What you can put in your recycling bin
- Aluminium and tin cans
- Plastic numbered 1 and 2 (bottles and containers)
- Flat cardboard and paper (envelopes, magazines, junk mail and egg cartons)
- Glass bottles and jars (not broken)
What you can't put in your recycling bin
- Anything contaminated with food - rinse it first
- Aluminium foil, sachets and food trays
- Appliances - take them to Earthlink
- Batteries - put single use batteries (button and alkaline batteries) in your rubbish and save others for a hazardous waste collection day
- Baby car seats - take them to a SeatSmart recycling site and pay $15
- Cardboard in large quantities like TV or fridge packaging - take to a recycling station
- Cartons - juice and milk
- Ceramic - cups and plates
- Clothing - use local clothing bins
- Computers including parts and accessories (take to Earthlink for e-waste re-use and repair or OfficeMax TechCollect)
- Food scraps - try composting
- Glass - including broken pieces, ceramic, frosted, Pyrex, glass from windows or drinking glasses.
- Kitchen utensils made from plastic, metal and wood - take to Earthlink or op shops
- Light bulbs
- Nappies (any kind)
- Plastic numbered 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
- Plastic toys - take to op shops if still usable
- Polystyrene (cups, containers and packaging)
- Soft plastics (bread bags, bubble wrap, chip packets, ice cream wrappers, plastic wrap/clingfilm) - take to a soft plastics collection point near you.
- Waxed paper
- Wood including toys and utensils - take to op shops.
Why aren't some types of plastic collected?
Recently there have been changes to the global recycling market with other countries no longer taking plastics for recycling.
There is still a demand for plastics classified as 1 and 2 which are:
- Clear Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET 1)
- High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE 2).