What can be recycled in the yellow lid bin
What can’t be recycled in the yellow lid bin
What happens next
Community Recycling Centres
Domestic kerbside recycling in the Shoalhaven is a fortnightly service. Your recycling bin is picked up on the same day as your garbage bin.
Check the calendar below for your collection schedule and page 2 will display suburbs in Area 1 and Area 2.
Go to My property details to enter your address and see what day your garbage is collected
Recycling Calendar (PDF 596KB)
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What can be recycled in the yellow lid kerbside bin
Many household items can be recycled through the yellow lid kerbside recycling bin including:
- Newspapers, magazines, advertising leaflets & envelopes
- Flattened cardboard & cardboard boxes
- All rigid plastic bottles & containers e.g drink bottles, milk bottles, margarine & ice cream containers, shampoo & detergent bottles
- Milk and juice cartons
- Glass bottles and jars (all colours)
- Aluminium cans
- Steel cans e.g baked bean tins, pet food cans etc
- Aerosol cans - just take the spray nozzle off
Note: Please rinse your recyclables with leftover dishwashing or sink water, NOT fresh water
A word on lids: lids from plastic bottles can either:
1. remain on the squashed* bottle and be placed in the yellow lid recycling bin or
2. be removed and then the lids be placed in the red lid garbage bin.
*Why squashed? Bottles can get crushed in the back of the truck and the lids pop off. As the lids are too small to be individually captured in the sorting process, they are lost to landfill. If the bottle is already squashed, the lid remains on the bottle and gets recycled.
Lids on pump pack bottles are a mixture of plastics and metal and therefore cannot be recycled in the yellow bin. Please put these lids in the red lid bin
Metal lids from glass jars can be removed from the jars and placed loosely in the recycling bin. The powerful magnet used in the sorting process will capture those metal lids for recycling.
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You cannot put organic garden waste in your recycling bin, or items listed below:
- Window glass, mirrors, drinking glasses - For example wine glasses and tumblers. These are made from toughened glass and contaminate or interfere with the recycling process.
- Batteries, computers, electriconic waste - do NOT belong in the yellow lid bin. These can all be dropped off for recycling at no charge at the Community Recycling Centres located at all Council Recycling and Waste Depots
- Light bulbs - Light bulbs contain many materials other than glass and separation of all these materials for recycling via kerbside is not viable. Light bulbs and flourescent tubes are accepted for disposal, at no charge at the Community Recycling Centres located at all Council Recycling and Waste Depots
- Food contaminated paper/cardboard - e.g. Pizza cartons. They have food waste and oils on them and contaminate or interfere with the recycling process.
- Plastic bags and other soft plastics- Local supermarkets have recycling bins for plastic checkout bags and soft plastics. These soft plastics are recycled by a company called Redcycle. It is not economically viable to recycle plastic bags through a combined kerbside recycling system such as ours. Plastic bags often contain material that contaminates the recycling process e.g. food waste, shopping dockets etc. People also mistakenly put recyclables into plastic bags then put it in the recycling bin. Recyclable material is hand sorted over a conveyor belt, and there is no time or opportunity for the sorters to open and sort through bags. Plastic bags can get caught up in the sorting machinery & cause blockages & breakdowns. For information on Redcycle and a full list of soft plastics that can be dropped off to the supermarkets, please visit the Redcycle website.
- Paint tins and motor oil cans - Paint tins and motor oil cans are rarely clean and any residue interferes with the recycling process. NOTE: Motor oils can be taken to the Recycling and Waste depots, at no charge, all year round for recycling. Paint is accepted at Community Recycling Centres and Household Chemical Cleanout events - refer to Special programs for further information.
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Recyclables collected from the kerbside bins in the Shoalhaven are taken to the Materials Recovery Facility in Bomaderry. The trucks are emptied and the recyclable material passes over a series of conveyor belts where all the different material types are separated. This sorting process is mostly done by hand! Separated materials are baled and sent on to re-processing facilities all around the country to become new products.
Old newspapers are recycled into things like cardboard, kitty litter, house insulation and egg cartons. Steel cans are recycled into new steel cans.
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- NEVER use fresh water to rinse recyclables, just use leftover dishwashing or sink water.
- Make sure paper and cardboard isn't contaminated with food, metals, glass or plastic. TIP - the paper not recycled can be used for lots of things around the house. For example: wrapping food scraps, and making compost and mulch.
- Don’t put waxed cardboard cartons e.g. boxes often used for transporting fruit/veg, or plastic coated paper bags e.g. cereal bags, in your recycling bins.
- Crush your cans to save on space in your recycling bin. Make sure there are no foreign objects such as stones in the cans as these can interfere with the recycling process.
- All steel cans are recyclable - even aerosols, food & oil cans, sardine cans and baby food cans. If you’re not sure whether it's a steel can, check it with a fridge magnet as steel is magnetic!
- No plastic shopping bags - they interfere with the recycling process and should be avoided! Supermarkets like Coles and Woolies collect used plastic bags along with a lot of other "soft plastics" for recycling with a company called Redcycle. Visit the Redcycle website to find a complete list of soft plastics accepted at the supemarket drop-off bins.
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