Did you know that incorrectly-sorted waste costs four times as much to recycle? By following some simple rules you can quickly and easily sort your waste for recycling and help both the community and the environment.

What can be recycled?


  • Ice cream containers
  • Margarine tubs
  • Milk bottles
  • Plastic containers from kitchen (rinsed and empty) i.e. sauce bottles
  • Plastic containers from laundry (rinsed and empty) i.e. detergent bottles
  • Plastic containers from bathroom (rinsed and empty) i.e. shampoo bottles
  • Take-away food containers (rinsed, not polystyrene)
  • Soft drink bottles (lids removed)
  • Water bottles (lids removed)
  • Yoghurt containers.


All aluminium cans including:

  • Beer cans
  • Soft drink cans
  • Coffee and milo tins.


  • Computer paper (not shredded)
  • Envelopes
  • Fruit juice cartons (not silver lined)
  • Glossy magazines / brochures
  • Junk mail
  • Milk cartons (not silver lined)
  • Newspapers
  • Paper (not shredded)
  • Paper bags
  • Wrapping paper.


All steel cans and tins including:

  • Food tins (rinsed)
  • Pet food tins (rinsed)
  • Beer bottle tops
  • Jar lids.


  • Beer cartons (flattened)
  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Cereal boxes (remove bag)
  • Egg cartons
  • Greeting cards
  • Paper towel rolls (roll only)
  • Toilet paper (roll only)
  • Washing powder boxes (empty).


All glass bottles and jars including:

  • Beer bottles
  • Coffee jars
  • Sauce bottles (rinsed)
  • Spirit bottles
  • Wine bottles.

Did you know?

You can no longer recycle empty aerosol cans, polystyrene and soft plastics you can scrunch.

What cannot be recycled?

  • Material in bags (all recyclable material should be placed loose in the bin)
  • Plastic bags and light plastic film
  • Nappies
  • Clothes or other textiles
  • Garden waste and food waste
  • Gas bottles and aerosol cans
  • Electronic waste or batteries
  • Asbestos
  • Ropes, cables and garden hose pipe.

Top tip

Don't bag your recycling! Please place recyclables loose into your recycling bin. The machines at the material recovery facility (MRF) do not have the ability to cut through bags, so recyclables that are bagged will be sent to landfill.

The City's Waste and Recycling Guide

Our handy Waste and Recycling Guide contains all of the information you need. It sticks to your fridge so you can easily refer to it when sorting your waste.

A-Z of waste disposal

Not sure where to dispose of an item? Check out the A-Z disposal guide to find out.