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What CAN go in the Yellow Lidded Recycling Bin?

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Egg cartons
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Envelopes
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Drink bottles
  • Ice cream and
    yoghurt containers
  • Margarine containers
  • Milk and juice bottles
  • Takeaway food containers
  • Laundry and
    bathroom containers
  • Bottles and jars
  • Tin, aluminium
    and steel cans
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Metal lids
  • Aluminium foil trays
    and foil wrappers
  • Pots and Pans

What can’t go in the Yellow Lidded Recycling Bin?


Empty and clean. Please ensure that your recyclables do not contain food residue or liquids. To do this empty containers and give them a quick rinse. (To save water, rinse your recyclables after washing the dishes or get your pet dog or cat to lick them out, just make sure there are not sharp edges first!). This prevents contamination of the recycling and your recyclables going to waste.

No Plastic Bags! Please leave plastic bags out of your recycling bin and do not place your recyclables in a plastic bag. Plastic bags cannot be recycled through your recycling bin as they cause problems with the machinery at the materials recovery facility (MRF).

No Polystyrene/Foam! Polystyrene/foam packaging (including foam meat trays and cups) goes in the general waste/waste to landfill bin

No Nappies! Please place all disposable nappies in the general waste/waste to landfill bin.

Where can I recycle my soft plastic bags, wrapping and packaging? Drop them into the REDcycle bin at your nearest participating supermarket

Pizza boxes without food scraps can go in the recycling bin. Food scraps can contaminate recyclables, so please ensure all food remnants are removed before recycling. Very greasy pizza boxes can go in the green organics bin1.

Does the triangular symbol with numbers on plastic containers mean it’s recyclable? No. The triangle with a number from 1 to 7 is not a recycling symbol but rather a Plastic Identification Code. It advises what type of plastic the item is made from but not if it is recyclable3. Hard plastics coded 1-7 can be recycled in the yellow lidded recycling bin except for polystyrene foam and plastic bags4.

Empty, dry paint tins can go in the recycling bin. If tins contain paint, dry and empty paint out or dispose of at the hazardous waste depot2.

SKM A-Z Recycling Guide: Find out more about what CAN be recycled via SKM Recycling’s A-Z Directory guide

Why is recycling important?

Recycling is great for our environment, economy and society!

Environmental benefits

Each time we recycle, we reduce the demand on our natural resources, such as trees, fossil fuels and raw materials mined from the earth. Recycling also reduces the amount of waste we send to landfill and pollution we discard into our environment. Another benefit is the significant water and energy savings. For example, recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy required to produce it from raw materials. This figure is 70% for plastics, 40% for paper5and 30% for glass6.Paper can be recycled many times, but if it’s sent to landfill, it breaks down to produce greenhouse gases instead. By recycling paper we help to reduce two of the contributing factors to global warming being deforestation and greenhouse gas production.

Economic and social benefits

Recycling contributes to our economy by conserving resources, reducing energy use and production costs as well as creating jobs. Recyclables are valuable and can be sold. Recycling is cheaper than sending materials to landfill. If we reduce the amount of material sent to landfill then councils can pass on these savings to residents and invest in other community services.

Recycling plays an important role in reducing our reliance on sourcing not only our own natural resources but also those from other countries. eg. Oil which is required for making plastic.

By investing time and effort into educating our children of the importance of recycling, they are more likely to adopt these habits and continue them in the future.

What happens to recyclables after collection?

East Waste collects the recyclables and delivers them to a processing facility. The material is sorted by both people and machines into its different streams.

a) Initial Sorting: Recyclables travel up the main conveyor. Contaminants such as food waste & green waste are removed here.

b) Main Sorting: Recyclables such as glass /plastics/ metal and aluminium cans are separated from paper and cardboard via a vibrating “disc screen”

c) Screen Paper/Cardboard: Cardboard is manually separated from paper. Material is baled ready for sale to paper mills for making new packaging products.

d) Magnet Separation Process: Steel cans are removed and baled using a magnet.

e) Screen Glass: Glass recyclables pass through an automated ceramic detection system removing ceramic product which contaminates the glass stream. Glass is optically sorted by colour and stored in bays ready for sale to glass packaging manufacturers.

f) Air Classifier Separation: Lightweight recyclables like aluminium and plastic bottles are separated from the heavy recyclables such as glass as the products move across an air field, whereby light material is separated from heavy.

g) Optical Sorting – Plastic: Mixed plastic bottles go through an automated optical sorting system which separates the different types of plastic grades such as PET/White HDPE/Coloured HDPE/PP

h) Storage/Final Processing: Plastics, Cardboard, Paper, Aluminium, Steel and Glass recyclables have all been separated, baled or placed into storage bays ready for delivery into manufacturing processing plants

(process as detailed on SKM website)

A Recycling Journey

Watch the SKM recycling video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw92BG_jq0Q

View the recycling process through a series of diagrams and images here:http://www.skmrecycling.com/recyclingProcess.html

More information on Recycling:

Recycling Near You

SKM Recycling


1-2) Zero Waste SA , RECYCLING BIN – Some simple tips on how to Recycle Right, fact sheet: http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/upload/at-home/fact-sheets-for-home-users/yellow-bin-recycle-right-factsheet.pdf

3) Zero Waste SA, The truth about plastics, fact sheet:http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/upload/facts-sheets/RecycleRight-plastics-fact-sheet.pdf

(Please note Zero Waste SA is now Green Industries SA. Contact details and other links on this page may no longer be current)

4) SKM Recycling: http://www.skmrecycling.com/whatCanIRecycle.html

5)The truth about recycling. article published in ‘The Economist’ 7 June 2007

6) The Complete Life Cycle Assessment, O-I:


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