Red lid General Waste Wheelie Bin


General waste refers to general everyday household waste that can be placed in your general waste wheelie bin. General waste wheelie bins have a red lid or superseded green lid. 

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What goes in your general waste wheelie bin?

  • Bakery/ Meat trays
  • Garden clippings (ONLY when bagged).
  • Disposable nappies
  • Plastic bags, cling wrap, bubble wrap, cellophane, sachets, snap lock bags, food pouches and wrapping film. Preferred to be disposed of at a REDcycle bin at any Coles or Woolworths.
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Laminated paper, carbon paper
  • Coat hangers
  • Lids (less than 5cm wide)
  • Garden hoses, fishing line, rope
  • Small electrical appliances (kettle, hair dryer, blender, vacuum etc) 
  • Pens, pencils and stationery items
  • Food waste. Preferred to be disposed of in compost.
  • Kitty litter
  • Small broken household items
  • Christmas tinsel, ribbon, balloons, sticky tape
  • Plastic plates, cups, cutlery, straws
  • Broken ceramics, crockery, pyrex glassware and drinking glasses (wrapped for safety)
  • Broken window/ glass, light bulbs and mirrors (wrapped for safety)
  • Broken pots, pans, ovenware
  • Toys
  • X-rays, photographs
  • Polystyrene / Styrofoam
  • Any moulded plastic container without a recycling symbol
  • Smoke detectors
  • Used tissues and paper towels
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Household medical waste and sanitary products. Preferred disposal of needles/syringes ONLY in sharps containers, and take to a community sharps disposal bin.
  • Items contaminated with food/ liquid making them unsuitable for recycling
  • Shredded paper (bagged ONLY). Preferred to be disposed of in compost/ garden weed mat/ chicken bedding.

Do not put in your general waste wheelie bin - take them to a Waste Management Facility:

  • Items weighing over 85kg
  • Hazardous waste and chemicals. Please phone ahead to arrange.
  • Fluorescent light tubes
  • Car parts
  • Timber

The following items can be dropped off for free at most Waste Transfer Stations/Waste Management Facilities;

  • Car batteries
  • Stoves, washing machines, microwaves (fee applies for refrigerators, air conditioners and freezers)
  • Scrap metal 
  • Engine and cooking oil (up to 20L)
  • Paint (up to 20L of architectural, deck, varnish, stains)
  • Gas bottles and cylinders, flares and EPIRBS
  • Fire extinguishers (water, CO2 and powder ONLY)
  • E-waste (computers, printers, TVs, keyboards, cables, mobile phones etc)
  • Preloved household items suitable for donation
  • drumMUSTER approved clean Ag and Vet chemical containers