What Can and Can’t be Recycled


Items that can be recycled in your yellow lid bin:

  • Paper: office paper, magazines, newspapers and junk mail
  • Cardboard
  • Green, clear and brown glass bottles and jars
  • Juice and milk cartons
  • All hard plastic bottles and containers marked, but no lids please
  • Steel (tin) and aluminium cans and empty aerosols

Items that cannot be recycled:

  • Plastic bags or recyclables inside plastic bags
  • Takeaway coffee cups
  • Disposable nappies
  • Garden waste
  • Polystyrene (foam)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Syringes or medical waste
  • Dead animals
  • Oils
  • Ceramics, ovenware or light bulbs
Recycling made easy – ‘Tip’ Sheet.

Recycling made easy

If you have any questions about what can and can’t go in your recycle bin visit our NetWaste Twitter page and leave us a message or visit us on our NetWaste Facebook Page.

Contact your local council to find out more about local recycling services or link directly to council websites on our About Us page.

If you want to know more about recycling in general visit Planet Ark Recycling Near You.

Download our Recycling made easy – ‘Tip’ Sheet.

Other Recycling


Have you ever wondered how to dispose of your old microwave, printer cartridges, mobile phone, or your old clothes? Did you know that many items we classify as ‘Waste’ can actually be recycled?

Over the past decade concerns about the environment have caused many people to change their attitudes regarding waste disposal. Thankfully rubbish tips are no longer seen as the only method of disposing our waste and the potential to recover valuable resources in our waste is becoming recognised.

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Batteries (Including Lead Acid)

Lead acid batteries are 98% recyclable and are hazardous if not handled correctly. Contact your local Council for more information on recycling batteries. Drop off points are also located at most Aldi, Repco Auto, Battery World or Super Cheap Auto Stores, or visit The Australian Battery Recycling  Initiative for more information .

Mobile Phones

It is estimated only 3% of mobile phones are recycled, wasting precious resources. There are a number of mobile phone recycling programs where you can drop off your old phones including Mobile Muster.

Soft Plastics

Plastic bags and other soft plastics cannot go into your kerb-side recycling bin. For now, soft plastics need to go into the red lid bin until REDcycle is back up and running again. Please re-use plastic bags as much as possible and make the swap to reusable shopping bags. We can all try to reduce our use of soft plastics as much as possible.

Garden Waste and Organics

17 councils within the NetWaste region shred organic garden and kitchen waste, diverting it from landfill. If you have a green bin collection service, use it for all garden organics and food scraps. Or you can start your own composting or worm farm by following these simple steps HERE.

Scrap Metal

Collecting and processing scrap metal reduces the ecological impacts of mining raw materials. NetWaste has a scrap metal contract that provides a pick up service at most Councils within the NetWaste area. Contact your local Council.


Old clothing, blankets or sheets can be donated to your local charity store including: St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army or The Smith Family. Check your local directory for details. The RSPCA or local pound often accept blankets in the winter time.

Printer Cartridges

You can drop off your empty laser and inkjet cartridges at participating Australia Post, Officeworks, The Good Guys and Harvey Norman. To locate your nearest drop off point go to Close the Loop.

Electronic Items (E-Waste)

See NetWaste’s e-Waste

Household Chemicals

See NetWaste’s Household Problem Wastes

Chemical Containers

See NetWaste’s drumMuster Farm Chemicals

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