks may be accepted in certain locations as a compost material. Check with your local council to learn more.
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Timber can be recycled through your council's bulk waste services depending on its condition and whether it's treated or untreated. Contact your local council to learn more.
Ensure that bottles are empty and remove lids before placing wine bottles in your commingled recycling bin.
Used cotton wool and buds cannot be recycled and should always be placed in your general waste bin.
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If they cannot be repurposed or donated, zips and other textiles should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Clothing, shoes and textiles cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Upcycle, donate or repurpose fabrics and textiles in good condition. Otherwise, place them in your general waste bin for disposal.
Broken metal cutlery may be accepted in some locations, provided you place them inside similar containers before disposing in your commingled bins. Metal cutleries in good condition can be donated, sold or repurposed. Otherwise, contact your local council for more information.
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Clean and dry food cans free of food residue can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
Plastic cutlery cannot be recycled as they are too small to be picked up by the machine. Place them in your general waste bin.
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Consider donating unwanted coat hangars in good condition to your local dry cleaners. Otherwise, dispose of broken ones in your general waste bin.
Empty, clean and dry ice cream tubs and containers made of plastic can be recycled in your commingled bin. Cardboard ice cream containers are often layered with a thin plastic which may not be recyclable. Check with your local council for more information.
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Made of rigid plastic, a completely empty and used roll-on deodorant can be recycled in your commingled bin. Remove lid before placing it loose in the bin.
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Depending on your location, empty aerosol cans can be placed in the commingled recycling bin with their plastic caps and covers off. Filled aerosol cans should be recycled separately. Contact your local council to learn how and where you can recycle these items.
Clean and dry food cans free of food residue can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
Rigid plastic containers like detergent bottles can be recycled in the commingled bin. Make sure to empty, clean, and separate the lid from the bottle before placing it into the bin.
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Rigid plastic bottles should be placed empty, clean and dry into your recycling bins, with their tops off.
Rigid plastic containers such as shampoo and conditioner bottles can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin. Empty, rinse and dry before placing them in the bin.
Disposable gloves (latex and rubber) are not recyclable and should be placed in your general waste bin.
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Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Lolly wrappers are soft plastics that cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. They can be recycled in certain supermarkets and other dropoff points. Contact your local council to learn more.
Disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Place them in the general waste bin and consider using cloth nappies as an alternative instead.
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Zip ties are too small to be recycled on its own. Collect zip ties in an empty plastic container before placing them in the commingled recycling bin.
If they cannot be repurposed or donated, zips and other textiles should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Clothing, shoes and textiles cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Upcycle, donate or repurpose fabrics and textiles in good condition. Otherwise, place them in your general waste bin for disposal.
Disposable razors are not recyclable. Place them in the general waste bin and consider using reusable alternatives.
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Rigid plastic containers such as shampoo and conditioner bottles can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin. Empty, rinse and dry before placing them in the bin.
Dry cleaning bags from the laundromat are made of soft plastics. These can be recycled in most supermarkets under a soft plastic recycling scheme. If in doubt, contact your local council.
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Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Lolly wrappers are soft plastics that cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. They can be recycled in certain supermarkets and other dropoff points. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Cardboard and paper egg cartons are completely recyclable in your commingled bin. Make sure they are clean, dry and free from any food and egg stains before placing them in the bin.
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Flatten clean and dry cardboard boxes before disposal in your commingled bin. Wet or soiled cardboard cannot be recycled as these can contaminate the recyclables, so it must be disposed of in your general waste bin. Shredded or torn cardboard are also not recyclable through the kerbside commingled as they are too small to be detected by our sorting machines. However, shredded cardboard and paper can be donated to the local pet shop to be used as bedding, used as mulch in the garden or mixed into a compost heap.
Foam boxes cannot be recycled in your commingled recycling bin. However, it may be recyclable in certain locations. Contact your local council to check.
Electrical appliances such as kettles, microwaves, game consoles, lamps and others are recyclable but must be sent to an approved recycler. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Incandescent light bulbs and other light fixtures cannot be recycled in your commingled bin, as they contain hazardous materials. If your incandescent light fixture is broken, wrap carefully in old newspapers and place in your general waste bin. Otherwise, you can check with your local light shops to see if they have a light bulb recycling program. You can also contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off safely.
Broken and old mobile phones and their chargers are considered e-waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off.
Dry, clean and unsoiled envelopes, with or without plastic windows, are completely recyclable in your commingled bin. Place them loose in the bin.
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Clean, dry and unsoiled office and computer papers (even with staples) can be recycled in your commingled bin.
Dry and unsoiled newspapers should be placed loose in your recycling bin. Soiled newspapers must be placed in the general waste bin.
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Fertilisers are considered to be hazardous chemicals and should not be placed in your commingled bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Depending on your location, small wooden branches and garden prunings may be recyclable. Contact your local council to learn more. Otherwise place them in your general waste bin.
Depending on your location, animal droppings may be collected for recycling. Contact your local council to find out more.
Fishing rods, lines and hooks are not recyclable in your commingled bin. Place them in your general waste bin.
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Plastic cutlery cannot be recycled as they are too small to be picked up by the machine. Place them in your general waste bin.
Lolly wrappers are soft plastics that cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. They can be recycled in certain supermarkets and other dropoff points. Contact your local council to learn more.
Depending on your location, real flowers may be recycled as compost. Check with your local council to learn more. Plastic flowers cannot be recycled and should be placed in the general waste bin.
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Depending on your location, small wooden branches and garden prunings may be recyclable. Contact your local council to learn more. Otherwise place them in your general waste bin.
Depending on your location, animal droppings may be collected for recycling. Contact your local council to find out more.
Fluorescent tubes and other light fixtures cannot be recycled in your commingled bin as they contain hazardous materials. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off safely.
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Incandescent light bulbs and other light fixtures cannot be recycled in your commingled bin, as they contain hazardous materials. If your incandescent light fixture is broken, wrap carefully in old newspapers and place in your general waste bin. Otherwise, you can check with your local light shops to see if they have a light bulb recycling program. You can also contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off safely.
Furniture does not belong in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to arrange for a bulk collection.
Foam boxes cannot be recycled in your commingled recycling bin. However, it may be recyclable in certain locations. Contact your local council to check.
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Polystyrene and styrofoam cannot be recycled through your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to see if a polystyrene recycling program is available.
Flatten clean and dry cardboard boxes before disposal in your commingled bin. Wet or soiled cardboard cannot be recycled as these can contaminate the recyclables, so it must be disposed of in your general waste bin. Shredded or torn cardboard are also not recyclable through the kerbside commingled as they are too small to be detected by our sorting machines. However, shredded cardboard and paper can be donated to the local pet shop to be used as bedding, used as mulch in the garden or mixed into a compost heap.
Aluminium foil trays can be recycled. Just ensure they're clean, dry and empty. However, foil packaging for crisp packages and similar material which are made of metallised plastic are not accepted. To check, scrunch the material into a ball. If it stays in shape, it is aluminium foil and can be placed in your commingled bin. If it "bounces back" then it is plastic and should be placed in your general waste bin.
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Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Lolly wrappers are soft plastics that cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. They can be recycled in certain supermarkets and other dropoff points. Contact your local council to learn more.
Kitchen and other food scraps can be recycled in certain locations. Check with your local council to learn more.
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Bones and shells (cooked or uncooked) may be accepted in certain locations for food organics recycling. Check with your local council to learn more.
Used coffee grounds may be recycled into compost in specific locations, so check with your local council to learn more.
Clean and dry food cans free of food residue can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
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Rigid plastic bottles should be placed empty, clean and dry into your recycling bins, with their tops off.
Beer cans can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin as long as they are clean, dry and empty. Place them in loose in the bin.
Most fresh milk and juice cartons are made of liquid paperboard (LPB) and may be recyclable in certain locations. Check with your council for more information.
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Beer cans can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin as long as they are clean, dry and empty. Place them in loose in the bin.
Rigid plastic bottles should be placed empty, clean and dry into your recycling bins, with their tops off.
Furniture does not belong in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to arrange for a bulk collection.
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Wooden planks and furniture in good condition can be resold, donated or repurposed. Never put it in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council for more information to learn how to recycle this item.
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Gardening tools such as shears and hoses do not belong in your commingled recycling bin. If in doubt, contact your local council to learn where you can dispose of them safely.
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Knives in good condition can be donated or gifted. For broken knives, make sure they are packaged securely before placing in the general waste bin.
Furniture does not belong in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to arrange for a bulk collection.
Lawn mowers in good condition can be donated or re-sold. Otherwise, contact your local council to find out where you can drop it off.
Gas cylinders, bottles and butane canisters are a potential fire risk. Swap out empty cylinders with the manufacturer, drop off at a council hazardous waste collection point or at a transfer station near you.
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Depending on your location, empty aerosol cans can be placed in the commingled recycling bin with their plastic caps and covers off. Filled aerosol cans should be recycled separately. Contact your local council to learn how and where you can recycle these items.
Clean and dry glass bottles can be recycled in most locations, but some municipalities may require these items to be placed in a separate bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Beer bottles are perfectly recyclable, as long as they are dry and empty. Place them loose in your recycling bin.
Ensure that bottles are empty and remove lids before placing wine bottles in your commingled recycling bin.
Glasses, spectacles and sunglasses in good conditions can be donated for reuse in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Clean and dry glass bottles can be recycled in most locations, but some municipalities may require these items to be placed in a separate bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
Glossy magazines and brochures can be recycled in your commingled bin. Just place into the bin loose.
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Dry and unsoiled newspapers should be placed loose in your recycling bin. Soiled newspapers must be placed in the general waste bin.
Clean, dry and unsoiled office and computer papers (even with staples) can be recycled in your commingled bin.
Books in good conditions can be donated or passed on. Some locations will accept books in the commingled recycling bin. Otherwise, place it in your general waste bin. Contact your local council to confirm.
Most greaseproof paper including parchment and baking paper cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Place them instead in your general waste bin.
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Clean wrapping papers can go into your commingled recycling bin except if they are made from foil or plastic. Small bits of wrapping paper cannot be recycled and should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Dry and unsoiled newspapers should be placed loose in your recycling bin. Soiled newspapers must be placed in the general waste bin.
If not reused or repurposed in craft projects, greeting cards can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
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Glossy magazines and brochures can be recycled in your commingled bin. Just place into the bin loose.
Clean wrapping papers can go into your commingled recycling bin except if they are made from foil or plastic. Small bits of wrapping paper cannot be recycled and should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Dry, clean and unsoiled envelopes, with or without plastic windows, are completely recyclable in your commingled bin. Place them loose in the bin.
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Human and animal hair are organic materials and may be recycled as compost or placed in a FOGO bin. Contact your local council before you place them in the bin.
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Depending on your location, animal droppings may be collected for recycling. Contact your local council to find out more.
Hard drives are e-waste and are not recyclable through your commingled recycling bin. Drop off these off at TechCollect collection points nationwide or contact your local council for advice.
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Broken and old mobile phones and their chargers are considered e-waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off.
With the exception of car batteries, all other battery types are considered to be e-waste. Household batteries can be dropped off at TechCollect locations nationwide while business can arrange for a pickup.
Depending on your location, hot water bottles may be recyclable. Check with your local council to confirm. Otherwise, dispose in your general waste bin.
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Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Lolly wrappers are soft plastics that cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. They can be recycled in certain supermarkets and other dropoff points. Contact your local council to learn more.
Never place any form of chemicals, including cleaning chemicals, in your bin. Contact your local council to find out where you can dispose of this safely.
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Ammonia is a dangerous chemical that should be disposed carefully. Contact your local council to learn where you can dispose these safely.
Bleach is a hazardous household chemical. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of it safely.
Paint stripper and thinners are classified as household hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn more about hazardous household waste drop-offs.
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Empty, clean and dry ice cream tubs and containers made of plastic can be recycled in your commingled bin. Cardboard ice cream containers are often layered with a thin plastic which may not be recyclable. Check with your local council for more information.
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Clean and dry food cans free of food residue can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
Incandescent light bulbs and other light fixtures cannot be recycled in your commingled bin, as they contain hazardous materials. If your incandescent light fixture is broken, wrap carefully in old newspapers and place in your general waste bin. Otherwise, you can check with your local light shops to see if they have a light bulb recycling program. You can also contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off safely.
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Fluorescent tubes and other light fixtures cannot be recycled in your commingled bin as they contain hazardous materials. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off safely.
Furniture does not belong in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to arrange for a bulk collection.
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Clean, dry and empty glass jars can be recycled in most locations, but certain municipalities may require these items to be placed in a different bin. When in doubt, check with your local council.
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Clean and dry glass bottles can be recycled in most locations, but some municipalities may require these items to be placed in a separate bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
Junk mail can be placed in your commingled bin loose and dry.
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Glossy magazines and brochures can be recycled in your commingled bin. Just place into the bin loose.
Dry and unsoiled newspapers should be placed loose in your recycling bin. Soiled newspapers must be placed in the general waste bin.
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Some locations may accept kitty litter as compost material. Check with your local council to find out more.
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Depending on your location, animal droppings may be collected for recycling. Contact your local council to find out more.
Human and animal hair are organic materials and may be recycled as compost or placed in a FOGO bin. Contact your local council before you place them in the bin.
Knitting needles made of unvarnished wood may be recycled in your commingled waste bin. However broken and knitting needles made of other materials should be placed in your general waste bin.
Knives in good condition can be donated or gifted. For broken knives, make sure they are packaged securely before placing in the general waste bin.
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Disposable gloves (latex and rubber) are not recyclable and should be placed in your general waste bin.
Fishing rods, lines and hooks are not recyclable in your commingled bin. Place them in your general waste bin.
Lawn mowers in good condition can be donated or re-sold. Otherwise, contact your local council to find out where you can drop it off.
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Lawn mowers in good condition can be donated or re-sold. Otherwise, contact your local council to find out where you can drop it off.
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Depending on your location, small wooden branches and garden prunings may be recyclable. Contact your local council to learn more. Otherwise place them in your general waste bin.
Depending on your location, real flowers may be recycled as compost. Check with your local council to learn more. Plastic flowers cannot be recycled and should be placed in the general waste bin.
Depending on your location, animal droppings may be collected for recycling. Contact your local council to find out more.
Unless specifically requested by your council, always remove jars and lids from your containers, jars and cartons. Sort the lids by type (plastic in one pile, metal in another), then place them in a corresponding container before disposal.
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Clean and dry glass bottles can be recycled in most locations, but some municipalities may require these items to be placed in a separate bin. Contact your local council to learn more.
Lolly wrappers are soft plastics that cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. They can be recycled in certain supermarkets and other dropoff points. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Black meat trays go into your general waste bin as recycling machines cannot sort them. Transparent or white meat trays may be recyclable in select locations, depending on its material. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Magnets cannot be recycled in the commingled recycling bin. Place them in your general waste bin.
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Fluorescent tubes and other light fixtures cannot be recycled in your commingled bin as they contain hazardous materials. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off safely.
Incandescent light bulbs and other light fixtures cannot be recycled in your commingled bin, as they contain hazardous materials. If your incandescent light fixture is broken, wrap carefully in old newspapers and place in your general waste bin. Otherwise, you can check with your local light shops to see if they have a light bulb recycling program. You can also contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off safely.
Rigid plastic containers like margarine and butter tubs can be recycled in your commingled bin. Make sure they are clean, empty and dry before placing them loose in the bin.
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Yogurt tubs or containers can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin as long as they are clean, dry and empty. Place them in loose in the bin.
Rigid plastic containers like detergent bottles can be recycled in the commingled bin. Make sure to empty, clean, and separate the lid from the bottle before placing it into the bin.
Mattresses cannot be recycled nor disposed in your commingled and general waste bins. Contact your local council for advice on safe disposal.
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Furniture does not belong in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to arrange for a bulk collection.
Black meat trays go into your general waste bin as recycling machines cannot sort them. Transparent or white meat trays may be recyclable in select locations, depending on its material. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Lolly wrappers are soft plastics that cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. They can be recycled in certain supermarkets and other dropoff points. Contact your local council to learn more.
Aluminium foil trays can be recycled. Just ensure they're clean, dry and empty. However, foil packaging for crisp packages and similar material which are made of metallised plastic are not accepted. To check, scrunch the material into a ball. If it stays in shape, it is aluminium foil and can be placed in your commingled bin. If it "bounces back" then it is plastic and should be placed in your general waste bin.
These do not go into your general waste or commingled bins. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn how to safely dispose of these.
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Empty medicine jars are rigid plastics and can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
Expired or leftover medication cannot be put into your bins, but will be accepted at some community pharmacies and other locations. Contact your local council for safe disposal advice.
Empty medicine jars are rigid plastics and can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
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Empty, clean and dry ice cream tubs and containers made of plastic can be recycled in your commingled bin. Cardboard ice cream containers are often layered with a thin plastic which may not be recyclable. Check with your local council for more information.
Aluminium foil trays can be recycled. Just ensure they're clean, dry and empty. However, foil packaging for crisp packages and similar material which are made of metallised plastic are not accepted. To check, scrunch the material into a ball. If it stays in shape, it is aluminium foil and can be placed in your commingled bin. If it "bounces back" then it is plastic and should be placed in your general waste bin.
Depending on your location, hot water bottles may be recyclable. Check with your local council to confirm. Otherwise, dispose in your general waste bin.
Expired or leftover medication cannot be put into your bins, but will be accepted at some community pharmacies and other locations. Contact your local council for safe disposal advice.
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Kitchen and other food scraps can be recycled in certain locations. Check with your local council to learn more.
Milo tins can be recycled in your commingled bin. Ensure it is clean, dry and empty before placing it loose in the bin.
Mirrors in good conditions can be donated or re-sold. Broken mirrors should be bagged and carefully placed in your general waste bin.
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Furniture does not belong in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to arrange for a bulk collection.
Broken and old mobile phones and their chargers are considered e-waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off.
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Hard drives are e-waste and are not recyclable through your commingled recycling bin. Drop off these off at TechCollect collection points nationwide or contact your local council for advice.
With the exception of car batteries, all other battery types are considered to be e-waste. Household batteries can be dropped off at TechCollect locations nationwide while business can arrange for a pickup.
USB stick and drives are e-waste and cannot be recycled in the commingled recycling bin. Drop off these off at TechCollect collection points nationwide or contact your local council for advice.
Mops and brooms cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Contact your local council to learn where you can dispose these safely.
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Vacuum cleaner dust cannot be recycled. Bag and place them into your general waste bin.
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Leftover nail polish is classified as a hazardous chemical as it may harm the environment if not disposed properly. Contact your local council to learn more about safe disposal of hazardous household chemicals.
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Used cotton wool and buds cannot be recycled and should always be placed in your general waste bin.
Dry and unsoiled newspapers should be placed loose in your recycling bin. Soiled newspapers must be placed in the general waste bin.
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Clean, dry and unsoiled office and computer papers (even with staples) can be recycled in your commingled bin.
Dry, clean and unsoiled envelopes, with or without plastic windows, are completely recyclable in your commingled bin. Place them loose in the bin.
Clean wrapping papers can go into your commingled recycling bin except if they are made from foil or plastic. Small bits of wrapping paper cannot be recycled and should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
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Clean, dry and unsoiled office and computer papers (even with staples) can be recycled in your commingled bin.
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Glossy magazines and brochures can be recycled in your commingled bin. Just place into the bin loose.
Dry and unsoiled newspapers should be placed loose in your recycling bin. Soiled newspapers must be placed in the general waste bin.
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Leftover paint and empty paint containers can be recycled through Paintback. Do not dispose leftover paint and containers in your general waste or commingled recycling bins.
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Paint stripper and thinners are classified as household hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn more about hazardous household waste drop-offs.
Petrol and other flammable liquids cannot be disposed in your commingled or general waste bins. Contact your council for advice on safe disposal.
Paint stripper and thinners are classified as household hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn more about hazardous household waste drop-offs.
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Leftover paint and empty paint containers can be recycled through Paintback. Do not dispose leftover paint and containers in your general waste or commingled recycling bins.
Clean, dry and unsoiled paper bags can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
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Clean, dry and unsoiled office and computer papers (even with staples) can be recycled in your commingled bin.
Clean wrapping papers can go into your commingled recycling bin except if they are made from foil or plastic. Small bits of wrapping paper cannot be recycled and should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
Dry, clean and unsoiled envelopes, with or without plastic windows, are completely recyclable in your commingled bin. Place them loose in the bin.
Used paper towels, napkins and tissues cannot be recycled. Some locations may accept them as compost material. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Dry and unsoiled newspapers should be placed loose in your recycling bin. Soiled newspapers must be placed in the general waste bin.
Glossy magazines and brochures can be recycled in your commingled bin. Just place into the bin loose.
Pens and other stationery cannot be recycled in your commingled bin as they are too small to be picked up by the machinery. Check with your local council to see if a writing utensil program is available in your area.
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Dry and unsoiled newspapers should be placed loose in your recycling bin. Soiled newspapers must be placed in the general waste bin.
Clean, dry and unsoiled office and computer papers (even with staples) can be recycled in your commingled bin.
Petrol and other flammable liquids cannot be disposed in your commingled or general waste bins. Contact your council for advice on safe disposal.
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Motor oil and its containers cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Contact your local council to find the nearest drop off points for your used motor oil, filters and containers.
Paint stripper and thinners are classified as household hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn more about hazardous household waste drop-offs.
Photographs and negatives are generally unrecyclable and should be placed in your general waste bin. Check with your local council to see if a recycling program exists.
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Glossy magazines and brochures can be recycled in your commingled bin. Just place into the bin loose.
Books in good conditions can be donated or passed on. Some locations will accept books in the commingled recycling bin. Otherwise, place it in your general waste bin. Contact your local council to confirm.
Consider upcycling your picture frames if they are still in good condition. Plain picture frames made of paper and untreated wood can be recycled. Picture frames made of plastic and other materials are not recyclable and must be placed in the general waste bin. Contact your local council for more information.
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Furniture does not belong in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to arrange for a bulk collection.
Old pillows cannot be recycled. Place them in your general waste bin or upcycle them as a DIY project.
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If the blanket or quilt is in good condition, reuse or donate. Otherwise, place it in your general waste bin.
Disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Place them in the general waste bin and consider using cloth nappies as an alternative instead.
Clean pizza boxes with no food stains can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin. Soiled pizza boxes with greasy food stains should be placed in your general waste bin.
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Most fresh milk and juice cartons are made of liquid paperboard (LPB) and may be recyclable in certain locations. Check with your council for more information.
Flatten clean and dry cardboard boxes before disposal in your commingled bin. Wet or soiled cardboard cannot be recycled as these can contaminate the recyclables, so it must be disposed of in your general waste bin. Shredded or torn cardboard are also not recyclable through the kerbside commingled as they are too small to be detected by our sorting machines. However, shredded cardboard and paper can be donated to the local pet shop to be used as bedding, used as mulch in the garden or mixed into a compost heap.
Rigid plastic bottles should be placed empty, clean and dry into your recycling bins, with their tops off.
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Yogurt tubs or containers can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin as long as they are clean, dry and empty. Place them in loose in the bin.
Rigid plastic containers such as shampoo and conditioner bottles can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin. Empty, rinse and dry before placing them in the bin.
Plastic buckets and toys may be accepted in some locations. Contact your local council for more information.
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Pram and strollers cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. If in good condition, look out for local groups that can take and donate your used pram and strollers. Otherwise, contact your local council for advice.
Disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Place them in the general waste bin and consider using cloth nappies as an alternative instead.
Depending on your location, punnets may be reyclable. Check with your local council before recycling.
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Black meat trays go into your general waste bin as recycling machines cannot sort them. Transparent or white meat trays may be recyclable in select locations, depending on its material. Contact your local council to learn more.
Yogurt tubs or containers can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin as long as they are clean, dry and empty. Place them in loose in the bin.
Polystyrene and styrofoam cannot be recycled through your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council to see if a polystyrene recycling program is available.
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Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Black meat trays go into your general waste bin as recycling machines cannot sort them. Transparent or white meat trays may be recyclable in select locations, depending on its material. Contact your local council to learn more.
Pots and pans cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Contact your local council for drop-off locations.
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Clean and dry food cans free of food residue can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
Pram and strollers cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. If in good condition, look out for local groups that can take and donate your used pram and strollers. Otherwise, contact your local council for advice.
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Disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Place them in the general waste bin and consider using cloth nappies as an alternative instead.
Plastic buckets and toys may be accepted in some locations. Contact your local council for more information.
Printer cartridges are recyclable at select stores. Contact your local council for more information.
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Electrical appliances such as kettles, microwaves, game consoles, lamps and others are recyclable but must be sent to an approved recycler. Contact your local council to learn more.
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If the blanket or quilt is in good condition, reuse or donate. Otherwise, place it in your general waste bin.
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Old pillows cannot be recycled. Place them in your general waste bin or upcycle them as a DIY project.
Disposable nappies cannot be recycled. Place them in the general waste bin and consider using cloth nappies as an alternative instead.
Sanitary pads and tampons cannot be recycled or flushed down the toilet. Place them in your general waste bin.
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Razor blades, whether as detachable blade heads or as part of a disposable razor, should not be recycled or disposed in your kerbside bin. Depending on your location, you can dispose used razor blades and disposable razors as sharps waste in dedicated sharps waste community bins or recycle through a dedicated razor recycling service.
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Aluminium foil should be clean and free of contaminants such as food. These can be scrunched into a ball and placed into another aluminium container such as a food can for recycling.
Rugs and carpets cannot be recycled in the commingled bin. Check with your local charities or secondhand shops if they will accept rugs and carpets in good conditions. Wool rugs and carpets with natural backing material can also be composted, but check with your manufacturer first. Otherwise, place in your general waste bin. If it is too large, dispose of it in your hardwaste collection.
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Old pillows cannot be recycled. Place them in your general waste bin or upcycle them as a DIY project.
Clothing, shoes and textiles cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Upcycle, donate or repurpose fabrics and textiles in good condition. Otherwise, place them in your general waste bin for disposal.
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Sanitary pads and tampons cannot be recycled or flushed down the toilet. Place them in your general waste bin.
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Condoms are not recyclable. Place them in your general waste bin.
If the blanket or quilt is in good condition, reuse or donate. Otherwise, place it in your general waste bin.
Rigid plastic containers such as shampoo and conditioner bottles can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin. Empty, rinse and dry before placing them in the bin.
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Rigid plastic containers like margarine and butter tubs can be recycled in your commingled bin. Make sure they are clean, empty and dry before placing them loose in the bin.
Rigid plastic containers like detergent bottles can be recycled in the commingled bin. Make sure to empty, clean, and separate the lid from the bottle before placing it into the bin.
Shredded paper cannot be recycled in your commingled recycling bin as it is too small to be processed by sorting machines. Some locations may accept shredded paper as compost. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Dry, clean and unsoiled envelopes, with or without plastic windows, are completely recyclable in your commingled bin. Place them loose in the bin.
Clean wrapping papers can go into your commingled recycling bin except if they are made from foil or plastic. Small bits of wrapping paper cannot be recycled and should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
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Tea bags are recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Coffee cups may be recyclable in certain locations. Check with your local council to learn more. Otherwise, place them in the general waste bin.
Used coffee grounds may be recycled into compost in specific locations, so check with your local council to learn more.
Timber can be recycled through your council's bulk waste services depending on its condition and whether it's treated or untreated. Contact your local council to learn more.
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Tree branches (regardless of size) may be recycled as compost depending on location. Contact your council to learn more.
Wooden planks and furniture in good condition can be resold, donated or repurposed. Never put it in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council for more information to learn how to recycle this item.
Building materials such as timber, concrete, plasterboard, vegetation and other materials should not be placed in household bins. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of them before you begin your project.
Toothbrushes cannot be recycled as they are too small to be picked up by the sorting machine and are made of mixed materials. However, certain locations may offer toothbrush recycling programs. Check with your local council to learn more.
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Disposable razors are not recyclable. Place them in the general waste bin and consider using reusable alternatives.
Toothpaste tubes may be recyclable under certain conditions. Check with your local council to learn whether they are accepted in your area.
Toothpaste tubes may be recyclable under certain conditions. Check with your local council to learn whether they are accepted in your area.
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Toothbrushes cannot be recycled as they are too small to be picked up by the sorting machine and are made of mixed materials. However, certain locations may offer toothbrush recycling programs. Check with your local council to learn more.
Disposable razors are not recyclable. Place them in the general waste bin and consider using reusable alternatives.
Tree branches (regardless of size) may be recycled as compost depending on location. Contact your council to learn more.
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Timber can be recycled through your council's bulk waste services depending on its condition and whether it's treated or untreated. Contact your local council to learn more.
Wooden planks and furniture in good condition can be resold, donated or repurposed. Never put it in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council for more information to learn how to recycle this item.
Tyres are recyclable at specialised facilities. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop your old tyres off.
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Motor oil and its containers cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Contact your local council to find the nearest drop off points for your used motor oil, filters and containers.
Used car batteries are hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn where you can dispose them safely.
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Umbrellas, broken or not, cannot be recycled. If in good condition, considering donating or upcycling umbrellas. Otherwise, these will go into the general waste bin.
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Biscuit trays are soft plastics and may be recyclable in select locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Bubble wrap is a soft plastic that may be recyclable in certain locations. Contact your local council to learn more.
Fishing rods, lines and hooks are not recyclable in your commingled bin. Place them in your general waste bin.
USB stick and drives are e-waste and cannot be recycled in the commingled recycling bin. Drop off these off at TechCollect collection points nationwide or contact your local council for advice.
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Old CDs and DVDs may be recycled. Contact your local council to learn more.
Hard drives are e-waste and are not recyclable through your commingled recycling bin. Drop off these off at TechCollect collection points nationwide or contact your local council for advice.
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Vacuum cleaner dust cannot be recycled. Bag and place them into your general waste bin.
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Some locations may accept kitty litter as compost material. Check with your local council to find out more.
Human and animal hair are organic materials and may be recycled as compost or placed in a FOGO bin. Contact your local council before you place them in the bin.
Single-component varnishes can be recycled through Paintback or household hazardous waste collection services and drop-offs. These should never be placed in your general waste or commingled recycling bins. If in doubt, contact your local council to learn where you can drop off your varnishes.
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Leftover paint and empty paint containers can be recycled through Paintback. Do not dispose leftover paint and containers in your general waste or commingled recycling bins.
Paint stripper and thinners are classified as household hazardous waste. Contact your local council to learn more about hazardous household waste drop-offs.
Video games consoles are not covered by the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Consider gifting, selling, or donating video game consoles in good condition. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of broken gaming equipment.
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USB stick and drives are e-waste and cannot be recycled in the commingled recycling bin. Drop off these off at TechCollect collection points nationwide or contact your local council for advice.
Hard drives are e-waste and are not recyclable through your commingled recycling bin. Drop off these off at TechCollect collection points nationwide or contact your local council for advice.
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Waxed paper and cardboard cannot be recycled or composted as it usually comes with a layer of plastic that doesn't biodegrade. Place this in your general waste bin.
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Most greaseproof paper including parchment and baking paper cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Place them instead in your general waste bin.
Empty, clean and dry ice cream tubs and containers made of plastic can be recycled in your commingled bin. Cardboard ice cream containers are often layered with a thin plastic which may not be recyclable. Check with your local council for more information.
Depending on your location, weeds and garden waste may be recyclable. Contact your local council to learn more. Otherwise place them in your general waste bin.
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Tree branches (regardless of size) may be recycled as compost depending on location. Contact your council to learn more.
Depending on your location, real flowers may be recycled as compost. Check with your local council to learn more. Plastic flowers cannot be recycled and should be placed in the general waste bin.
Depending on your location, small wooden branches and garden prunings may be recyclable. Contact your local council to learn more. Otherwise place them in your general waste bin.
Ensure that bottles are empty and remove lids before placing wine bottles in your commingled recycling bin.
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Beer bottles are perfectly recyclable, as long as they are dry and empty. Place them loose in your recycling bin.
Rigid plastic bottles should be placed empty, clean and dry into your recycling bins, with their tops off.
Depending on your location, small wooden branches and garden prunings may be recyclable. Contact your local council to learn more. Otherwise place them in your general waste bin.
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Depending on your location, weeds and garden waste may be recyclable. Contact your local council to learn more. Otherwise place them in your general waste bin.
Tree branches (regardless of size) may be recycled as compost depending on location. Contact your council to learn more.
Depending on your location, real flowers may be recycled as compost. Check with your local council to learn more. Plastic flowers cannot be recycled and should be placed in the general waste bin.
Wooden planks and furniture in good condition can be resold, donated or repurposed. Never put it in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council for more information to learn how to recycle this item.
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Depending on your location, real flowers may be recycled as compost. Check with your local council to learn more. Plastic flowers cannot be recycled and should be placed in the general waste bin.
Tree branches (regardless of size) may be recycled as compost depending on location. Contact your council to learn more.
Clean wrapping papers can go into your commingled recycling bin except if they are made from foil or plastic. Small bits of wrapping paper cannot be recycled and should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
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Most greaseproof paper including parchment and baking paper cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Place them instead in your general waste bin.
Junk mail can be placed in your commingled bin loose and dry.
If not reused or repurposed in craft projects, greeting cards can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin.
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X-Rays and other medical imaging film contain heavy metals and are considered e-waste. Do not put in your commingled recycling bin. Instead, check TechCollect for an e-waste drop-off location closest to you. For bigger volumes, contact us to set a pick-up appointment.
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Expired or leftover medication cannot be put into your bins, but will be accepted at some community pharmacies and other locations. Contact your local council for safe disposal advice.
Clean, dry and unsoiled office and computer papers (even with staples) can be recycled in your commingled bin.
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Yoga mats are durable but they are often made of unrecyclable material. If available, check with the manufacturer to see if they will accept the mats for recycling. Otherwise, upcycle the mats or place them in your general waste bin.
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Mattresses cannot be recycled nor disposed in your commingled and general waste bins. Contact your local council for advice on safe disposal.
Yogurt tubs or containers can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin as long as they are clean, dry and empty. Place them in loose in the bin.
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Rigid plastic containers like detergent bottles can be recycled in the commingled bin. Make sure to empty, clean, and separate the lid from the bottle before placing it into the bin.
Rigid plastic containers such as shampoo and conditioner bottles can be recycled in your commingled recycling bin. Empty, rinse and dry before placing them in the bin.
Both plastic and glass beverage bottles should be placed in your commingled recycling bin with the lids removed, unless advised differently by your council.
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Zinc sheets and other building materials do not belong in your commingled recycling or general waste bin. Check with your local council to learn how to dispose of them.
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Building materials such as timber, concrete, plasterboard, vegetation and other materials should not be placed in household bins. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of them before you begin your project.
Wooden planks and furniture in good condition can be resold, donated or repurposed. Never put it in your commingled recycling bin. Contact your local council for more information to learn how to recycle this item.
Ziplock bags with an outer paper covering and a transparent plastic window are also known as standup pouch bags. These are not recyclable in your kerbside bin as they are made from mixed materials (paper and plastic). Place them in your general waste bin.
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Plastic zip lock bags, also known as snap lock bags, are clear transparent bags that can be resealed. These are soft plastics and cannot be recycled in your kerbside bin. However, you can recycle them in most supermarkets and drop-off locations that accept soft plastics for recycling.
Depending on your location, punnets may be reyclable. Check with your local council before recycling.
Plastic zip lock bags, also known as snap lock bags, are clear transparent bags that can be resealed. These are soft plastics and cannot be recycled in your kerbside bin. However, you can recycle them in most supermarkets and drop-off locations that accept soft plastics for recycling.
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Depending on your location, punnets may be reyclable. Check with your local council before recycling.
Rigid plastic bottles should be placed empty, clean and dry into your recycling bins, with their tops off.
Zip ties are too small to be recycled on its own. Collect zip ties in an empty plastic container before placing them in the commingled recycling bin.
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Fluorescent tubes and other light fixtures cannot be recycled in your commingled bin as they contain hazardous materials. Contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off safely.
Video games consoles are not covered by the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Consider gifting, selling, or donating video game consoles in good condition. Contact your local council to learn how to dispose of broken gaming equipment.
Incandescent light bulbs and other light fixtures cannot be recycled in your commingled bin, as they contain hazardous materials. If your incandescent light fixture is broken, wrap carefully in old newspapers and place in your general waste bin. Otherwise, you can check with your local light shops to see if they have a light bulb recycling program. You can also contact your local council to learn where you can drop them off safely.
If they cannot be repurposed or donated, zips and other textiles should be disposed of in your general waste bin.
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Used cotton wool and buds cannot be recycled and should always be placed in your general waste bin.
Clothing, shoes and textiles cannot be recycled in your commingled bin. Upcycle, donate or repurpose fabrics and textiles in good condition. Otherwise, place them in your general waste bin for disposal.
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The alufoil is recyclable! Just scrunch into a ball and place into an alu can for recycling.

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What happens after I recycle?

Collected recyclables are screened for contamination before processing. If a batch has too many contaminants (such as textiles, nappies and other non-recyclable items) mixed in, the entire batch will be sent to landfill. This is why recycling correctly is so important – putting an item that needs to be recycled elsewhere into your commingled bin will not “magically” ensure the item is recycled.

Uncontaminated recycling is a high quality commodity that can be used to replace virgin raw material. Some recyclables such as e-waste, is broken down into component parts, while others are baled and sent directly to recyclers. If you have ever wondered where does recyclable items after you place them in your bin, then this section is for you.

Most paper and cardboard items such as magazines, boxes and windowed envelopes can be recycled into new paper products.

Glass bottles and jars can be recycled into new glass bottles and jars almost infinitely. Crushed glass can also be used as an environmentally-friendly substitute for sand in roadworks.

Single-use rigid plastic containers such as plastic bottles, deodorants, and butter tubs can be turned into new containers or used to create polar fleece jackets and park benches.

Aluminium can be recycled almost infinitely with minimal loss of quality. Recycling aluminium can save up to 95% of the energy required to make a new can from raw materials.

Food waste and other organic waste can be turned into compost and other beneficial soil conditioners. However, strict guidelines apply to minimise contamination and ensure the organic material is safe to be used.

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