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Recycling FAQs

What can I put in my yellow lid wheelie bin?

Paper and Cardboard

Remove plastic wrap, polystyrene packaging and squash boxes flat.

  • Cardboard (all except waxed)
  • Clean pizza box lid 
  • Junk mail and newspapers
  • Clean food and egg cartons
  • Loose office paper
  • Envelopes - plain or windowface
  • Telephone directories, books and magazines
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Matchboxes
  • Wrapping paper and greeting cards (preferably low gloss)
  • Empty milk and juice carton

Aluminium and Steel

Scrape and rinse out all content remnants. 

  • Softdrink cans
  • Beer cans
  • Coffee cans
  • Food can/ tins
  • Pet food tins
  • Empty aerosol deodorant and paint cans
  • Clean aluminium or tin foil (as scrunched ball 5cm wide)
  • Metal lids over 5cm wide

Plastic containers

On hard moulded plastics look for the recycling symbol numbered 1-7. The only exception to this rule is Styrofoam/Polystyrene items - they are not recyclable in CQ.

  • Detergent containers
  • Ice cream containers and lids
  • Juice bottles
  • Milk bottles
  • Household/ takeaway containers
  • Lunchboxes
  • Butter/ margarine tubs and lids
  • Sauce bottles
  • Shampoo/ toiletry bottles
  • Softdrink bottles
  • Yoghurt containers
  • Plastic cups


All clear, green and amber glass bottles and jars are accepted.

  • Oil, Sauce and Vinegar bottles
  • Jam jars
  • Juice and Soft drink bottles
  • Alcohol bottles
  • Medicine bottles

Plastic bags are not recyclable. Adding these to your yellow lid bin contaminates your recycling. - see REDcycle info. 


Where can plastic bags go?

Items must be put in the recycling bin loose. Do not put them into plastic bags. If you put bottles, cans and other recyclables into plastic bags when you put them into the bin they cannot be recycled.

Used plastic bags can be:

  • Reused for your grocery shopping or as a lunch bag
  • Recycled at many supermarkets — just look for the specially marked bins
  • Reused as bin liners for your household waste
  • Disposed of in the general waste bin.

REDcycle Program; a recovery initiative for post-consumer soft plastic


Where do my commingled recyclables go?

Recyclables can be placed in your yellow-lid recycling wheelie bin, or self-hauled to be dropped off for free in the Commingled recycling bins in the Recycling Areas at all waste management facilities in the Rockhampton Region.

All of the recyclables collected from our waste management facilities and kerbside recycling wheelie bins are sent to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Parkhurst, Rockhampton. The MRF (pronounced 'merf') is managed by Kriaris Recyclables Processing and is where recyclables are sorted into product types (plastic, paper, glass, steel, aluminium).  From the MRF, recyclables are transported to companies within Australia to be processed into a reusable material and then sold to national and international companies to make into new products. Watch the video about the MRF.


What day does my recycling bin get collected?

Residents receive a weekly general waste collection service and a fortnightly recycling collection service of their bins. Wheelie bins are collected every day of the year, including Christmas Day.

As recycling wheelie bins are collected fortnightly, your property is scheduled as a Week 1 or Week 2.  Use the Recycling Collection Calendar(PDF, 491KB) as a helpful reminder of which week we are up to.  

Find out your scheduled collection bin day by typing in your street address on the My Neighbourhood page.



If you have more questions about recycling in the Rockhampton Region, please contact us.