Your Yellow Bin

Do you recycle at home and work? By recycling effectively you save money, carbon emissions and you contribute to a sustainable society and future.

Each person on the Coffs Coast generates approximately 1 tonne of rubbish every year. Of this, up to 40% is recyclable.

The following items can be placed in your yellow-lidded recycling bin:

  • Aluminium foil and cans
  • Clean paper and cardboard
  • Milk and Juice cartons including tetrapacks
  • Glass bottles and jars such as beer and wine bottles, jam and vegemite jars etc. 
  • Steel food cans and lids; such as baked beans, dog food etc.
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic containers - we call it rigid plastic, but just check to see if it's got a recycle symbol and a number 1 to 7. (NOTE: some plastic bags are stamped with a recycle symbol 1-5. However, no plastic bags are acceptable in your yellow bin.)

The following items cannot be placed in your yellow-lidded recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags or wrappers such as cling wrap or chips/biscuit packets. (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.)
  • Meat trays, unless they have the recycle symbol and number 1-7 on them.
  • Styrofoam or polystyrene.
  • Non recyclable plastics such as clothes baskets, buckets, hoses
  • Disposable nappies
  • Clothing / fabrics / ropes
  • Drinking glasses, pyrex or crockery

These items can be dropped off at your local Community Recycling Centre for FREE:

  • Gas bottles, fire extinguishers and smoke alarms
  • Chemicals
  • Full aerosol cans
  • Motor oil, cooking oil
  • Light globes
  • Paint
  • Household, car and boat batteries
  • Electronic waste 

CRCs are located at Coffs Harbour (Englands Road), Raleigh (Short Cut Road) and Nambucca Heads (Old Coast Road) waste facilities.

Visit our A-Z Waste and Recycling List for more information on how to dispose of items not accepted in your bins. If you don't find the answers you need there, call us on 1800 265 495 or email us.

What if your recycling bin fills up before collection day?

If you find yourself with more recycling than you can fit in your standard 240 ltr bin, you do have some options;

  • Get a bigger bin - we can provide you with a 360ltr bin for an annual fee
  • Get a second bin - an additional 240ltr bin is available to you for an annual fee (contact us at and we will email you an application form)
  • Crush all your cardboard and plastic containers
  • Crush aluminium cans
  • Place your small paper waste (ie - envelopes, letters, flyers etc) into a cardboard box and crush it
  • Look for items in the supermarket with less packaging
  • Visit a FREE recycling drop off point

What happens to your recyclables?

Check out this YouTube video showing how your recyclables are processed at the Materials Recovery Facility.

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25 Englands Road, Coffs Harbour

NSW 2450 Australia

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