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National Recycling Week:

Think Beyond your Bin

It’s simple everyday actions like recycling, which can contribute to a better environment, and recycling week is a great opportunity to think how we can keep improving.

Now in its 27th year, National Recycling Week (Monday 7 to Sunday 13 November 2022) provides an important opportunity for councils, workplaces, schools and individuals to improve our recycling knowledge, develop better recycling habits and build greater trust in recycling. As part of the week’s activities, Northern River councils are encouraging everyone to continue our efforts to recycle right, and to think beyond our kerbside bin.

Check it before you chuck it! The Australasian Recycling Label Program has made the process of identifying which household products can go in which bin much easier now for householders. Keep an eye out for the instruction labels on common household items (eg. meat trays and cheese containers) that shows which bin each component of the packaging can go into as well as where recycling can occur in-store.

Please note that the Redcycle Program is currently on hold so for the time being, please place your soft plastics in the landfill bin. We thank you for your patience and we understand government, retailers and industry partners are working hard to ensure the system commences again.

Recycle Right @ Home

The first step to Recycling Right @ Home, is to create the bin systems most suitable to your Council area, home and household. There are many ways to best sort your recycling, organics and landfill items, and many types of bins and containers on offer. See our examples for the kitchen, bathroom and home office areas. Remember to always check what can be recycled in your Council area. Often there are other recycling services offered by Council and other organisations, which are beyond your kerbside bins, including the Community Recycling Centres, and Redcycle.

NSW Householders Recycling in our region has changed due to the impact of the Chinese Government’s National Sword policy.

We all need to Recycle Right to adapt to these changes, protect our recycling industry and ensure our recycling will continue to be recycled as effectively and efficiently as possible. So keep our recycling in the loop and keep it coming ’round by recycling right. Follow our actions below.

Recycle Right #1

Keep it Simple

Only recycle:

  • Hard plastic bottles and containers
  • Glass bottle and jars
  • Steel and aluminium cans
  • Paper and cardboard


For specific information about your Council service, please contact your local Council

Recycle Right #2

Keep Out Soft Plastics

Keep Out:

  • All soft plastics, including bags, plastic wrapping, chip packets and bread bags
  • No degradable nor biodgredable plastic bags – these belong in the landfill bin


Avoid plastic bags altogether by using your own reusable bags when shopping; use containers and beeswax wrappers rather than cling wrap

Recycle Right #3

Keep Out Small Items

Don’t place anything smaller than a credit card into your recycling bin, this includes:

  • Drink bottle lids (including milk bottle lids)
  • Bread tags
  • Bottle tops


Small pieces of paper and cardboard, including shredded paper, can be placed in your green organics bin.

Recycle Right #4

Keep it Safe

Keep it safe for our MRF workers and machines ……. which means nothing hazardous that can harm our workers or anything that can damage the machines.

Keep out strapping line, hose, netting, wires, building materials, broken glass, chemicals and other hazardous materials.


Find out what materials are accepted at your local free Community Recycling Centre. Visit Website  

Recycle Right #5

Keep it Clean

Keep it clean by rinsing or wiping out your containers of any excess food, drink etc.

Keep it clean by keeping out:

  • NO food scraps 

  • NO nappies

  • NO soiled paper or cardboard 

  • NO general waste 


See the list of correct items and how to display them by visiting your local Council website

Recycle Right #6

Keep it Loose

Place your recyclables loose into your recycling bin.

Don’t bag or box your recyclables. 


Have a designated recycling bin in the kitchen to keep your recycling loose.