Knowing which items belong in which bin helps you get the most of your waste services. Use your red-lidded waste bin to dispose of items you can’t reuse, recycle or compost, and your yellow-lidded recycling bin for paper and cardboard, bottles and jars, plastic containers, steel and aluminium cans and foil.

Keeping other items out of your recycling bin prevents contamination, ensuring material can be recycled into new products and reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill.

General Waste

What can I put in my general waste bin?

Use your general waste bin (red or dark green lid) to dispose of items you can’t reuse, recycle or compost:

  • broken crockery and ceramics (wrapped in paper)
  • broken window glass, drinking glass and glass food storage containers
  • food scraps and garden scraps (if you can’t compost)
  • cling wrap
  • lids/caps (from plastic bottles)
  • meat and bones
  • nappies
  • sanitary items
  • soiled paper
  • used paper towel and tissues.

What can't I put in my general waste bin?

The following materials are not accepted in your waste or recycling bin:

  • cooking oil
  • chemicals or liquids
  • gas cylinders
  • syringes.

For disposal options, view the Resource Recovery Centre page.

Syringe container services can be requested via ASSIST on 03 9209 6777.


Do not bag your recycling. Bagged recycling materials can't be opened at the sorting facility due to health risks, and so ends up in the landfill.

Place empty items loose in your recycling bin, and flatten boxes before placing them into the bin. The contents of your bin will be transported to a material recovery facility for sorting and recycling.

Australasian Recycling Label

The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) provides easy-to-understand recycling information to make it easier for you to put the right packaging in the right bin. It removes confusion, saves time and reduces waste going to landfill. Look for the label on supermarket product packaging to help you correctly dispose of every part of a product’s packaging.

Learn more about the ARL and how to interpret labels on the Planet Ark website.

What goes in my recycling bin

Recycling contamination

Other materials

To find out what to do with materials that can't go in your household bins, check out the A to Z waste and recycling guide.

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