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What happens to your recyclables?

Check out this YouTube video showing how your recyclables are processed at the Materials Recovery Facility.

Your Yellow Bin

Do you recycle at home and work? By recycling effectively you save money, carbon emissions and you contribute to a sustainable society and future.

Each person on the Coffs Coast generates approximately 1 tonne of rubbish every year. Of this, up to 40% is recyclable.


PLEASE NOTE: Our Materials Recovery Facility is designed to process recyclable


There are many things that you CAN RECYCLE, check this out:

  • Aluminium foil and cans
  • Clean paper and cardboard
  • Milk and Juice cartons including tetrapacks
  • Glass bottles and jars such as beer and wine bottles, jam and vegemite jars etc. Please - no light globes,drinking glasses, mirrors, pyrex or crockery - these go in & your red bin.
  • Steel food cans and lids; such as baked beans, dog food etc.
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic containers - we call it rigid plastic, but just check to see if it's got a recycle symbol and a number 1 to 5. We can't recycle numbers 6 and 7 - these ones go in your red bin. (NOTE: Some plastic bags are stamped with a recycle symbol 1-5. However, no plastic bags are acceptable in your yellow bin.)

Please do NOT put any of these in your Yellow Bin:

  • Plastic bags or wrappers such as cling wrap or chips/biscuit packets. (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.)
  • Meat trays, unless they have the recycle symbol and number 1-5 on them.
  • Styrofoam or polystyrene.
  • Non recyclable plastics such as clothes baskets, buckets, hoses
  • Disposable nappies
  • Clothing / fabrics / ropes
  • Window, mirror and light globe glass
  • Drinking glasses, pyrex or crockery

The above items all belong in your RED bin.


Please don't put any of the following items in ANY bin:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Gas bottles, fire extinguishers
  • Chemicals
  • Full aerosol cans
  • Motor oil, cooking oil

The above items can be dropped off at your local Community Recycling Centre for FREE.

CRCs are located at Coffs Harbour (Englands Road), Raleigh (Short Cut Road) and Nambucca Heads (Old Coast Road) waste facilities.


What about the rest?

Some items do not belong in any of your three bins. Unacceptable waste and other waste includes hazardous materials and chemicals, batteries, flourescent tubes, builders waste and more.

If you're still unsure, call us on 1800 265 495 or email us.

What if your recycling bin fills up before collection day?

If you find yourself with more recycling than you can fit in your standard 240 ltr bin, you do have some options;

  • Get a bigger bin - we can provide you with a 360ltr bin for an annual fee
  • Get a second bin - an additional 240ltr bin is available to you for an annual fee (contact us on 1800 265 495 and we will send you an application form)
  • Take your recyclable glass bottles and jars, plastic& bottles and cans to a container bell
  • Crush all your cardboard and plastic containers
  • Crush aluminium cans
  • Use your newspapers to wrap your food scraps
  • Place your small paper waste (ie - envelopes, letters, flyers etc) into a cardboard box and crush it
  • Look for items in the supermarket with less packaging
  • Visit a FREE recycling drop off point:

Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Park - Englands Road, Coffs Harbour

Open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5pm. Open weekends from 8am to 4pm.

Phone (02) 6648 4580

Raleigh Waste Centre - Shortcut Road, Raleigh

Daylight Savings Hours:
Weekdays - 7am to 5pm - CLOSED Tuesdays & Public Holidays
Weekends - 8am to 4pm

Outside Daylight Savings Hours:
Weekdays - 8am to 4pm - CLOSED Tuesdays & Public Holidays
Weekends - 8am to 4pm

Phone (02) 6655 3777

Nambucca Waste Management Facility - Old Coast Road, Nambucca

Open 7 days from 8am to 4pm (Closed Public Holidays)

Phone (02) 6568 2170

Waste Transfer Stations

Woolgoolga - Willis Road

Open weekends from 8am to 4pm

Coramba - East Bank Road

Open weekends from 8am to 4pm

Bellingen - Bowraville Road

Daylight Savings
Wednesday and Friday - 7am to Noon then 1pm to 5pm - CLOSED Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Public Holidays
Weekends - 8am to Noon then 1pm to 5pm

Outside Daylight Savings
Wednesday and Friday - 8am to Noon then 1pm to 4pm - CLOSED Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Public Holidays
Weekends - 8am to Noon then 1pm to 4pm

Dorrigo - Old Coramba Road

Daylight Savings
Wed/Thu/Fri - 8am to 1pm then 2pm to 4pm - CLOSED Mondays, Tuesdays & Public Holidays
Weekends - 9am to 1pm then 2pm to 4pm

Outside Daylight Savings
Wed/Thu/Fri - 8am to 1pm then 2pm to 4pm - CLOSED Mondays, Tuesdays & Public Holidays
Weekends - 9am to 1pm then 2pm to 4pm

Hints and Tips

  • Rinse out recylables in your dishwashing water before you empty the sink – this will help keep your bin clean.
  • Do not place recyclables in a plastic bag. Plastic bags cannot be recycled and are treated as contamination.
  • Don’t be tempted to place recyclables in your red bin if your yellow bin is full; this may result in a contamination sticker being placed on your bin. Drop them off for FREE at your nearest waste facility.


If you are still unsure about anything – call the hotline 1800 265 495


The Environmental Benefits

Greenhouse Gas Savings

A typical household recycling 3.76kg each week saves about 106kg of carbon emissions each year.

This is equivalent to saving half of the electricity used for household lighting and 40% per cent of the electricity used for cooking in a normal household.

On a statewide basis, this results in a reduction of 229,000 tonnes per year in carbon emissions, which is about the same CO2 savings that could be made by permanently removing 55,000 cars from our roads.

To put this in perspective, if you, the householder, fill your recycling bin to the brim, every fortnight, then in effect; your positive impact on the environment would be the same as if you had:

  • permanently removed 580 cars from the roads
  • saved the annual electricity requirements of 371 homes
  • saved enough water to fill 1449 backyard swimming pools OR
  • the annual water usage of 852 people

....not a bad effort really, when all we have to do is put the right thing in the right bin......


* Sources; ABS, CHCC Community Profile, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.

Things that DO go in your yellow bin:

Things that DON'T go in your yellow bin:

Is your yellow bin too full?

Get a bigger bin or an additional bin - email us for an application form

Take your extra glass bottles, jars, plastic bottles and cans to a container bell

Visit a free recycling drop off point in your area

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25 Englands Road, Coffs Harbour

NSW 2450 Australia

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