Recycling bin


This bin is for recyclable items. Rinse out all containers (no food bits please!). 

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The following materials are permitted to be put in your recycling bin:

  • green-tick.png All rigid disposable plastic containers from the kitchen, bathroom and laundry*
  • green-tick.png Glass bottles and jars** that are clear, brown or green
  • green-tick.png Aluminium cans
  • green-tick.png Steel cans
  • green-tick.png Milk cartons, Tetra Paks, and Poppers
  • green-tick.png Aerosol cans
  • green-tick.png Paper, newspapers, magazines
  • green-tick.png Cardboard

* If the plastic items can easily be squashed in your hand (i.e. plastic film and chip packet wrappers) they cannot be recycled through the yellow-lid recycling bin.

**Jar lids can be recycled (they are large enough to be captured). Remove them from the jars and put them into the recycling bin separately.

The following materials are NOT to be put in your recycling bin:

  • red-cross.png Plastic bags and plastic wrap
  • red-cross.png Window or mirror glass
  • red-cross.png Plastic toys
  • red-cross.png Crockery or porcelain (plates and mugs)
  • red-cross.png Coffee cups and lids
  • red-cross.png Drinking glasses
  • red-cross.png Light bulbs
  • red-cross.png Pizza boxes (unless clean)
  • red-cross.png Meat trays
  • red-cross.png Foam or Styrofoam
  • red-cross.png Bubble wrap
  • red-cross.png Wax-coated fruit boxes
  • red-cross.png Paint tins

More information on how to recycle tricky items can be found in the A-Z of Recycling.

Weight limit: 80Kg

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Where does this waste go?

Recycling saves landfill space, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves energy and saves water. The contents of Council's recycling bins are first taken to Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre in Ingleside, then loaded onto semi-trailers and sent to iQRenew's materials recovery facility for sorting and further processing into new products. 

Watch the Planet Ark video below to find out how items are separated and processed for recycling:


Recycling has real benefits – on average, Willoughby residents' recycling annually saves:

  • 140 million litres of water - enough to fill 56 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • Enough energy to power 655 homes
  • 4,264 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions - equivalent to removing 1,024 cars off our roads
  • 23,400 cubic metres of landfill

Figures based on Willoughby City Council's annual recycling tonnages using Visy's Environmental Benefits of Recycling Calculator

Unfortunately, not everything can successfully be recycled. The diagram below explains how items are processed so they can be turned into new products, and why some things can’t be recycled.

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