Recycling Information

After your yellow lid recycling bin is collected, it is taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). At the MRF, the contents of your recycling bin are separated into five groups:

Yellow Lid Recycling Bin– Paper and cardboard;

– Rigid plastic bottles and containers;

– Glass bottles and jars;

– Aluminium cans and aerosols; and

– Steel tins.

The products are then squashed and baled and transported to a reprocessing facility where they are melted down and made into new items. When we buy products made from recycled items this is called ‘closing the loop’. Buying products made from recycled products saves a significant amount of non-renewable resources such as coal and oil, as well as large amounts of water, meaning these valuable resources will be available to us for longer.

It is important to place only packaging items made from the five groups in the yellow lid recycling bin (no scrap aluminium/steel, plastic toys or furniture, or non-packaging glass). Items that are not accepted in Council’s Recycling Collection Service are called ‘contamination’ and can get caught during the sorting process causing the MRF to shut down.

All residents in the Lithgow City Council area receive a FORTNIGHTLY Recycling Collection Service. Please refer to the collection calendar for details on when your 240 litre yellow lid recycling bin will be collected.

What goes in your Recycling Bin?

CheckOnly these items should be placed in your Recycling Bin:

Cardboard Boxes, Newspaper, Magazines, Office Paper, Junk Mail

Cardboard Boxes, Newspaper, Magazines, Office Paper and Junk Mail

Glass Bottles and Jars

Glass Bottles and Jars

Rigid Plastic Containers From Your Kitchen, Bathroom & Laundry

Rigid Plastic Containers From Your Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry

Steel/Aluminium Cans & Empty Aerosols

Steel/Aluminium Cans and Empty Aerosols

CrossThese items should never be placed in your Recycling Bin:

Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

Nappies

Nappies

Building Materials

Building Materials

Syringes and Medical Waste

Syringes and Medical Waste

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials

Food Waste

Food Waste

Polystyrene

Polystyrene

Small Metal Items and Old Tools

Small Metal Items and Old Tools

Clothing, Shoes and Bedding

Clothing, Shoes and Bedding

Machinery and Auto Parts

Machinery and Auto Parts

Oils, Paints and Chemicals

Oils, Paints and Chemicals

Cling Wrap, Packets, Bubble Wrap

Plastic Packets and Wrappers

CONDITIONS OF YOUR RECYCLING COLLECTION SERVICE

  • Please, only recyclable materials from your bathroom, kitchen or laundry should be placed in your recycling bin.
  • The lid of your recycling bin needs to close completely with nothing protruding out the top.
  • Please ensure your bin in placed on the kerb with the lid opening facing the road, and bins approximately 1m apart (recycling/garbage).
  • All bins need to be removed from the kerb by residents as soon as possible after emptying.
  • If your bin is damaged please contact 1300 728 978 to arrange repair or replacement.

Recycling Hints and Tips

  • Please flatten plastic and cardboard containers to make more space in your recycling bin.
  • Please remove all lids from bottles and containers, placing the lids in the garbage bin.
  • Please wipe out or rinse recyclable containers in old washing up water before placing them in the recycling bin.
  • Please DO NOT place items in plastic bags as they CANNOT be recycled in this bin.
  • Please remember DO NOT put plastic bags, disposable nappies or syringes in the recycling bins.
  • Try reducing the amount of soft plastic packaging you use by placing fresh fruit and vegetables straight into your basket or trolley (not in small individual plastic bags) and then using reusable shopping bags instead of plastic ones. Avoid products that come in non-recyclable packaging such a polystyrene meat trays and soft plastic sachets/tubes.

Click here to view Lithgow City Council’s Recycling Collection Calendar

The recycling collection vehicles are fitted with colour cameras to check the bin contents every time it is emptied. Residents who continually place incorrect items in the recycling bin may have their bin removed.