What goes in your bins

Select your bin from the list below for more information.

Grey recycling bin

Your grey bin must be out for collection by 7am and be marked with your house number.

Help people with visual impairments by leaving your bin where it won't cause an obstruction - such as at the back edge of the pavement closest to your property.

The grey recycling bin is collected fortnightly - find your collection day. Use it for:


  • newspaper and magazines
  • catalogues and brochures
  • phone directories and Yellow Pages
  • office grade paper and loose shredded paper
  • envelopes
  • paper bags and wrapping paper
  • paper-backed books and posters


  • any type of clean card and cardboard
  • food and drinks cartons
  • greetings cards

Cans (rinsed)

  • all food and drinks cans
  • biscuit tins and empty aerosol cans 
  • foil food trays
  • metal lids


  • all types of plastic bottles - lids removed
  • all clean plastic food containers – including yoghurt pots, food trays, ice cream or margarine tubs, fruit punnets
  • plastic plant pots
  • plastic bottle lids - removed from bottles


  • bottles and jars
  • broken bottles and jars

Do not put the following materials in the grey bin. They should go in your purple general waste bin:


  • food contaminated paper
  • pet used paper
  • plasticised metallic wrapping paper. To check, do the scrunch test - if the wrapping springs back when scrunched up then it's plastic and should go in your purple bin


  • food contaminated card
  • paint covered card

Buckets, oil or paint cans

Medical waste (see your healthcare provider about proper disposal of sharps)


  • any plastic bags
  • rigid plastics – such as buckets, pipes, toys
  • foam polystyrene packaging
  • bubble wrap or cling film
  • pet food or juice pouches


  • window glass or mirrors
  • Pyrex, ceramics, tableware

Do not put the following materials in the grey bin. They should be taken to a recycling centre:

  • metal (non food and drink)
  • electrical appliances
  • wood
  • textiles

Please do not put any items in a plastic bag before putting them in the grey bin as plastic bags are viewed as a contaminant.

Please do not dispose of batteries in your household bins. They pose a fire risk and must be taken to a recycling centre where there are special bins for them.