Yellow lid bins - recycling

Yellow lid recycling bins are available in all areas for houses, duplexes, businesses and rural residents. See what can go in your yellow bin.

Yellow bin sizes 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

To order a different size or ask any questions, call 02 6670 2400 or email

Where does it go?

Recyclables are collected and sorted at a private facility in Chinderah. Watch what happens behind the scenes at the recycling facility.

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. 

No plastic bags

Recycle Right

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

Cosmetic jars

Medicine and vitamin bottles

Wine bottles

(separate lids from bottles and jars, only place lids in yellow bin if larger than a credit card)


Advertising leaflets

Butcher and deli paper



Gift wrapping

Newspapers and magazines

Office paper

Paper bags

Phone books

Hard plastic

Berry and vegetable punnets

Butter and margarine containers

CD cases (no disc)

Cosmetic jars

Detergent bottles

Food and cake trays

Hard plastic containers (no hazardous chemical containers)

Ice cream containers

Laundry and dishwashing detergent containers

Medicine and vitamin bottles

Milk bottles

Old lunchboxes

Plant pots

Plastic bowls and cups

Shampoo and hair product containers

Take-away containers


Yoghurt containers


Cardboard and cardboard boxes (not waxed)

Cereal boxes

Egg cartons

Greeting cards

Juice cartons

Paper plates

Paper towel

Pizza boxes (no food)

Tetra packs

Tissue boxes

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)

Biscuit trays

Bottle tops

Building materials

Car parts

Cling wrap and soft plastics

Chip packets

Coffee cups and lids

Compostable bags

Confectionery wrappers

Disposable razors


Fabric, clothing, shoes, doonas, pillows

Foam packaging

Food scraps

Glass lids from pots, pans and Pyrex containers




Polystyrene, including meat trays

Rope, string, twine, wire, plastic strapping, cables

Scrap metal


Shopping bags and supermarket bags

Toothpaste tubes


Waxed boxes

Waste educational tours

To find out about tours, visits to Council facilities and DIY waste-wise programs, head to educational tours.