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Your Red Bin

Your red lidded bin is collected fortnightly and is for waste that cannot be recycled or reused. Materials placed in the red-lidded bin are ultimately destined for landfill. With landfill space rapidly diminishing on a local and world wide scale, it is everybody’s responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle as much waste as possible.

Before placing waste in the red-lidded bin you should first check to see whether the materials can be recycled, reused, composted or reprocessed as organic matter.

As a general rule, most of the waste that cannot go into either your yellow lidded recycling bin or your green lidded organics bin, will go in your red lidded garbage bin. There are some excpetions such as builders waste, hazardous materials, chemicals, car tyres and a few other items listed below.

These items DO go in your red bin:

  • Plastic bags and other non-recyclable plastics (NOTE: Check with your local supermarket as selected stores now have a drop-off point for 'soft plastics' such as plastic bags, empty bread bags, frozen food bags etc. These soft plastics are then collected and recycled into useful items such as outdoor furniture and signage.)
  • Foam trays and polystyrene, including meat trays
  • Pyrex, ceramics or pottery
  • Broken plate glass, windows, mirrors, drinking glasses, light bulbs
  • Broken toys
  • Nappies, clothes and rags – (please give good used clothes and shoes to a charity or op shop if you can)
  • Plastic buckets


These items MUST NOT go into your red bin:

  • Gas bottles or fire extinguishers
  • Hazardous substances such as car batteries, printer and toner cartridges paints, medical waste, chemicals including herbicides and pesticides (These items can be dropped off at your local Community Recycling Centre free of charge)
  • Medical waste - ie syringes
  • Building waste, including asbestos and bricks
  • Motor oil
  • Soil
  • Car parts 
For information on where to dispose of these or any other items, check our listings for unacceptable and other waste. If you dont find the answers you need there, call 1800 265 495 or send an email 

These are some of the items that DO go in your red bin

These DO NOT go in your red bin

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25 Englands Road, Coffs Harbour

NSW 2450 Australia

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