How you can help - recycling tips

Everybody is making a great effort to recycle their waste but sometimes it's not clear what can and cannot be recycled. Please see the guidelines below to help you sort your recycling correctly.


  • Do not put plastic bags and soft plastic packaging or wrap in the yellow lid recycling bin. These soft plastics get caught in machinery at the sorting facility
  • In addition to plastics, do not put the following items in your yellow lid recycling bin.
    • toys
    • garden waste
    • nappies
    • clothes
    • food waste
    • polystyrene foam
  • Other than bottles and jars, do not dispose of glass (reading glasses, Pyrex, drinking glasses, windows, mirrors etc) in the yellow lid recycling bin. These other types of glass are created at different temperatures and may have additives and will ultimately lead to contamination.
  • Do not put items to be recycled in a plastic bag before putting it in the yellow lid recycling bin. Plastic bags get caught in machinery at the sorting facility.
  • Do not put any items that you have doubts about whether it is recyclable in your yellow lid recycling bin. Put it in your red lid garbage bin. Putting the wrong thing in the wrong bin can ruin your recycling efforts.


  • Do recycle your plastic bags at the Community Recycling Centre at 29 Sefton Road, Thornleigh. You can also take them back to your local supermarket and placed in dedicated plastic bag recycling bins.
  • Do dispose of plastic containers from the kitchen, bathroom or laundry in the yellow lid recycling bin.
  • Do dispose of glass bottles and jars (lids removed) in the yellow lid recycling bin. The colour of the glass bottles and jars (clear, brown, etc.) doesn’t matter.
  • Do dispose of aerosol (spray) cans in the yellow lid recycling bin. They are a great source of steel. Please ensure they are empty.
  • Do ensure that items that go into your yellow lid recycling bin loose, never in a plastic bag please. When items are placed loosely in the bin they are able to be easily sorted at the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).

What can go into my yellow lid recycling bin?

For a full list of what can be accepted in your yellow lid recycling bin, please refer to the What can I put in my bins? page.

Single Use Plastics

Plastic is life-threatening to marine life.

Our oceans are drowning in marine litter and up to 90 per cent of marine litter is made up of plastics that originate from sources on both land and sea. This makes plastic pollution one of the most widespread and devastating problems facing our planet today. Globally, it is estimated that eight million items enter the oceans each day and that 6.4 million tonnes of litter enters the oceans each year.

Did you know?

Natural resources such as coal, natural gas and crude oil are used to make plastics. By reducing and recycling plastics we can save natural resources for future generations.

Five easy tips on how to reduce single-use plastics
  • Bring your own reusable coffee cup or sit and enjoy a real cup
  • Refuse plastic straws, and either use paper straws or BYO reusable straw
  • Fill a reusable bottle from the tap instead of buying bottled water
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bag
  • Buy food without single-use plastic containers and cutlery
Single-Use Plastics and Food Waste at Hornsby Farmers Market and Community Events Report

The Single-Use Plastics and Food Waste at Hornsby Farmers Market and Community Events report was developed in collaboration with Sydney University during mid-2019. The report provides qualitative data and a series of recommendations that will assist Council to develop a sound policy response to the issues posed by single-use plastics in event management.

Following on from the findings of this research, and as a result of planned activities in the draft Waste Matters Strategy (2019/22) and a Council Notice of Motion on 24 July 2019 (NOM8/19), a draft Single-Use Plastics Policy (Council operations and events) is currently under development.

Recycling Tours

Join our Waste team on a recycling tour of the Visy Materials Recovery Facility, free for Hornsby Shire residents. For more information email or phone the Waste Hotline on 13 70 30.

Visit the Planet Ark website to learn more about National Recycling Week. For more information on how to dispose of your waste see our A-Z waste and recycling guide.

Waste Matters

View the Waste Strategy

Waste and Recycling Videos

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