Recycle Right

Help us to save resources, protect the environment, reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and support local jobs in our region. 

What can you do to Recycle Right @ Home

  1. Real people are impacted when we do not recycle right.  Recycling is not sorted by fancy machinery, but real people sort our recyclables by hand, recovering items to be processed into new products.  It is important that we are considerate of our recycling habits.  Keep out dangerous and harmful contaminants.  Our recycling team needs your help to get it sorted and reduce waste going to landfill. 
  2. Think beyond the bin and keep out plastic bags, soft-plastics & bagged recycling.  We can all play our part to reduce our waste generation and increase recycling to recover valuable resources.  Recycled items can be manufactured into new products.  Don’t throw it away, recycle it.  Let’s join forces to protect the environment and Keep It Right, together.


Here’s how to Recycle Right

Keep it Clean

  • Wipe out and empty containers of leftover food or drink before recycling. 
  • If you have washing up water in your sink, use this to rinse bottles and containers.

Keep it Loose 

  • Place recycling items loose in your recycling bin (don’t bag or box your recycling).
  • Plastic bags do not belong in the recycling bin.
  • Remove lids from bottles and jars.

Keep it Safe

  • Protect our MRF workers – do not dispose of food waste, dirty nappies or dead animals in the recycling bin.
  • No Sharps – they should be disposed of in a yellow Community Sharps Disposal container in your closest town.
  • Nothing hazardous that can damage machines such as netting, hoses, wires, building materials, broken glass, chemicals or other hazardous materials.

Keep it Simple 

  • Recycle hard plastic bottles and containers.
  • Glass bottles and jars.
  • Steel and aluminium cans.
  • Paper and cardboard

Keep it Flat

  • Flatten cardboard to get the most out of your recycling bin.

Keep it Plastic bag-free

  • Put plastic bags in the red lidded garbage bin, they don’t belong in the recycling bin.
  • Soft scrunchy plastics such as chip packets, biscuit packets and bread bags can be dropped off at Coles or Woolworths in the REDcycle Program or put in your red lidded garbage bin.

Keep it Certain

  • Rethink your waste and see recyclable materials as a valuable resource. 
  • Recyclable items can be manufactured into new products.
  • Resource recovery is much better for our environment and our economy.

Keep it Right

  • Shredded paper can be placed in your green-lidded organics bin.
  • “If in doubt leave it out!” or contact your local Council.


  • Use your own reusable bags when shopping.
  • Instead of using plastic cling wrap, use a reusable container.

Find out what materials are accepted at your local free Community Recycling Centre and where it is located.


Things that don’t belong in your recycling bin

  1. Plastic bags and soft plastic packaging – can go in your red lidded garbage bin or taken to Woolworths or Coles to be placed in the REDcycle containers.
  2. TV’s, printers and computers – can be taken to Officeworks for Recycling Program or contact your council for drop off locations.
  3. Printer and toner cartridges – can be taken to Officeworks for Recycling Program or check your local Council for drop off locations.
  4. Mobile phones – visit for locations.
  5. Clothing and textiles – good quality clothing, shoes and linen, can be taken to charity shops such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army or Vinnies Stores.  If your goods or clothing are in bad shape (ripped, torn, soiled or stained) they go into your red lidded garbage bin.  If you’d give it to a friend then you can give it to a charity shop.
  6. Polystyrene – Challenge Recycling Services located in Tamworth and Narrabri has a drop off facility for polystyrene, otherwise place it in your red lidded garbage bin.

Recycling Workshop

with Jo Taranto, Good For The Hood

Learn how to set up your home for recycling success.  Jo Taranto, Australia’s leading sustainability educator at Good For The Hood, shares her tips to empower ordinary people to create everyday change.

Videos are available for your viewing:

  1. Short Promo Video
  2. Part 1 Live Event
  3. Part 2 Live Event
  4. Q&A Recycling Challenge