Yellow bin - recycling

Yellow bin - sort and save

What can and cannot go in your yellow bin

The 240 litre yellow lidded recycling bin is collected fortnightly and available to all residents in the Kempsey Shire.

You can check your yellow bin collection day using our bin collection calendar.

For recycling collection questions contact the Waste Hotline on 1300 342 207

The yellow bin is for all household recyclables. By sorting recyclables into the yellow bin we can reduce the amount of valuable resources going to landfill and keep community costs down. Kempsey residents are already really good at recycling, but there is more we can do.

What can go in your yellow bin?

  • all recycling
  • steel, tin, aluminium cans, including empty aerosols 
  • clear, brown and green glass bottles and jars
  • plastic bottles and containers
  • cardboard boxes, milk and juice cartons
  • newspapers, magazines, office paper and junk mail, including window envelopes

What cannot go in your yellow bin?

  • no plastic bags
  • no foam or polystyrene
  • no ceramics, pyrex or pottery
  • no waxed boxes or aluminium foil
  • no light bulbs, mirrors or drinking glasses
  • no food or general waste
  • Household problem wastes

Household problem wastes

Household problem wastes include unused paint, old smoke detectors, polystyrene, batteries (both household & car), fluoro light globes and tubes, motor and other oils, electronic waste, gas bottles and fire extinguishers. Our Community Recycling Centre and Mobile Community Recycling Centre offer a free and easy solution for the disposal of household problem waste.

Helpful hints

  • recycle right - remove lids and flatten boxes
  • rinse containers to reduce odours
  • household recycling is accepted free of charge at Council’s waste facilities
  • never put broken glass into your yellow bin - recycling is sorted by hand
  • even small amounts of contamination can affect the end recycled product and can result in valuable materials being dumped in landfill – resulting in increased costs for residents
  • complete the recycling loop by purchasing goods made from recycled materials

Where does your recycling go?

Recyclables from the yellow lidded bin are taken to the Cairncross Material Recovery Facility where they are sorted and bailed ready for re-use.

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