Your Red Bin

Your red lidded bin is collected fortnightly and is for waste that cannot be recycled or reused. Materials placed in the red-lidded bin are ultimately destined for landfill. With landfill space rapidly diminishing on a local and world wide scale, it is everybody’s responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle as much waste as possible.

Before placing waste in the red-lidded bin you should first check to see whether the materials can be recycled, reused, composted or reprocessed as organic matter.

As a general rule, most of the waste that cannot go into either your yellow lidded recycling bin or your green lidded organics bin, will go in your red lidded garbage bin. There are some excpetions such as builders waste, hazardous materials, chemicals, car tyres and a few other items listed below.

Acceptable items in your red bin:

  • Plastic bags and other non-recyclable plastics (NOTE: Check with your local supermarket as selected stores now have a drop-off point for 'soft plastics' such as plastic bags, empty bread bags, frozen food bags etc. These soft plastics are then collected and recycled into useful items such as outdoor furniture and signage.)
  • Foam trays and polystyrene, including meat trays
  • Pyrex, ceramics or pottery
  • Broken drinking glasses
  • Broken toys
  • Nappies 
  • Clothes, rags and shoes - acceptable but always try to donate or give away items in good condition

Unacceptable items in your red bin:

The following items cannot be placed in your red-lidded bin. Visit our A-Z Waste and Recycling list for information on how to correctly dispose of these items. If you don't find the answers you need there, call 1800 265 495 or email

  • Gas bottles or fire extinguishers
  • Hazardous items and substances such as car batteries, printer and toner cartridges paints, medical waste, chemicals including herbicides and pesticides (These items can be dropped off at your local Community Recycling Centre free of charge)
  • Medical waste - ie syringes
  • Building waste, including asbestos and bricks
  • Motor oil
  • Soil
  • Car parts, including tyres

Overweight or Overfull Bins

Overweight bins will not be emptied. Our trucks can only lift a maximum of 80kg in wheelie bins. Please avoid filling your bin with excessive quantities of heavy materials.

Overfull bins can result in spillage and difficulty of collection. Please ensure that your bin's lid can close properly as we are unable to empty overfull bins.


What happens to your garbage?

Check out this YouTube video to see how your garbage is treated, resulting in reduced waste to landfill.

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NSW 2450 Australia

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