How to recycle with your yellow-lidded bin

If you live in the Yarra Waste Revolution trial area, what you can recycle has changed.

You can still place all general materials such as clean paper, cardboard, plastic water bottles and aluminium cans in your yellow lidded bin.

But items such as drink cartons – including milk, juice, soy milk and stock cartons – as well as lids and some plastic containers will no longer be accepted.

This is because we are now using a recycling company that has high standards for the quality of resources that can and can’t be recycled.

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Glass: Please don’t put glass in your yellow-lidded bin. This is now being collected separately. Read how to recycle glass



Paper is easy to recycle, we grind it down and use it in many every day products such as paper towels, toilet paper and newspapers.

Cartons and other mixed paper products can’t be recycled in Australia, and so these will no longer be accepted in your recycling bin.

Paper items that can be recycled

  • Baking paper
  • Books
  • Butchers paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cardboard boxes, but flattened
  • Egg cartons, but with no residue
  • Envelopes, with or without windows
  • Greeting cards, but no novelty cards due to their small electronic components
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Paper
  • Paper bags, but they must be emptied and have no plastic lining and no cement bags
  • Paper plates/bowls, but with no scraps
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Phonebooks
  • Pizza boxes, with no scraps
  • Shredded paper
  • Take away cartons, with no scraps
  • Toilet rolls
  • Wrapping paper

Paper items that cannot be recycled

  • Coffee cups, as their plastic coating can't be removed
  • Paper towel
  • Cartons/Tetra Paks, as the plastic coating can't be removed
  • Waxed cardboard boxes, as they create issues for recycling



Metal is also easy for us to recycle, as it can be melted down into new products such as food and drink cans.

However, some metal products have components made of plastic, and so can’t be recycled as they are contaminated.

Remember to rinse everything.

Metal items that can be recycled

  • Cans
  • Can lids, but only if they're metal
  • Cooking oil tins
  • Foil, but only if it's scrunched
  • Food and drink cans
  • Jar lids, but only if they're metal
  • Pet food cans
  • Tin cans, including baby formula cans

Metal items that cannot be recycled

  • Aerosol cans, for safety reasons
  • Clothes hangers
  • Cutlery
  • Pots and pans



Plastic is much harder to recycle as it’s difficult for us to tell what material an item is made from, quickly, when sorting.

There are also many products now that can’t be recycled, even though they may have the traditional recycling symbol.

If you’re not sure if you can recycle something, unfortunately it is best to put it in your landfill bin.

Remember to rinse everything.

Plastic items that can be recycled

  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Detergent bottles
  • Ice-cream containers/lids
  • Juice bottles
  • Milk bottles
  • Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel bottles
  • Soft drink bottles

Plastic items that cannot be recycled

  • Biscuit and cake trays
  • Bottle tops − loose and on bottle
  • Clothes hangers
  • Cups − plastic disposable
  • Cups − plastic reusable
  • Cutlery
  • Deodorant (roll on), as it has too many mixed materials
  • Dip pots/tubs
  • Fish trays, as it's not hygienic
  • Margarine tubs
  • Meat trays
  • Medicine bottles, as it's not hygienic
  • Plant pots
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic punnets (these were originally accepted if they had the number 1 in the recycling symbol, but our processor has said they are too difficult to separate so are no longer accepted)
  • Sushi containers
  • Take away containers
  • Toys
  • Yoghurt containers

We can’t recycle many of these items, because it is too difficult to know what they are made from.


How to make sure you’re recycling correctly

Food packaging? Rinse it!
Foil? Scrunch it!
Plastic lid? Remove it!
Cardboard box? Flatten it!

You can also download information from the Revolution Kit about what you can put in your yellow lidded recycling bin.


Keep up to date

As this trial grows, so will the range of items that we will be able to recycle. We’ll send you updates. Sign up to receive our Yarra Waste Revolution e-newsletter so you’re getting the latest information.


Not sure where to put something?

Take a photo and send it to − and we’ll help you out.

Or, join the trial Facebook group by searching ‘Yarra Waste Revolution − Abbotsford trial community’ and ask us and your community.

We understand that this is a big change to what you’re used to with recycling. If you have questions, please call us on 9205 5555. 


Our recycling drop off points

We have a number of recycling drop off points in Yarra where you can recycle items not collected in your recycling bin.

Read more about this service and find the locations.

Fostering a local industry

To help us make the Yarra Waste Revolution happen, we’re working with a new recycling company and directly with local industry and manufacturers to keep all our valuable recycled resources in Australia.

By working with Australian manufacturers, we can be confident in knowing our products are being recycled and not ending up in landfill or on a boat heading overseas.

This new recycling model will collect only valuable, highly recyclable materials. It will support our local jobs and industries as well as help protect our environment.

This is a clean slate, a fresh start for Yarra’s recycling industry.