The red rubbish bin is collected every two weeks.

Soft plastics, such as shopping and food bags, must now go in your red rubbish bin

Red lid Rubbish bin

What goes in your red bin

The red bin is for all items – except hazardous items and chemicals.

This includes the following items which are not accepted in the green and yellow bins:

  • all shopping bags
  • soft plastics, including plastic film, wrap, strap, plastic bags, chip packets, biscuit packets. 
  • liquid cartons eg. coconut water cartons, juice cartons, almond and soy milk etc. This is because he lining that allows them to hold liquid is unable to be recycled like other cardboard products and our automated processing facility is unable to separate them
  • Damaged, leaking or rusty batteries 
  • compostable and bio-degradable bags and packaging. The majority of compostable bags available are not compostable at our organics processing plant because they don’t break down within the three-month processing time frame. Find out more about biodegradable and compostable products.

Check out other recycling schemes that Council are currently aware of.

What can't go in your red bin

  • no explosives and flammable material including gas bottles
  • no liquid chemicals
  • no household cleaners
  • no dry chemicals
  • no automotive products eg. car, boat or truck batteries
  • no paints and solvents
  • no dead animals or pets
  • no hot material such as ashes
  • no medical needles or sharp objects capable of puncturing the bin

Many of these household items can be taken to the EcoDrop(external link) or a transfer station for disposal. You can drop off some household chemicals and hazardous waste for free at an EcoDrop Recycling Centre.

How to reduce your red bin waste

There are several ways to reduce waste in your red bin by reusing or recycling items:

  • Get in the habit of using reusable shopping bags to divert plastic bags from landfill.
  • Drop unwanted work tools, kitchen appliances, cookware, electrical goods and steel items to the recycling centre at the EcoDrop(external link) for free.
  • Donate to charities and community groups.
  • Sell to a commercial recycler or pre-loved goods store.

Read our helpful guide to alternative waste recycling services [PDF, 810 KB] which includes some of the available services.

Use the Wheelie Bins App to find out what goes in each bin.