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 alkalis Chemical CleanOut
Aerosol cans (empty) Yellow lid recycling bin
Aluminium cans Yellow lid recycling bin
Aluminium foil (clean) Yellow lid recycling bin
Aluminium foil (not clean) Red lid garbage bin
Asbestos Waste 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, fittings
Red 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
Bicycles Donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Biscuit packets Red lid garbage bin
Books Donate to charity, Second hand book store, Yellow lid recycling bin
Bottle tops Red lid garbage bin
Bubble wrap Red lid garbage bin
Building materials Waste management centre
Butane cans (empty) Chemical CleanOut, Yellow lid recycling bin

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C

      
Cardboard Yellow lid recycling bin, Waste management centre
Car parts/accessories Waste management centre, scrap metal recyclers
Carpet and underlay Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
CDs & DVDs Council's Waste Depot
Floppy disks, cassette tapes, video tapes, laser disks
Recycling Near You, Red lid garbage bin
Ceramics Red lid garbage bin
Chairs Donate to charity, Bulky Waste CollectionWaste management centre
Chemicals Chemical 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 tins/cans Yellow lid recycling bin
Computer paper Yellow lid recycling bin
Computers and computer peripherals Recycling Near You, Office Works, Council Waste Depot
Concrete Waste management centre

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D

Disposable nappies Red lid garbage bin
Doors Waste 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 equipment Donate to charity, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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F

 
Fabric Red lid garbage bin, Waste management centre, Donate to charity
Fencing (any type) Waste management centre
Fluorescent tubes and light globes Council's Waste DepotChemical CleanOutWaste management centre
Fire extinguishers, Flares Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
Fridges Fridge buyback scheme, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection, scrap metal recyclers
Fruit and vegetable scraps Compost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin
Fuels Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
Fungicides Chemical CleanOut, Waste management centre
Furniture Donate to charity, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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G

Type the definition
   
Garden waste Green 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 tools Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection, Red lid garbage bin
Garden ornaments Waste management centre, Donate to charity
Gas bottles Waste 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 beverages Yellow lid recycling bin
Glasses / spectacles Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
Guttering Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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H

 
Hazardous waste Chemical CleanOut
Herbicides Chemical CleanOut
Hot water systems Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Household cleaners Chemical CleanOut
Household cleaning product containers (empty)
Yellow lid recycling bin

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I

Ice cream containers and lids Yellow lid recycling bin
Ink cartridges Council's Waste Depot, Australia Post, Recycling Near You
Insulation batts Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection

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J

Juice cartons Yellow lid recycling bin
Junk mail Yellow lid recycling bin

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K

Kitty litter Red lid garbage  bin
Kitchen cupboards and sinks, fittings and utencils Waste management centre

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L

    
Lattice Waste management centre
Laundry tubs, cupboards and fittings
Waste management centre
Lawn mowers Waste management centre
Lids of bottles and jars Leave 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 bulbs Council's Waste DepotChemical CleanOut
Lino Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Linen (towels, sheets, cushions, blankets, etc) Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity if in good condition
Logs Waste management centre
Lunch boxes Red lid garbage bin

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M

Magazines Yellow lid recycling bin
Masonite Waste management centre
Mattresses Waste management centreBulky Waste Collection
Medicine bottles (empty) Yellow lid recycling bin
Medicines and medical supplies Return to participating hospitals and pharmacies
Milk bottles and cartons
Yellow lid recycling bin
Mirrors Waste management centre, Red lid garbage bin

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N

Needles and syringes Take to participating pharmacies and hospitals
Newspapers Yellow lid recycling bin

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O

 
Office paper Yellow 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 tins Waste management centre, Chemical CleanOut
Pallets Waste 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 pencils Red lid garbage bin
Perspex Waste management centre
Pesticides Chemical CleanOut
Petrol Chemical CleanOut
Picture frames Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
Pizza boxes (empty) Yellow lid recycling bin
Pizza boxes (with food) Red lid garbage bin
Plasterboard Waste management centre
Plastic disposable containers from the kitchen
Yellow lid recycling bin
Plastic disposable containers from the laundry
Yellow lid recycling bin
Plastic disposable containers from the bathroom
Yellow lid recycling bin
Plastic plant pots Red lid garbage bin
Plastic plates, cups, knives, forks Red lid garbage bin
Plastic pipes, PVC plumbing Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Plastic storage containers (Tupperware, crates) Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Plastic bags Return to supermarket, Red lid garbage bin
Plastic wrapping / packaging Return to supermarket, Red lid garbage bin
Plastic strapping Red lid garbage  bin
Poisons Chemical CleanOut
Polystyrene Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection
Porcelain / pottery Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity
Pool chemicals Chemical CleanOut
Pots and pans Red 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

Radios Waste management centre, Donate to charity, Red lid garbage bin
Records (vinyl) Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity
Rocks Waste management centre
Roof tiles Waste management centre
Rubber inner tubes Bulky Waste Collection, Waste management centre
Renovation material
Waste management centre

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S

  
Sand / soil Waste management centre
Sawdust Compost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin (bagged)
Seedling containers and garden pots
Red lid garbage bin
Shoes Red lid garbage bin, donate to charity
Shredded paper Compost bin, Red lid garbage bin, pet shop
Smoke alarms Red lid garbage  bin, Chemical CleanOut
Solvents Chemical CleanOut
Sporting goods, exercise equipment
Red lid garbage bin, donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Steel cans Yellow lid recycling bin
Stationary (pens, etc) Red lid garbage bin
Styrofoam Recycling Near You, garbage bin
Syringes and needles Take to participating pharmacies and hospitals

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T

 
Take away food containers (not polystyrene) Yellow lid recycling bin
Tea bags Compost bin or worm farm, gaRed lid garbage bage bin
Telephone books Yellow lid recycling bin
Televisions Council Waste Depot, Donate to charity, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
Thermometers Red lid garbage bin
Timber Waste management centre
Tin cans Yellow lid recycling bin
Tissues/toilet paper Red lid garbage bin
Toilets Waste management centre
Toner cartridges Take to post offices, Council's Waste Depot
Tools Bulky Waste Collection, Donate to charity, Garbage bin
Toys Red lid garbage bin, Donate to charity, Bulky Waste Collection
Tree trunks / stumps Waste management centre
Tyres and wheels Waste management centre

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V

Vacuum cleaner dust Compost bin or worm farm, Red lid garbage bin (bagged)
Video tapes Donate to charity, Recycling Near You, Red lid garbage bin
Vinyl Red lid garbage bin

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W

 
Washing machines Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection, scrap metal recycler
Waxed cardboard Red lid garbage bin
Wheel barrows Donate to charity, Waste management centre, Bulky Waste Collection
White goods Waste 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
Wire Red lid garbage bin, Bulky Waste Collection

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X

Xrays Recycling Near YouRed lid garbage bin

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