Fully commingled recycling is the preferred method for household and commercial recycling Australia wide. Fully commingled recycling takes all recyclables into a single bin.
This system is safer for collectors, increases recycling rates and lowers costs. Once collected and delivered to a fully comingled facility, a combination of sorting processes separates the different materials by size, weight, air, magnetic properties, non-magnetic properties, optical sorting and manual sorting.
Recycling is collected fortnightly from houses and weekly from unit blocks. Commingled recycling bins have a yellow lid and a capacity of 240L, although there are some blue-lidded paper recycling bins remaining in unit blocks that can also accept commingled recycling. Please ensure that your bin lid is closed completely with nothing protruding from the top, ready for collection.
What goes in your Yellow Bin?
Commingled recycling includes most (but not all) recyclable materials. The material has to be acceptable for sorting at the recycling facility. There are other options for the materials that cannot be sorted from this stream. Please visit the A-Z Recycling Guide for more details.
What goes in your yellow bin:
- Glass: Empty bottles and jars
- Plastic: All rigid plastics plus containers and bottles from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry
- Metals: Steel and aluminium cans, aluminium foil rolled into a ball and empty aerosols
- Cartons: Milk and juice cartons
- Paper: Newspapers, magazines, and phone books (including window faced envelopes, coloured paper, documents with staples, glossy paper)
- Cardboard: Flattened boxes (including empty and clean pizza boxes), egg cartons, coffee cups
NB: Lids can be recycled if placed loosely on bottles. Please wipe out all containers.
What does not go in the Yellow Bin?
- Polystyrene foam (including packaging, cups, foam meat trays)
- Plastic bags or cling/plastic wrap
- Biodegradable plastic
- Needles, lancets and syringes
- Drinking glasses, crockery, ceramics or light globes, mirrors, picture frames and glass plates
- Waxed paper/cardboard boxes (including some fruit/veg boxes)
- Garden waste
- Gas bottles
- Nappies & tissues
- Electrical items
Recycling bin poster
Download this poster to use as a reference within your home, school, unit complex or other.
How to increase your recycling
Space can be a premium in recycling bins, particularly if you are recycling everything possible. To increase the space in your recycling bin, it is important to flatten everything. If you have an excess of cardboard boxes for collection, they can be flattened and stacked NEATLY beside your recycling bin.
Contact Council if you would like to request an additional recycling bin, please fill in the form requesting additional bins. These will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Tips for keen recyclers
Do the Scrunch Test to decide if an item can be recycled in your Yellow Bin. If the plastic item can be scrunched easily into a ball or breaks apart easily, it can NOT go in your recycling bin. If you are a keen recycler and want to see the volume of your red bin decrease further, gather all your clean dry film plastics together (plastic bags, bread bags, chip, rice and pasta packets, choc wrappers, cling wrap, “green bags” etc.) and drop off at your local Coles or Woolworths Supermarket in the RedCycle Bin at the front of the store or other participating retailers.