What can I recycle?

What goes into your recycling is as important as what doesn't. Find out what you can recycle.

Recycle Right

The Recycle Right campaign aims to help you become a better recycler. This will help stop valuable resources from going to landfill, which saves energy and protects the environment. You can read more about the benefits of recycling in our Recycling FAQs.

Recycle right by doing these things:

We also have Recycling Quick Guide posters in English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Greek and Hindi. If you want a hard copy of any of these, visit a Customer Service Centre or call 03 8470 8888 and ask us to mail one to you. Large print is available.

Recycling plastics

Hard plastic is any plastic that bounces back into shape when you try and scrunch it in your hand. You can recycle hard plastic items like:

  • milk bottles
  • soft drink bottles
  • ice cream tubs
  • takeaway containers
  • laundry and bathroom bottles
  • buckets
  • plant pots.

Soft plastic is any plastic that loses its shape when you scrunch it in your hand, like cling wrap, bread bags and chip wrappers. You can't recycle soft plastic items in your recycling bin. Take soft plastics to your closest REDcycle drop off point.

Tip: Don't let the triangle and number stamp on plastic products trick you. This only advises the type of resin the plastic product is made from, not whether it can be recycled.

Recycling paper and cardboard

Common paper and cardboard items that you can recycle include:

  • office paper
  • envelopes
  • pizza boxes
  • egg cartons
  • newspapers and magazines.

Recycling glass

Common glass items that you can recycle include jam jars and soft drink bottles.

You can't recycle any of these glass items (donate them if they are reusable, or place them in your general waste bin if they are broken):

  • drinking glasses
  • household glass (such as a vase)
  • Pyrex
  • mirrors
  • ceramics and crockery.

Recycling aluminium and steel

You can recycle any of these aluminium and steel items:

  • cans
  • tins
  • aerosol cans
  • foil trays
  • aluminium foil (rolled as large as a golf ball).

These items should be empty, but they don't need to be totally clean.