Keep your rubbish out of our hands

Did you know that if you throw the wrong rubbish in your yellow lid recycling bin, it ends up in our Sorters hands? That's right, if you put disposable nappies, plastic bags, old smelly shoes or even a used syringe in your recycling bin, somebody has to pick it up and remove it.



It may seem crazy to some of you, that people may even consider placing these items in their recycling bin, but they do and its not just a little - but quite a lot.

In the past 8 years, contamination in the recycling bins has increased from 4% up to 14%*

Every day, over 150 tonnes of recycling is emptied from yellow lid bins across the Central Coast and delivered to the Materials Recovery Facilty (or MRF) in Somersby for sorting. Machinery at the MRF can sort most of the recycling, using magnets to separate steel, rotating disc screens to remove paper and even lasers that help with the plastics (its really cool and if you want to see it in action watch our video here: Recycling on the Central Coast). But the wrong rubbish, the contamination - nappies, plastic bags, used syringes and smelly shoes - have to be removed by hand by people called 'Sorters'.


Meet Jason

Jason works at REMONDIS and he's probably a lot like you! When not at work, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, playing sport and going camping. His wife works at a local Dentist, his daughters go to local schools and love dancing and his son plays baseball.

At work, Jason sorts through tonnes of recycling, removing any waste entirely by hand. When the wrong rubbish is thrown in your recycling bin, it doesn't just disappear - it ends up in Jason's hands.

It is estimated that over 5000 nappies are removed by hand each week from Central Coast recycling, by Sorters like Jason. This is the same amount of nappies most children will use by the time they turn 3! 


Please think of Jason the next time you go to put some rubbish in your bin! #inourhands

Meet Alan

Alan drives a recycle truck across the Central Coast emptying over 4000 bins a week. Alan is amazed at the weird, disgusting and down-right dangerous things people are constantly trying to dispose of in their recycling bins!

From old toys and prosthetic legs to car batteries, fire extinguishers and gas bottles - he's seen it all. Most of us get worried just putting the gas bottle in the car when we need to re-fill it - who would think it is safe to put it in a bin, let it be emptied by a compacting vehicle and then send it to an operating factory to get sorted!

When the wrong rubbish is thrown in your recycling bin, it ends up in Alan's hands! #inourhands

Under no circumstances should an unwanted gas bottle or any other hazardous Items be placed in any household collection bins. This is a dangerous practice and is a risk to the health and safety of the driver of the truck, members of the public, the vehicle itself should the cylinder explode or ignite when the waste is compacted and to the Sorters at the MRF who need to remove it from the sorting line prior to it going through the factory and potentially exploding.

For safe disposal options for hazardous waste items, please visit our information page on the FREE Chemical Cleanout Collection held four times a year across the Central Coast by clicking here: Chemical Cleanout

What can you do to help keep the wrong rubbish out of Jason and Alan's hands? 

1: Only put recyclables in your yellow lid bin!

Also, think about how your recycling might smell after sitting in your bin for 2 weeks when it arrives at the factory - please make sure all jars, bottles and cans are empty and contain no liquid or food. Tip out your liquids and scrape out any food remains.

The following items are all good to go in the yellow lid recycle bin: 

Paper and cardboard

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

Rigid plastic bottles and containers

  • 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
  • moisturiser tubes
  • sauce bottles
  • shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • strawberry and tomato punnets
  • sunscreen tubes
  • take-away food containers
  • yoghurt tubs

Metal cans, aerosol cans and foil trays

  • 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
  • pet food cans

Green, brown and clear glass bottles and jars

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

2. Leave the rubbish out! 

Items not accepted in the yellow lid recycling bin include:

  • Disposable nappies
  • Plastic bags and wrappers
  • Clothing, linen and shoes
  • Shredded paper
  • Long life cartons 
  • Polystyrene and Styrofoam
  • General waste including food waste
  • Garden waste
  • Scrap metal
  • Ceramics, light globes and Pyrex
  • Electrical appliances
  • Hazardous wastes, paints and oils
  • Medical waste or syringes
  • Gas cylinders and fire hydrants

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

3. Don't bag it! 

Simply put your recyclable items loosely into the bin. Sorters will not open plastic bags, so anything placed in a plastic bag will end up in landfill.

4. Get a larger red bin.

If you are placing general waste in your recycling bin because you have run out of room in the red lid bin, please organise an upgrade to your red bin. For a small annual fee added to the Council Rates of the property, an upgrade to a larger red lid bin for general waste is available. Visit the Resize Your Bin section of our website for further details by clicking here: Resize your Bin


*REMONDIS audit results 2015