We're proud of the recycling efforts by Toowoomba Region residents. But there's still room for improvement. It's time to look at how we can work together to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The information below will help you choose which products belong in your recycling bin.

To find out your bin collection day, use our Find your bin day tool. 


The recycling process

Your recycle bin (yellow lid) is serviced fortnightly. All the waste is sorted at a materials recycling facility in Brisbane. Some of the material is baled and exported for further recycling and manufacturing. Placing non-recyclable waste in the recycling bin can cause a lower grade product to be produced in the manufacturing process. 

How to maintain an uncontaminated recycling bin:

  • NO PLASTIC BAGS PLEASE - place all materials in the bin loosely,
  • NO GREENWASTE OR FOOD SCRAPS PLEASE - these go in your general waste or greenwaste bin (note - a greenwaste bin is an optional service)
  • tip them out - ensure all containers are empty. You don't have to wash your containers, please tip it or scrape it out
  • flatten them and cut them up - cardboard boxes should be flattened and smaller than 50cm long. If they're too big to fit in your bin (without sticking out of the top of the bin) take them to your nearest waste facility
  • lids and rings on plastic bottles - they don't have to be removed, but you can if you like
  • plastic lids and rings on cartons - remove these and either place in a plastic container made of the same type of plastic, or place them in your general waste bin if you're unsure
  • remove all packing materials such as plastic wrap and foam beans, they don't go in your recycle bin
  • no bin liners please
  • don't place dangerous or unsanitary items into your recycling bin. 


Items that can be placed in the recycling bin

Generally, any container that has come from your kitchen, bathroom or laundry, such as:

  • paper, magazines, newspaper, junk mail, paper gift wrap (not foil looking wrap)
  • shredded paper - place it in a paper bag or a cereal box, don't put it in a plastic bag,
  • cardboard, paper, egg cartons, greetings card, clean pizza boxes (not disposable/single-use coffee cups)
  • glass bottles and jars (clear, green or brown glass only)
  • steel cans, empty aerosols cans
  • aluminium cans
  • aluminium foil and foil trays - roll into a ball about the size of a tennis ball
  • clean plastic bottles and containers with the recycling triangle numbers 1-7 - from your household only. No containers from the shed that have held petrol, chemicals or oil. You can take these to your nearest waste facility
  • cartons - such as tetra packs and milk/cream and juice cartons
  • remove metal lids from glass bottles and jars. Place them in a container of the same material (steel into a can or aluminium into a drink can) or throw them into the general waste bin
  • plastic trays from biscuit packets (not meat trays that contain foam; foam packaging from computers and white goods boxes even if there is a number in a triangle on it). Remove the soft plastic film from the top of the tray. Place this in your general waste bin or it could be recycled through your local supermarket.

To make it easy to decide which bin to use, we've created a 'What goes in each bin' flyer to print and keep at home.


Items that should not go in the recycling bin

The below is a list of some of the things that we find in recycle bins and shouldn't. If in doubt, contact us.

  • soft plastics such as plastic bags, bin liners, soft plastics, plastic wrap and bubble wrap
  • food, kitchen scraps
  • lawn clippings, tree cuttings
  • empty containers from your shed or garage that have held chemicals or petrol
  • brooms, mops
  • plastic furniture or hoses
  • crockery or china, pyrex and ovenproof dishes
  • blue and white glass
  • drinking glasses and ceramic mugs
  • disposable/single-use coffee cups - put the cup in your general waste bin and the plastic lid in your recycle bin
  • mirrors, fish tanks, safety glass
  • light bulbs, fluorescent lamps
  • window or automotive glass
  • nappies - disposable and cloth
  • moist towels, tissues, serviettes, toilet paper or paper towels
  • foil gift wrapping or ribbon
  • polystyrene foam and packing (including food packaging trays similar to trays meat is sold in at the supermarket - even if it has a #6 on it)
  • clothes or fabric (contact your local charity organisation)
  • syringes, sharps containers or medical waste
  • batteries - all types
  • e-Waste (computers, printers, TV's, microwaves etc.)
  • building/renovation waste - eg pvc pipe, fixtures, fittings, plasterboard
  • bricks, concrete, masonry, tiles, rocks etc.

The above list are all contaminants to the recycling process. If you put these in your bin, your bin may not be emptied. You will need to remove these contaminants before your bin can be emptied. You may be charged a fee to collect your bin.

Many of these items can be disposed of at your nearest waste facility.


Soft Plastics

Soft plastics such as cling wrap, plastic bags, bin liners, bread bags may be able to be recycled at your local supermarket through "Redcycle". Speak to your supermarket for further information.


Wheelie bin maintenance

If your wheelie bin is damaged or has broken parts (e.g. cracked or missing lids, pins, wheels and/or axles), lodge an online request or contact us.