Knowing how to recycle correctly using your recycling bin at home, in public places or at work helps increase the amount of material that can be recycled.
If you place waste and recycling items in the wrong bin, it causes ‘contamination’. High levels of contamination means materials are not recycled and are instead sent to landfill.
- Never put your recycling in plastic bags - place loose recyclables straight into your recycling bin
- Read any bin stickers, flyers and signs on or around your bins to make sure you place materials in the right bins
- Make sure recyclable items are not heavily contaminated with food, liquids or hazardous materials
- Fold cardboard boxes down flat to fit more in your bin
- Clean your takeaway food containers to enable them to be recycled
- Empty food tins can be recycled if they are cleaned
- Take the lids off bottles and empty out any residual liquid
- You can recycle empty aerosols like deodorants and air fresheners
- Only certain plastics are recyclable in different recycling bins - plastics have identification code symbols on the bottom or side of the bottle/container.
- Generally plastics , and are recyclable, however some councils also recycle numbers 3, 4, 6 and 7 plastics. Check your recycle bin sticker to see what plastics are accepted in your area or call your local council.
- If you are unsure, ask us or your local council – you may save some materials from ending up in landfill.
Things you CAN’T put in your standard commingled RECYCLING bin
More ways you can recover, recycle and reuse
- Plastic bags
- Polystyrene foam
- Syringes and sharps
- Clothes, shoes, towels and fabric
- Garden waste and dirt
- Electronics (e-waste) - computers, phones, radios, headphones
- Batteries and car parts
- Waxed cardboard
- Broken crockery and tableware
- Cooking oil, chemicals, paints and liquids
Some things that you can't put in your standard recycling bin can still be recycled, reduced or reused through other means:
- Plastic bags can often be recycled at local supermarkets
- Items such as mobile phones, printer cartridges and other electronic waste can be recycled at select retailers
- Clothes, shoes and toys can be taken to your local charity bin or shop
- Buy in bulk - by choosing products with less packaging you can help reduce waste
- Reusable shopping bags can be used to avoid plastic bags
- Use rechargeable batteries in household items
- Compost your kitchen scraps or use a worm farm
- Reuse scrap paper as notepaper
- Only print items when absolutely necessary and use double sided printing
- Choose recycled products, products with recycled content and products that can be recycled after use