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All paper and cardboard, except ‘absorbable’ paper (eg. tissues, serviettes, paper towel) and waxed paper (eg. baking paper, coffee cups, paper ice-cream containers) can be recycled.

  • Minor contaminants are okay (eg. staples, little plastic, food residue).
  • Small scraps must be contained in larger items.

Can be recycled in yellow comingled recycling

  • Most plain paper and cardboard can be recycled. For example:
    • Office paper, newspaper, magazines
    • Cardboard food packaging, butchers/deli paper, egg cartons
    • Cardboard boxes, paper plates, toilet rolls
    • Greeting cards, envelopes (incl with plastic windows)
  • Pizza boxes (if food scraped off and not too greasy).
    • 97% of people can place pizza boxes in kerbside recycling
  • Milk and juice cartons, TETRA packs

Can be recycled with special handling

  • Shredded paper or paper scraps can be recycled if wrapped in other paper

Can’t be placed in yellow bin but can be recycled elsewhere

  • Tissues and serviettes (through compost)
  • Bound books (through used book stores and charity shops)
  • Padded envelopes and mail satchels (through TerraCycle)

Can’t be recycled

  • Heavily soiled paper
  • Waxed paper
    • eg. baking paper, coffee cups, paper ice cream containers
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All rigid plastics, including #1-7 (with lids removed from bottles/containers) can be recycled.

  • Food residues are okay (ie. no need to be washed).
  • Bottle lids.
  • No soft (scrunchable) plastics (eg. plastic packets, biscuit trays).
  • No foam, styrofoam or polystyrene.

Can be recycled in yellow comingled recycling

  • Plastic bottles (without lids) and plastic containers. For example:
    • Soft drink, milk and juice bottles
    • Squeeze bottles, detergent bottle
    • Take away containers, yogurt and butter containers
    • Ice-cream containers
  • All plastics with PET numbers 1 to 7
    • 84% of people can place #7 in kerbside
  • Other rigid plastics without a PET number

Can be recycled with special handling

  • Small plastic items can be recycled if placed inside plastic container. For example:
    • Bottle tops
    • Plastic lids
    • Soy sauce fish packets
  • Pump spray cleaning product bottles if spray pump removed and placed in bin
    • Pump sprays can also be recycled through TerraCycle (see below)

Can’t be placed in yellow bin but can be recycled elsewhere

Can’t be recycled

  • Degradeable, biodegradeable or compostable plastic bags
  • Polystyrene cups and containers
  • Foam meat trays (even if they have a recycle triangle on them)
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Glass jars and bottles of all colours (with lids removed) can be recycled.

  • No glassware, oven-proof glass, plate glass or lightbulbs.

Can be recycled in yellow comingled recycling

  • Glass jars and bottles (without lids) of all colours. For example:
    • Soft drink and alcohol bottles
    • Sauce bottles
    • Jam and condiment jars

Can’t be placed in yellow bin but can be recycled elsewhere

  • Light bulbs (through councils or Ikea)

Can’t be recycled

  • Glassware. For example:
    • Glasses, wine glasses
    • Glass jugs
  • Oven proof glass and pyrex dishware
  • Plate glass. For example:
    • Photo frames
    • Windows
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Metal+expand

All metal containers and household items can be recycled.

  • Small items like lids must be contained in larger items.

Can be recycled in yellow comingled recycling

  • Aluminium drink cans
  • Tinned food cans
  • Jar lids from glass jars
  • Foil trays
  • Empty aluminium and steel aerosol cans with plastic buttons removed. For example:
    • Deodorants
    • Insect spray

Can be recycled with special handling

  • Bottle tops and lids
    • Bottle tops and lids can be recycled if separated from bottle, and placed inside other metal objects
  • Foil (including easter egg wrappers)
    • Foil can be recycled if scrunched up into ball larger than golf ball or placed inside foil tray
    • 83% of people can place foil in kerbside recycling bins

Can be recycled elsewhere

  • Paint tins
    • Paint tins, with and without paints, can be recycled through council dropoff or Paintback
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