Recycling involves turning waste into new products.
Recycled plastics are made into things like fabrics, carpets and plastic bottles. Steel is often made into building products or car parts and glass can be recycled into new glass bottles. Recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours and recycling one tonne of paper saves 30,000 litres of water.
Yellow Lid Bins
Yellow lid bins are for recycling household items.
Ensure that all items are empty of food scraps and liquids prior to placing in the bin. Yellow lid bins are collected fortnightly by your local council. The following items can be placed in your bin for recycling:
- paper and cardboard;
- glass bottles and jars;
- steel and aluminum tins and cans;
- rigid plastics
Each regions collection services may vary slightly.Find your local council
Green Lid Bins
Green lid bins are for garden waste.
These bins are collected on the alternate week to the yellow lid bin. The garden waste is taken to a composting facility where it is processed into mulch and compost that can be used on parks, gardens and sporting fields. Items that can be placed in the green lid bin are:
- grass clippings
- all types of garden weeds.
Some councils offer a green waste drop off service or scheduled kerbside pick ups.Find your local council
Community Recycling Centres
Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) are drop off centres for common household problem wastes that are not accepted through kerbside collection services.
Only household quantities of these materials will be accepted; that is 20 litres or 20 kilograms of waste. The following problem wastes can be dropped off at CRC’s for free, all year round.
- gas bottles
- fire extinguishers
- motor oils
- other oils
- car batteries
- household batteries
- smoke detectors
- fluoro globes and tubes
All of these items can be taken to your Local Council waste transfer station.Find your Local Council
COMMUNITY RECYCLING STATIONS
Community Recycling Stations are located in Hunter Region Council Administration Buildings and libraries.
- household batteries;
- unbroken fluoro tubes and globes;
- mobile phones; and
- smoke detectors.