Recycling

Inner West Council provides a fortnightly kerbside collection service for recyclable waste. You may have different bins for recycling depending on your suburb. 

 

What goes in my recycling bins? 

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Steel and aluminium cans
  • Aluminium foil (clean and scrunched up into a small ball)
  • Plastic bottles (lids on)
  • Plastic containers, including empty plastic takeaway containers (no food scraps)
  • Biscuit trays, plastic fruit and vegetable containers
  • Newspaper, cardboard and paper (clean)
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Pizza boxes (clean - a little grease is OK, food is not) 

Unsure if an item is recyclable? Find an answer in our A-Z guide or send your question to rethinkwaste@innerwest.nsw.gov.au.

What does not go in my recycling bins?

  • Plastic bags and other soft (scrunchy) plastics
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Dirty or soiled cardboard and paper
  • CDs, DVDs and VCR tapes
  • Flower pots, including plastic ones
  • Photographs
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Composite packaging, mixed materials e.g. pringles containers, coffee bags
  • Ceramics, porcelain and broken glass
  • E-Waste e.g. Mobile phones, electronics, computer parts
  • Hard plastics e.g. plastic toys, kitchen storage containers

If any of the above items are placed in your recycling bin your bin might be rejected.

FAQ  

Unbag recyclables

Always put your items loose in the bin. Never put plastic bags, even biodegradable ones, in your yellow or blue bin as they jam the machinery used to sort through the recycling materials.
Pizza boxes and soiled paper
Pizza boxes are a tricky issue as some councils can take them in their green bins, while others do not take any at all.
A few years ago, grease contamination was not such an issue in Australia. However, recycling contractors are now asking for contamination levels to be below 5% as waste companies get less money for a product with grease and food left on it. Once soiled, the paper cannot be recycled because the paper fibers will not be able to be separated from the oils during the pulping process.
The Inner West Council now asks residents to only place clean paper or cardboard into the recycling bins. For pizza boxes tear off the part that is greasy and throw it out or compost it while placing the rest in the recycling bin. Same rules apply for soiled paper, such as dirty paper towels.

Lids

Lids that are made of the same material as the container can be left on. If a lid needs to be removed it must measure at least 5cm across or it won't make it through the recycling system
If the lid is a different material e.g., glass jar with plastic lid, metal lid with glass bottles the lid must be removed, otherwise it contaminates the clean material stream when sorted and separated. These lids can be placed in like material containers sealed and then placed in recycling, e.g., as metal beer bottle tops inside a metal tin.

Types of plastic (ignore the numbers)

The triangles can be confusing as they do not necessarily mean the product is recyclable. The number in the triangle identifies the type of plastic an item is made from, not whether it is recyclable. Therefore, we do not identify numbers that can be recycled.
Due to the confusion, Planet Ark has developed the Australasian Recycling Label, to help people understand if an item can be recycled. You might have started to see this kind of label on different products.

Cleaning containers

No need to scrub clean, just remove food scraps.

Need an additional recycling bin?  

You may apply for an additional recycling bin at no extra cost to maximise your recycling efforts. 

Apply for an additional recycling bin

Order bin signs, stickers or flyers

To help our residents recycle and dispose of waste correctly, we offer a range of educational material, such as bin bay signs, bin stickers, educational flyers or property number bin stickers.

Order signs, stickers or flyers

Recycling in your suburb 

You may have additional paper and food recycling bins depending on your suburb.  

 
 
 

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Page last updated: 17 Jun 2021