It is important to maximize your two bin system and recycle where possible by using your yellow lidded recycling bin. Unfortunately, there are some items not recyclable through your yellow lidded bin these type of items need to go into your red lidded general waste bin.
Although there are items that are required to go into your red lidded general waste bin, did you know that there are now some alternatives. By opting to use these alternatives, it is your way of contributing to look after the environment and Halving our Waste by 2020.
What Can Go in the
Red Lidded Bin?
- Plastic bags*
- Plastic wrap*
- Soft Plastics*
- Food waste^
- Garden waste^
- Waxed cardboard
- Broken crockery or glasses
- Foam, styrofoam trays
- Broken toys
- Clothing or shoes*
- Feminine products
- Coffee cups
- Timber offcuts*
What Can’t Go in the
Red Lidded Bin?
- Recyclable items e.g. paper, cardboard, hard plastics
- Chemicals, hazardous waste
- Paint, oil
- Gas cylinders
- Car parts
- Computer parts and e-waste
- Printers, printer cartridges
- Syringes, medical waste
- Building materials
- Scrap metal
- Fluorescent lights
Looking for an alternative to using your red lidded general waste bin, did you know that the items listed above with an * asterisk can be dropped off at your local recycle/transfer centre or alternatives, such as REDcycle for soft plastic waste.
The REDcycle Program makes it easy for consumers to keep plastic bags and soft plastic packaging out of landfill. For a comprehensive list of the what is accepted at REDcycle visit their website HERE.
^You can remove your organic material (food scraps and green waste) by composting or feeding your food scraps to your chickens- they will repay you with eggs! To find out more about composting- download the factsheet HERE
How Can I Reduce My Household Waste?
Here are a few tips to help you avoid waste:
Soft plastics can be recycled at your local Coles Supermarket through a program called REDcycle. Locations can be found HERE.
Some household items are not suitable to be placed into your kerbside bins and instead require special treatment for disposal, so rather than have them clog up your home, shed or garage, simply take them to your nearest waste transfer station/recycling centre.
Many of the items listed can be dropped off at your local Recycle Centre/Transfer Station.
Find your nearest Transfer Station or Recycling Centre HERE.
Donate your pre-loved clothes to charity – as long as they are in good condition!
Put a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker on your letterbox.
Receive bills and correspondence via email rather than post.
Dilute your strong household cleaners with some water to make them last longer.