Recycling our waste on the Central Coast is easy and has become a daily activity which has real environmental benefits. When you recycle, you help save important natural resources like minerals, trees, water and oil. You also save energy, conserve landfill space, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and reduce pollution.

Recycling closes the resources loop, ensuring valuable and reusable resources do not go to waste. Instead, they are put back to good use, making much less impact on our environment in the remanufacturing process the second time around.

Your yellow lid bin is for recycling only. This bin is collected fortnightly on the same day as your red-lidded garbage bin, but on the alternate weeks to your garden vegetation bin.

Visit our Bin Collection Day page to find out what day your bins are emptied.

The following can be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin:

Items not accepted in the yellow lid recycling bin:

If you put the wrong items into your recycling bin, it may not be collected.

Need further information? Watch our latest videos teaching you all about which items you can and cannot recycle on the Central Coast.


COVID-19: Safe Waste Disposal Procedures

Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), should observe the following advice to dispose of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste:

• Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues, gloves, paper towels, wipes, and masks securely in a plastic bag or bin liner;
• Bag should be filled no fuller than 80% so that it can be tied securely without spillage;
• This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied;
• These bags must be disposed of in your red lidded garbage bin.

Recycling Tips


No plastic bags: Simply put your recyclable items loosely into the bin. Staff at the recycling centre will not open plastic bags, so anything placed in a plastic bag will end up in landfill.

Recycling right: Make sure jars, bottles and cans are empty and contain no liquid or food. Tip out your liquids and scrape out any food remains. If you prefer to wash your recycling use old dishwater instead of fresh water.


What happens to your recycling?

Each fortnight Cleanaway empties your recycling bin and delivers the material to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The MRF is a large factory where household recyclables are sorted into individual commodity streams, such as paper, metals, plastic and glass using machinery. MRF employees (called Sorters) remove large pieces of contamination (such as plastic bags, clothing, dirty nappies and food waste) by hand. After recyclables have been sorted and baled they are transported to reprocessing centres both within Australia and overseas, where they are manufactured into new goods.