What you can and cannot recycle in your yellow bin

You can see here what can and cannot be recycled in your yellow recycling bin. If you're still unsure, you can ask us about specific items and where they can be recycled through our A-Z recycling directory What Goes Where?

YES (these items go in your yellow recycling bin):

  • Paper, cardboard and magazines
  • All hard plastic containers
  • Aluminium cans and clean foil, aerosol and steel cans
  • Glass bottles and jars, crockery, drinking glasses, pyrex and plate glass
  • Bagged plastic bags and soft plastics
  • Bagged polystyrene
  • Specially marked Resource Recovery Collection Satchels

NO (these items are not acceptable):

  • Nappies
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Garden organics and food scraps
  • Loose plastic bags or wrapping
  • Loose polystyrene
  • String, rope or cable
  • Shredded paper (this belongs in your organics bin)
  • Scrap metal and appliances
  • Windscreen glass


Grab a Resource Recovery Collection Satchel

Resource Recovery Collection Satchels enable us to collect problem waste through the recycling service.

Problem waste includes household batteries, reading glasses, corks, CDs and DVDs, mobile phones and accessories, small electronics (such as cameras, iPods, calculators) and printer cartridges. These items must be placed into a Resource Recovery
Collection Satchel prior to being placed into your recycling bin.

Resource Recovery Collection Satchels are available free from the Revolve Shop, Council's Corporate Centre in
Goonellabah and the Lismore Library.

Need a bigger bin?

If you are having trouble fitting all of your recycling in your 240-litre bin, you can purchase a 360-litre bin for a one-off fee. Phone us on 1300 87 83 87 to arrange.