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Waste

Recycling Service

The NSW Government has set Councils a target to reduce waste by recycling as much as possible. Recycling lessens the impact waste has on our environment.

Your 240l Recycling Bin is emptied once a fortnight. Your bins are picked up by trucks that have a single mechanical arm, which grabs onto your bin, lifts it up, empties the contents, then returns it to the kerbside

When the bins are placed too close together or close to a tree, a pole or a parked car, the driver of the truck cannot empty your bin.

To help the driver pick up, empty and replace your bin easily and safely, remember:

  • To put your bin out at the kerbside the night before collection.
  • To place the Recycling Bin out with the handles facing towards your house.
  • To make sure the Recycling Bin lid is shut, to avoid spills.
  • To leave a gap of about 30 centimetres between your Recycling and Garbage and Organics Recovery Bins or any other obstruction

If you live in a multi-unit dwelling, place your recycling into one of the yellow-lidded bins in the bin bay, ready for the contractor to pick up. Bins are serviced weekly.

Bins will be serviced by 6pm on your collection day.

What to Recycle

  • Paper and cardboard - newspapers, magazines, telephone books, paper, cardboard, cereal and food boxes, pizza boxes (remove all food scraps from pizza box).
  • Glass bottles and jars - remove lids and tops before placing them in your bin.
  • Aluminium and steel cans – all steel food and pet food cans, aluminium drink cans and empty aerosol cans.
  • Cartons - milk cartons, juice cartons - rinse and flatten.
  • Plastics - disposable plastic food and beverage containers including soft drink and water bottles, milk bottles, detergent and shampoo bottles, and take away food containers (clean).
  • All plastic containers which display these symbols:

 

What NOT to Recycle

  • Plastic bags.
  • Food waste.
  • Medical waste such as syringes, dialysis bags and sanitary products.
  • Wax coated boxes.
  • Ceramic plates, cups, crockery, drinking glass, light globes, pyrex, broken glass, window glass.
  • Polystyrene cups or packaging (foam) including meat trays.
  • Nappies.
  • Clothes.
  • Garbage.
  • Batteries.
  • Gas bottles.
  • Medicines.
  • Paint and paint related products.
  • Liquids.
  • Sawdust. 

Some Helpful Hints When Recycling

  • Crush your cartons, plastic bottles and aluminium cans
  • Cut or tear up cardboard boxes so they fit easily into the bin
  • Rinse out bottles and cans in cold water
  • Make sure you only recycle plastic containers which display these symbols.

Please DO NOT place your recyclables inside a plastic bag

Read about what happens to your recycling once it is collected.

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