Which Bin Tips

Need to know 'which bin' and more importantly, why? Our handy and simple tips will help you get the most out of your recycling efforts.

Remember to recycle this festive season

This festive season (and always), be mindful of what materials you’re throwing away – it’s likely a lot of ...

Ways to waste less

1. Avoid and reduceThe best way to waste less is to avoid or reduce it from the get-go.Take some time to conside...

10 common yellow bin contaminants

Placing landfill and organic waste items in your yellow recycling bin can contaminate the valuable recycling mat...

Always keep your recyclables loose

When placing items in your recycling bin, keep them loose and free of plastic bags.When a bag of recyclables arr...

What happens with green bin materials?

Once collected from your kerbside, your food and garden organics are taken to a local composting facility. In So...

Always in the green bin: coffee grounds, tea bags and loose tea leaves

Coffee grounds, tea bags and loose tea leaves can go into your green bin, or your home compost bin.Coffee ground...

Always in the green bin: cold ash and charcoal

Having a fire to keep you nice and toasty this winter? Ashes and charcoal can go into your green bin, but only o...

Always in the green bin: shredded paper and sticky notes

Shredded paper, sticky notes and other small pieces of paper can go in your green bin.Paper provides a great sou...

Always in the yellow bin: aluminium foil

Aluminium foil can be recycled by scrunching it up into a ball the size of a tennis ball and placing it into you...

Always in the yellow bin: metal cans and lids

Cans, like the ones peas and corn come in, can be rinsed and placed in your recycling bin.To recycle the metal l...

Always in the yellow bin: (mostly) clean plastic food containers

Plastic food containers and bottles, like ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, butter and margarine tubs, sauce bottles...

Always in the yellow bin: plastic trays and pots

Plastic pots and trays that new seedlings and trees come in can be recycled by emptying out the soil, giving the...

Always in the yellow bin: small hard plastics

Small hard plastics, like bottle tops and bread tags, can be safely recycled by collecting them in a clear plast...

Drop it off: batteries

Batteries can’t go in your yellow bin, but they can be recycled by taking them to a free drop-off point.B-cycle ...

Drop it off: building materials

In some cases, building materials such as bricks, tiles, cement and wire can be recycled by taking them to your ...

Drop it off: electronic waste

Electronic waste, like TVs, phones, computers and cables, can be recycled – just not through your yellow bin.If ...

Drop it off: household chemicals and paint

Household chemicals and paint don’t belong in any of your kerbside bins. If you have leftover products that...

Drop it off: light globes

You can recycle light globes through the Backlight program by dropping them off at participating Mitre 10, True ...

Drop it off: polystyrene

Expanded polystyrene (EPS), also known as Styrofoam, is used to produce items like meat trays and foam packaging...

Drop it off: textiles, clothing and footwear

Textiles, clothing and footwear can’t be recycled through your yellow or green bin. This includes items made fro...

What happens with yellow bin materials?

Once collected from the kerbside, your yellow bin materials are taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), wh...

Always in the green bin: cardboard egg cartons

Cardboard egg cartons can be composted through your green bin.Egg cartons are made from recycled, low-grade pape...

Always in the green bin: garden organics

Anything that grows in your garden can go in your green bin – that includes flowers, weeds, lawn clippings, leav...

Always in the green bin: greasy pizza boxes and other takeaway packaging

Pizza boxes – especially when they’re greasy and have cheese or other food stuck to them – are great in your gre...

Always in the green bin: nail clippings, hair and pet fur

Nail clippings and hair from both humans and pets can go in the green bin – following the general rule, ‘if it g...

Always in the green bin: pencil and other wood shavings

Pencil and other wood shavings, like sawdust, can go in your green bin.If you have your own composting system se...

Always in the green bin: pet waste

Pet waste can in fact be composted through your green bin.You may say ‘ewww’ to pet poo, but rest assured the co...

Using your kitchen caddy and green bin

All food scraps, tissues, paper towel, shredded paper, and more can be composted through your green bin.If you’r...

Always in the landfill bin: some glass products

While whole glass bottles and jars can be placed in your yellow recycling bin, other glass products such as wind...

Always in the landfill bin: broken glass

While whole, unbroken glass bottles and jars can be placed in your yellow recycling bin, any broken glass needs ...

Always in the green bin: all food scraps – but not the packaging

All food scraps, including citrus, onion, dairy, meat, bones, fish, fruit and vegetables, need to be recycled th...

Always in the landfill bin: nappies

Nappies, clean or dirty, must always be placed in your red/blue landfill bin.In South Australia, there are curre...

Always in the landfill bin: old garden tools and materials

Old garden tools and other materials such as hoses, irrigation pipe, rope and strapping that can no longer be us...

Always in the landfill bin: crockery

Ceramic plates, bowls, mugs, saucers, pots, and dishes made from earthenware or china must be placed in your red...

Christmas which list – naughty or nice?

Use Vin’s handy lists for wanted ‘nice’ and unwanted ‘naughty’ bin choices over the festive season.NicePutting f...

Five ways to go plastic free for July – and beyond

Plastic Free July is a global movement that challenges participants to avoid using single-use plastics wher...

Compostable, degradable and biodegradable plastic: what’s the difference?

CompostableCompostable bags are made of natural plant starch, and do not produce any toxic material. They b...

What do the numbers on plastics really mean?

The numbers 1 to 7 found on plastics is not a recycling symbol, but rather a plastic or resin identificatio...

Tips to avoid food waste this festive season

For many, the festive season is a time when we prepare and eat lots of delicious food, but the unfortunate real...