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?

Bottles, containers and cans

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel and aluminium cans as well as aluminium foil (scrunched up into a fist-size ball)
  • Plastic bottles and containers, including empty plastic takeaway containers

Clean paper and cardboard

  • Newspaper, cardboard and paper
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Pizza boxes (no food scraps)

Unsure if an item is recyclable? Find an answer in our A-Z guide or send your question to

What does not go in my recycling bins?

  • Plastic bags and other soft plastics
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Nappies, used or unused
  • CDs, DVDs and VCR tapes
  • Flower pots, including plastic ones
  • Photographs
  • Clothing
  • Mixed foil and plastic packaging, such as pringles containers
  • Ceramics, porcelain and broken glass
  • Light globes
  • Syringes and sharps
  • Medicines
  • Green waste
  • Mobile phones and electronic or computer parts
  • Plastic toys and kitchen storage containers

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

Recycling tips

  • Always put your items loose in the bin
  • Never put plastic bags – including biodegradable ones – in your yellow or blue bin, as they jam the machinery used to sort through the recycling materials
  • Ensure items have no leftover foods inside before placing them in the bin
  • Flatten cardboard boxes before they go in the recycling bin.  

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

Need additional help or have questions?

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.  

Rate this page

  • Rate as The content was useful44.79% The content was useful votes
  • Rate as The content was not useful55.21% The content was not useful votes

Thanks for your feedback. We will use this data to improve the content of this page.

Page last updated: 13 Jan 2021