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
  • Aluminium and steel cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • All plastic takeaway containers (no food scraps)
  • Aluminium foil trays (no food scraps)
  • Aluminium foil (scrunched up into a fist-size ball)

Clean paper and cardboard

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

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
  • All waste that goes in the garbage bin 

If any of the above items are placed in your recycling bin your bin might be rejected. If you are unsure if an item belongs in your yellow or blue bin email

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 blue bin.  

Recycling in your suburb 

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

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Page last updated: 22 May 2019