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:

  • cardboard packaging
  • cereal boxes
  • egg cartons
  • fresh milk and juice cartons
  • greeting cards
  • junk mail
  • laundry powder boxes
  • office and computer paper
  • pizza boxes (clean)
  • phone books
  • wrapping paper (not foil or plastic)

Any plastic bottle or container used in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry, including:

  • biscuit trays
  • body wash bottles
  • detergent bottles
  • cleaning spray bottles
  • cream containers
  • drink bottles
  • ice cream tubs
  • laundry liquid bottles
  • lids (preferred separated from bottle, container or jar)
  • margarine and butter tubs
  • sauce bottles
  • shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • strawberry and tomato punnets
  • take-away food containers
  • yoghurt tubs

  • air freshener spray cans
  • aeroguard cans
  • baby formula tins
  • bottle tops (preferred separated from bottle)
  • bug bomb spray cans
  • coffee tins
  • cooking oil spray cans
  • deodorant spray cans
  • drink cans
  • fly spray cans
  • foil pie trays
  • foil BBQ trays (disposable food cans)
  • food cans
  • insect spray cans
  • hair spray cans
  • milo tins
  • lids (preferred separated from bottle or jar)
  • olive oil cans
  • paint tins (empty and under 15 litres)
  • pet food cans

  • beer bottles
  • jam jars
  • juice bottles
  • medicine jars
  • pickle jars
  • sauce bottles
  • sauce jars
  • spread jars
  • wine bottles

Items not accepted in the yellow lid recycling bin:

Items not accepted in the yellow lid recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags and wrappers
  • Clothing, linen and shoes
  • Shredded paper
  • Long life / UHT Cartons
  • Disposable paper cups (including coffee cups)
  • Plastic buckets, toys and nick-nacks
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Meat Trays
  • Polystyrene and Styrofoam
  • Paper towels and tissues
  • General waste including nappies and food waste
  • Scrap metal
  • Newspapers wrapped in plastic
  • Garden waste
  • Ceramics, light globes and Pyrex
  • Electrical appliances
  • Hazardous wastes, paints and oils
  • Medical waste or syringes
  • Gas cylinders, butane cannisters and fire hydrants

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.