Yellow lid bins
Council’s yellow lid recycling bins are available in all areas for houses, duplexes, businesses and rural residents.
Yellow bins are collected every 2 weeks. (Businesses can request weekly collection).
- Only items that can be recycled go in your yellow bin.
- Available in 140L, 240L and 360L sizes
Where does it go?
Recyclables are collected and sorted at a private facility in Chinderah.
Once squashed and baled (placed into cubes) materials are sent for further processing to be made into new items.
Plastic, paper, cardboard and metal are sent to different processors based on demand.
Our recyclables do not go to landfill.
Recycle Right is a campaign to boost local recycling and reduce contamination rates in the Northern Rivers.
The campaign offers tips for home recycling as well as workshops throughout the year and during National Recycling Week.
If we all do our bit, we can keep our resources coming 'round.
Tips for yellow bins
Buy in bulk and use reusable containers to avoid packaging.
- No plastic bags (don’t bag your recyclables).
- No soft plastics.
- No nappies.
- No food or dirty containers.
- No cords, rope or cables.
- Keep out soft plastics (even if it has a recycle symbol).
- Keep out small items (nothing smaller than a credit card).
Plastic bags get caught in sorting equipment and clog up machinery, which increases recycling costs.
Collection trucks are fitted with cameras. Bins with incorrect items will be tagged and left behind (and will only be collected once the contamination has been removed.)
Council’s bin inspector also checks bins and provides feedback to residents.
What goes in a yellow bin?
Bottles and jars
Medicine and vitamin bottles
(separate lids from bottles and jars, only place lids in yellow bin if larger than a credit card)
Butcher and deli paper
Newspapers and magazines
Berry and vegetable punnets
Butter and margarine containers
CD cases (no disc)
Food and cake trays
Hard plastic containers (no hazardous chemical containers)
Ice cream containers
Laundry and dishwashing detergent containers
Medicine and vitamin bottles
Plastic bowls and cups
Shampoo and hair product containers
Cardboard and cardboard boxes (not waxed)
Pizza boxes (no food)
Toilet paper rolls
Aluminium foil and trays
Foil lined cartons and long life cartons (juice, milk, stock)
Cans (food and drink)
Jar lids (if larger than a credit card)
Paint tins (remove paint)
Pet food cans
Pots, saucepans and frying pans (no glass lids)
What doesn't go in a yellow bin?
Keep these out of your yellow bin
Aerosol cans (including deodorant and hairspray)
Cling wrap and soft plastics
Coffee cups and lids
Fabric, clothing, shoes, doonas, pillows
Glass lids from pots, pans and Pyrex containers
Polystyrene, including meat trays
Rope, string, twine, wire, plastic strapping, cables
Shopping bags and supermarket bags
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