What goes in my Yellow Bin?

The yellow recycling bin is for the disposal of clean recyclables, being plastic packaging, paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, white polystyrene and clean metal cans and tins.

If you are not sure about an item, check the Orange Pages or contact your local Council for more information.

Recycling Only

A collection of plastic bottles

Plastic Bottles (clean)

Soft drink bottles  |  laundry bottles  |  shampoo & conditioner bottles |   liquid soap bottles  |  hand-pump bottles  |  detergent bottles  |   cleaning product bottles  | shower cleaner bottles  |  moisturizer bottles  |  

milk bottles

Important:  Lids can be left on.


  • Dirty bottles
  • Liquid
Plastic containers and plastic bags

Plastic Containers and Bags (clean)

Shopping bags   |  freezer bags  |  shrink wrap   |   food wrap  |  strapping tape  |  plastic bags  |  

ice cream containers  |   takeout food clear containers  |  margarine pottles   |   yoghurt pottles  |  clear plastic containers  |   coloured hard plastic containers  |  bubble wrap  |  clear biscuit trays  |  cake trays  |  plastic jars  |  bread bags  |  coal sacks   |  frozen vegetable plastic bags  |   frozen food plastic bags


  • Dirty, unwashed plastic containers or bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Foam Meat trays (soft polystyrene)
  • Toys
  • Garden hose
  • Non-packaging plastics
Metal cans and tins

Metal Cans and Tins (clean)

Tin cans  |  aluminium cans  |  pet food tins  |  aerosol cans  |  tin foil  |  baked beans/spaghetti cans  |  

canned food  |  spray paint cans  |  foil trays  |  aluminium foil  


  • Dirty tins
  • Car parts and scrap metal
  • Non-packaging metal
  • Gas bottles
  • Electrical products
polystyrene blocks

White Polystyrene

Polystyrene packaging  |  bubble wrap |  polystyrene blocks


  • Foam or packaging chips/shells/beads
  • Furniture foam/padding
  • Mattresses
  • Styrofoam
  • Foam Meat trays (soft polystyrene)
Paper and cardboard

Paper (loose, not bagged)

Newspapers   |   letters   |  coloured paper  |  white paper  |   envelopes   |  telephone books   |   

non-glossy wrapping paper  |  junk mail   |   magazines   |   newsletters    |   books - both soft and hard covered   

Important: shredded paper can be recycled - if it is in a clear plastic bag


  • Dirty or wet paper
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Tissues
a cardboard box

Cardboard (flatten)

Boxes   |   cereal boxes   |  sheets of cardboard   | toilet paper rolls  |  cardboard rolls  

Important:  Please flatten or cut the cardboard to fit inside the yellow recycling bin.   The yellow bin may not empty property if the box is squashed into the bin.


  • Dirty or wet cardboard
glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars

Glass bottles  |  wine bottles  |  jam jars  |  coffee jars  |  glass soft drink bottles 


  • No liquids
  • Window or windscreen glass
  • Drinking glass
  • Pyrex or glass cookware
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirrors