What goes in my yellow recycle bin?

The yellow recycling bin is for the disposal of clean recyclables, being plastic packaging, paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, non-food grade white polystyrene and clean metal cans and tins.

If you are not sure about an item, check the Orange Pages or contact your local Council for more information.

Clean Recycling Only

A collection of plastic bottles

Plastic bottles, clear and coloured from around the home

  • Drink bottles, e.g. juice, milk, soda, fizzy drink
  • Cleaning products
  • Personal care bottles e.g. shampoo, shower gel
  • Ready to use plant food

How to prepare:

  • Empty
  • Clean and dry
  • Lids, caps, bottle neck rings, film lids, pumps and triggers removed and placed in red rubbish bin
  • Do not flattened

Plastic containers and plastic bags

Plastic containers, pots, tubs, trays and soft plastics

  • Jars e.g. peanut butter, mayo
  • Punnets e.g. fruit, vegetable, cake packaging
  • Meat and biscuit trays
  • Bags e.g. freezer bags, bread bags, coal sacks, shopping bags
  • Containers and Tubs e.g. margarine, ice-cream, yoghurt, takeaway containers
  • Strapping tape

How to prepare:

  • Clean and dry
  • Lids removed and placed in rubbish bin
  • Containers not to be flattened
Metal cans and tins

Metal cans and tins

  • Drink cans
  • Food cans
  • Aerosols from kitchen, bathroom, laundry only
  • Aluminium rigid and semi-rigid packaging
  • Aluminium foil

How to prepare:

  • Empty
  • Clean and dry
  • Loose tabs, laminated foil, metal lids, tubes to be removed and placed in red rubbish bin
  • Foil to be free of food, and small pieces molded into a ball the size of a tennis ball.
polystyrene blocks

Non-food grade white polystyrene

How to prepare:
  • Broken into A3 sized pieces

We cannot accept the below materials in your home yellow recycling bin:

  • Foam or packaging chips/shells/beads
  • Furniture foam/padding
  • Mattresses
  • Styrofoam
  • Foam Meat trays (soft polystyrene)
Paper and cardboard

Paper

  • Newspapers and supplements
  • Magazines, brochures and catalogues
  • White paper e.g. office, letters
  • Telephone directories
  • Leaflets and flyers
  • Envelopes (including window)
  • Brown paper
  • Wrapping paper (excluding shiny, plastic foil wrapping)
  • Fibre stationary
How to prepare:
  • Clean and flattened
a cardboard box

Cardboard

  • Boxes e.g. corrugated boxes, tissue boxes, toothpaste boxes
  • Breakfast cereal boxes
  • Sheets of cardboard
  • Egg cartons
  • Pizza boxes
  • Rolls e.g. toilet paper, paper towel

How to prepare:

  • Empty and clean
  • Free of food
  • Flattened

glass bottles and jars

Glass food and beverage packaging from around the home

  • Bottles e.g. drink, wine, beer, spirits, olive oil
  • Jars e.g. sauce, jam, baby food, peanut butter

How to prepare:

  • Empty
  • Clean and dry
  • Lids removed and placed in red rubbish bin.