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About Your Bins

About Your Bins

Welcome to our About Your Bins page. Use this page to take the recycling quiz, watch our video on composting and recycling and learn all about your bins and what goes in them!

Test Your Recycling Knowledge!

Take the quiz here and see if you're a recycling whiz!

Complete the 10 questions and see how you score!

Why Waste It? We are Still Recycling it!

You may have seen a range of articles concerning the China Sword Waste Policy and the impact it is having on the global recycling market in the media recently. Many of our residents are still wondering whether it is still worth recycling. The answer is YES!

It is important to know that recycling is still environmentally beneficial and the City of Mitcham is committed to investigating short, medium and long term solutions by working closely with East Waste, the waste industry and State/Federal governments towards ensuring more sustainable, financial viable long term outcomes.

Recycling is important and is a vital part of our continued existence on a planet with an increasing population and finite resources. Recycling also ensure that recyclates are at their highest and best use for as long as possible and this is essential to ensure Australia’s long-term sustainability and reduces reliance on the use of raw materials.

You play a very important role by placing the right materials in the right bin and keeping items that can’t be recycled out. Please continue to recycle through your yellow-lidded recycling bin:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Aluminium
  • Plastic (rigid)
  • Steel/tin
  • Glass

You will be playing your part to improve the quality of recycled materials. It is also very important that we refocus our efforts in avoiding, reducing, and re-using waste in the first place, to lessen our reliance on recycling.

What goes in Your Yellow-lidded recycling bin?

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What Goes in the Recycling Bin?

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Aluminium
  • Plastic (rigid)
  • Steel/tin
  • Glass
  • Plastic storage containers (i.e. Tupperware)
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Biscuit trays
  • Empty Aerosol cans
  • CD and DVD cases (remove disc, plastic sleeve and paper cover)
  • Medicine and vitamin bottles (empty)

Don’t contaminate your Recycling bin with

  • Plastic bags/recycling in bags
  • Electronic waste
  • Food
  • Nappies
  • Liquids
  • Garden (organic) material
  • Clothing/ fabric
  • General waste
  • Polystyrene/foam
  • Bricks and building materials
  • Shredded paper
  • Wire, strapping and hoses

If recycling materials are too contaminated it may be too difficult to sort and end up being wasted in landfill. The cost for doing so is ultimately passed onto our residents through rates.

We will continue to work closely with East Waste, Industry and Government to ensure that recycling continues as an essential service, and assist in working toward new models that provide more sustainable long-term outcomes.

What happens to your Recycling Bin once it is collected:

East Waste collects the recyclables from households and delivers them to NAWMA’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The following image explains how the material is sorted by both people and machines into its different streams.

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What Goes In the Green-Lidded Food and Garden Organics Bin?

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Use your FOGO (green lidded food and garden organics bin) for more than just your garden material. All organic material can go into your FOGO bin including:

  • food scraps (including meat and seafood)
  • food-stained pizza boxes
  • shredded paper
  • paper towel and tissues
  • lunch bags and paper muffin cases
  • pet waste
  • charcoal and ash
  • human and pet hair
  • Post-it notes

Remember to place all garden material loose into the bin. Do not put your garden material in plastic bags.

Excess garden material can be taken to Lynton Green Organics Drop-off Facility.

What happens to your FOGO (green lidded food and organics bin) once it is collected:

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What Goes In Your Blue-Lidded General Waste Bin?

Waste to landfill

This bin is for general household waste that cannot be put in the recycling or green organics bin.

Other items suitable for the waste bin include:

  • kitty litter
  • polystyrene (meat trays, foam cups and packaging material)
  • wine bladders
  • ropes and hoses.

Soft plastics (e.g. reusable green bags, produce bags, bread bags, biscuit and confectionery packaging, rice and pasta packets and frozen food bags) can go into the blue waste bin. However, they can also be recycled at major supermarkets.

Go to Redcycle to find out more.


Rather than disposing of your clothing in the blue waste bin it can go to charity if it is in good condition.

Unwearable clothing can be donated to SCR group where it will be reused, turned into rags or converted into an alternate fuel.

Go to SCRG hub finder to find your nearest drop off location.

Please ensure flammable and hazardous materials are not placed in any kerbside bin.

Please take your hazardous materials to Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre, 181 Morphett Road. North Plympton. Call 8295 5077 or visit Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre.

What Goes in which Bin?

An A-Z guide is also available listing over 400 common household items to help identify which items go in ‘Which Bin’ and which items can be reused and recycled.