Your yellow lidded recycling bin is for the collection of material that can be recovered and remade into useful products.

Generally the majority of household waste is recyclable, however many people do not realise quite how much can be recycled.

What goes in the recycling bin?   What doesn't go in the recycling bin?
 Paper & cardboard    Waxed cardboard
 Rigid plastic containers & bottles with recycling codes 1-7    Hard plastic such as broken toys
 Glass bottles and jars    Window glass and drinking glass
 Aluminium and steel cans    Gas cylinders
 Aerosol cans    Electronics
 Foil containers    Batteries & car parts
 Phone books    Polystyrene
 Newspapers & magazines    Plastic Bags
 Plastic plant pots    Computers
 Shampoo bottles    Crockery & tableware
 Biscuit trays    Rope, string and wire
     Clothing, shoes & fabric

What happens to my recycling?

Once the recycling truck collects your bin, it takes its load to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). MRFs sort the load into various ‘streams’:

  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Plastics (Codes 1 to 7)

These streams are baled up and sent to recycling facilities where they get turned into new products.

Confused by the triangle symbol?

Don't be tricked! A triangle with a number (1 to 7) inside stamped on a plastic container or bottle is part of the Resin Identification Code.

This code identifies the type of resin the plastic product is made from, not whether it can be recycled. Hard plastics coded 1–7 can be recycled in the yellow lidded recycling bin except for polystyrene and plastic bags. People often confuse the 'resin identification code' for the general recycling symbol (mobius loop), which involves three chasing arrows.

A TO Z Recycling Guide
A TO Z Recycling Guide

Use the A to Z guide to quickly find out what you should place in your kerbside recycling bin. Click here for your A to Z Recycling Guide.

Don’t forget these points:

  • All containers must be empty
  • No need to rinse, just scrape clean
  • No hazardous chemical containers
  • Keep recycling loose – no plastic bags

Download the A-Z Guide to Recycling


Top items that confuse people

Plastic bags

Recycle by taking them to a plastic bag collection bin at your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket.

A better option is to carry a reusable bag to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.


Recyclable when scrunched in a ball larger than a golf ball, which allows the foil to be sorted correctly. Aluminium is almost indefinitely recyclable.

Soft plastics (plastic wrappers, cling wrap)

Any soft plastic that can be scrunched into a ball can be recycled along with your plastic bags at your local supermarket. Buying products without excess plastic packaging or using reusable containers will help to reduce plastic waste.

Coffee cups

In most areas of Victoria the hard plastic lid can be recycled but the coffee cup itself should be put in the rubbish bin. Most cups are a mix of plastic and paper and only a few councils in Victoria can currently collect them for recycling. Coffee cups are accepted in the recycling bin in Wangaratta but if travelling elsewhere this may not be the case so check with council or better still, take a reusable cup! 

Recycling at the Transfer Station

There are many items that can be recycled but will not fit or should not go in your yellow lidded recycling bin. For example, old televisions, car batteries, fridges and other white goods can all be recycled. Sometimes you may even have large cardboard boxes that will not fit in your yellow bin. All these items can be recycled at the transfer station. Some fees may apply. For further details on Transfer Stations please click here.


PDFA-Z Guide to Recycling (1260 KB)