Recycling Bin


What can be recycled? 

  • Recycling Rules for your yellow bin
  • milk and juice containers
  • paper and cardboard
  • ALL glass and crockery
  • ALL plastic containers
  • plastic bags and soft plastics bagged
  • white polystyrene bagged
  • aluminium cans, clean foil, steel cans, aerosol spray cans and dry paint tins
  • hard plastics such as children's toys and plastic tableware
  • small plastics such as bread tags and straws bagged
  • resource recovery collection satchels

Resource Recovery Satchels

Place these items in your resource recovery collection satchel and then put in your recycling bin:

  • household batteries
  • small electronics such as cameras, iPods, calculators, mobile phones and accessories
  • reading glasses
  • printer cartridges
  • CDs and DVDs
  • X-rays
  • wine corks

These free satchels are available for collection from customer service outlets such as the Libraries, the Waste Centre, Council Customer Service Centre and Council Community Facilities. 

In June 2017, every urban household within the shire received a recovery satchel in their mailbox. This was part of a campaign to boost recyling and give our shire's waste a second chance! 

Media release - Give your waste a second chance - 8 June 2017

What cannot be recycled?

  • scrap metal and appliances
  • garden organics, foodscraps and food-soiled cardboard (these go in the green organics bin)
  • string, rope and electrical cable






Where does it go?

Currently all our recycling goes to Lismore Materials Recovery Facility, Wyrallah Road, Lismore (MRF). This is what happens:

  1. Recycling Pile Firstly the recycling trucks dump all their contents onto the floor of the facility.
  2. Manually Sorted Six workers ‘negatively’ sort the recycling, taking out contaminants that do not go through the machine.
  3. Machine Separates The recyclable materials then travel though the machine getting sorted from each other. Firstly the paper and cardboard are removed as they are the lightest substances. The glass gets crushed and falls into a separate area. Magnets are used to separate the metal from the hard plastics. An optical sorter is then programmed to separate the aluminium from the steel.
  4. Materials Separate The materials are sorted into different piles ready to be baled.
  5. Bailing Separated materials are bailed and sent to various buyers either domestically or internationally where they are turned into other products for reuse.

Recycle More

Recycling Mythbusters

Let’s bust those common recycling myths once and for all and make sure EVERYONE knows how easy it is to recycle these days:

Recycling wastes water because I have to wash and rinse out all my containers before recycling them.

There is no need to wash out your containers or bottles. Just get rid of any leftover food/drink (compost or green bin it preferably) and place loose in your recycling bin. If you want to be a water-saver, recycling is a major way of doing so. For example, making paper from recycled fibre uses half the energy and 90% less water than manufacturing paper from virgin pulp.

Lids and labels are way too much work for me to remove
There is no need to remove lids or labels anymore. New recycling technology means that these will be removed in the recycling process. So now it’s super easy to be a super recycler.
All of our recycling goes to landfill anyway, I saw it on the TV….
NO WAY! It costs Council more money to bury waste than to recycle it so it just would not make any financial sense to do that in our region. There may have been instances in the past where a waste contractor illegally dumped recycling, but with new state government legislation in place those instances are a thing of the past.


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