Your recycling bin

From the squeeze test to whether or not to rinse food containers. Get the facts about recycling and what can go in your recycling bin.

Every month, Geelong processes 2,500 tonnes of recycling from yellow top bins. But 20% of that often has to be thrown away in the rubbish bin. It’s just not right.

Do you know which of the objects in this video can go in your recycling bin?

  • Disposable coffee cups can’t be recycled in your bin, but the plastic lid can.
  • Plastic bags and other soft plastic packaging are a big no-no. But the plastic trays your biscuit, fruit or meat come in can.
  • And drinking glasses can’t go in your recycle bin either. They melt at different temperatures than glass drink bottles.
  • Paper packaging, broken plastic toys minus any batteries , plastic shampoo or product bottles, old plastic plant pots and even aluminium foil are all okay to go into your recycling bin.

Here are some extra tips to make sure your recycling doesn’t go to waste.

  • If you’re not sure if a plastic can be recycled, give it a squeeze! If it goes back to its original shape, it’s a rigid plastic and is safe to put in your recycle bin. But be sure to remove any softer plastics that may be attached first!
  • Soft plastics like glad wrap don’t keep their shape and should never be put in your recycling bin. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw them out. They can be recycled at special bins found at some supermarkets – just ask at the counter next time you do your shopping.
  • Food containers don’t have to be rinsed. Just give them a good scrape to remove bigger food pieces and put them in your bin.
  • Make sure to keep your recycling loose and not in plastic bags. These jam up sorting machines at recycling plants.

Recycling guide

Use the online directory to find your recycling options for a wide range of items.

Regular updates

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Page last updated: Tuesday, 13 August 2019