A-Z waste and recycling guide

Not sure how to recycle or properly dispose of an unwanted item? This list should help you out.

If the item you wish to recycle is not listed below, visit the Recycling Near You website.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W X Y

A

Acids and alkalisChemical CleanOut
Aerosol cans (empty)Yellow lid recycling bin
Aluminium cansYellow lid recycling bin
Aluminium foil (clean)Yellow lid recycling bin
Aluminium foil (not clean)Red lid garbage bin
AsbestosWaste management centre
Ash (bagged)Red lid garbage bin, compost bin or worm farm

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B

Baits (rodent)Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
Baskets (eg washing baskets, plastic baskets, woven baskets)Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity
Bathroom basin, bath, cupboards, fittingsRed lid garbage bin, Waste management centre
Bathroom waste (eg makeup remover pads, cotton balls, tissues, etc)Red lid garbage bin
Batteries (household up to 'D' size)Council's Waste DepotBattery World, Recycling Near You, Aldi supermarkets, Red lid garbage bin, Council's LibrariesCouncil's administration building
Batteries (car)Council's Waste DepotBattery World, Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre, Repco
Batteries (mobile phone)Council's Waste DepotMobile muster
BicyclesDonate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Biscuit packetsRed lid garbage bin
BooksDonate to charity, Second hand book store, Yellow lid recycling bin
Bottle topsRed lid garbage bin
Bubble wrapRed lid garbage bin
Building materialsWaste management centre
Butane cans (empty)Chemical CleanOut, Yellow lid recycling bin

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C

CardboardYellow lid recycling bin, Waste management centre
Car parts/accessoriesWaste management centre, scrap metal recyclers
Carpet and underlayWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
CDs & DVDsCouncil's Waste Depot
Floppy disks, cassette tapes, video tapes, laser disksRecycling Near You, Red lid garbage bin
Ceramics Red lid garbage bin
Chairs Donate to charity, Bulky Waste CollectionWaste management centre
ChemicalsChemical CleanOut
Christmas tree (live) Compost bin, Chipping day, Waste Management Centre, Green lid green waste bin
Christmas tree (plastic) Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Clothing and accessories Donate to charity, Garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Coat hangers (plastic) Red lid garbage bin
Coat hangers (metal) Scrap metal recyclers
Coffee Cups (single-use)Red lid recycling bin
Coffee tins/cans Yellow lid recycling bin
Computer paper Yellow lid recycling bin
Computers and computer peripheralsRecycling Near You, Office Works, Council Waste Depot
ConcreteWaste management centre

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D

Disposable nappiesRed lid garbage bin
DoorsWaste management centre, donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection

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E

Electrical appliances (eg toasters, kettles)Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Recycling Near You
Electronic (computers, TV)Council's Waste Depot
Exercise equipmentDonate to charity, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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G

Type the definition
Garden wasteGreen lid green waste bin, compost bin or worm farm, waste management centre
Garbage (eg food waste, old clothes, household items)Red lid garbage bin
Garden hose and toolsWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection, Red lid garbage bin
Garden ornamentsWaste management centre, Donate to charity
Gas bottlesWaste management centre, Chemical CleanOut
Glass (cooking and food storage, window, glassware for drinking, sheets, shaver screens)Red lid garbage bin, Waste management centre
Glass bottles and jars from food and beveragesYellow lid recycling bin
Glasses / spectaclesRed lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
GutteringWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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H

Hazardous wasteChemical CleanOut
Heaters (oil)Chemical CleanOut
HerbicidesChemical CleanOut
Hot water systemsWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Household cleanersChemical CleanOut
Household cleaning product containers (empty) Yellow lid recycling bin

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I

Ice cream containers and lidsYellow lid recycling bin
Ink cartridgesCouncil's Waste Depot, Australia Post, Recycling Near You
Insulation battsWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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J

Juice cartonsYellow lid recycling bin
Junk mailYellow lid recycling bin

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K

Kitty litterRed lid garbage  bin
Kitchen cupboards and sinks, fittings and utencilsWaste management centre

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L

LatticeWaste management centre
Laundry tubs, cupboards and fittingsWaste management centre
Lawn mowersWaste management centre
Lids of bottles and jarsLeave the lids on all plastic bottles (milk, juice, soft drink, etc.). These lids can be left on as you are recycling plastic with plastic. Please ensure these bottles are empty before you recycle them. However, with glass bottles and jars the lids should be removed as the lids are made with material that is different from the container. Lids separated from containers which are bigger than a 50 cent piece can be recycled in your yellow-lidded bin, while smaller lids should be placed in your red lid garbage bin
Light bulbsCouncil's Waste DepotChemical CleanOut
LinoWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Linen (towels, sheets, cushions, blankets, etc)Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity if in good condition
LogsWaste management centre
Lunch boxesRed lid garbage bin

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M

MagazinesYellow lid recycling bin
MasoniteWaste management centre
MattressesWaste management centreBulky Waste Collection
Medicine bottles (empty)Yellow lid recycling bin
Medicines and medical suppliesReturn to participating hospitals and pharmacies
Milk bottles and cartonsYellow lid recycling bin
MirrorsWaste management centre, Red lid garbage bin

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N

Needles and syringesTake to participating pharmacies and hospitals
NewspapersYellow lid recycling bin

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O

Office paperYellow lid recycling bin
Oil (motor)Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
Oil (cooking) (small quantities only)Waste management centre, Red lid garbage bin, soak up with paper towel and put in to compost bin
Ornaments (eg garden or household)Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity if in good condition

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P

Paint tinsWaste management centre, Chemical CleanOut
PalletsWaste management centre
Paper (excluding shredded paper)Yellow lid recycling bin, Red lid garbage bin
Paper (shredded)Compost bin or Red lid garbage bin
Paper towel (used)Compost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin
Pens and pencilsRed lid garbage bin
PerspexWaste management centre
PesticidesChemical CleanOut
PetrolChemical CleanOut
Picture framesRed lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
Pizza boxes (empty)Yellow lid recycling bin
Pizza boxes (with food)Red lid garbage bin
PlasterboardWaste management centre
Plastic disposable containers from the kitchenYellow lid recycling bin
Plastic disposable containers from the laundryYellow lid recycling bin
Plastic disposable containers from the bathroomYellow lid recycling bin
Plastic plant potsRed lid garbage bin
Plastic plates, cups, knives, forksRed lid garbage bin
Plastic pipes, PVC plumbingRed lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Plastic storage containers (Tupperware, crates)Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Plastic bagsReturn to supermarket, Red lid garbage bin
Plastic wrapping / packagingReturn to supermarket, Red lid garbage bin
Plastic strappingRed lid garbage  bin
PoisonsChemical CleanOut
PolystyreneRed lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Porcelain / potteryRed lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity
Pool chemicalsChemical CleanOut
Pots and pansRed lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Waste management centre, Donate to charity
Pyrex (ovenware)Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity

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R

RadiosWaste management centre, Donate to charity, Red lid garbage bin
Records (vinyl)Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
RocksWaste management centre
Roof tilesWaste management centre
Rubber inner tubesBulky Waste Collection, Waste management centre
Renovation materialWaste management centre

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S

Sand / soilWaste management centre
SawdustCompost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin (bagged)
Seedling containers and garden potsRed lid garbage bin
ShoesRed lid garbage bin, donate to charity
Shredded paperCompost bin, Red lid garbage bin, pet shop
Smoke alarmsRed lid garbage  bin, Chemical CleanOut
SolventsChemical CleanOut
Sporting goods, exercise equipmentRed lid garbage bin, donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Steel cansYellow lid recycling bin
Stationary (pens, etc)Red lid garbage bin
StyrofoamRecycling Near You, garbage bin
Syringes and needlesTake to participating pharmacies and hospitals

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T

Take away food containers (not polystyrene)Yellow lid recycling bin
Tea bagsCompost bin or worm farm, gaRed lid garbage bage bin
Telephone booksYellow lid recycling bin
TelevisionsCouncil Waste Depot, Donate to charity, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
ThermometersRed lid garbage bin
TimberWaste management centre
Tin cansYellow lid recycling bin
Tissues/toilet paperRed lid garbage bin
ToiletsWaste management centre
Toner cartridgesTake to post offices, Council's Waste Depot
ToolsBulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity, Garbage bin
ToysRed lid garbage bin, Donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Tree trunks / stumpsWaste management centre
Tyres and wheelsWaste management centre

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V

Vacuum cleaner dustCompost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin (bagged)
Video tapesDonate to charity, Recycling Near You, Red lid garbage bin
VinylRed lid garbage bin

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W

Washing machinesWaste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection, scrap metal recycler
Waxed cardboardRed lid garbage bin
Wheel barrowsDonate to charity, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
White goodsWaste management centre, Scrap metal recyclers, Bulky Waste Collection
Window frames (no glass)Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Window panes (glass)Waste management centre, Red lid garbage bin
WireRed lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection

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X

XraysRecycling Near YouRed lid garbage bin

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