Paper cups on the list of recycling bin no-gos

Community health, education and training portfolio councillor Robert Garland and waste education officer Carol McKeough check the contents of a kerbside recycling bin.
Community health, education and training portfolio councillor Robert Garland and waste education officer Carol McKeough check the contents of a kerbside recycling bin. Contributed

PAPER drinking cups are among the items that shouldn't be put in recycling bins with yellow lids, the council is advising.

Community health and education portfolio councillor Robert Garland said not everything recyclable can be placed in the recycling bin.

"While items, such as plastic containers, saucepans and steam irons, can be recycled, they should be taken to the recycling centre and not put in the kerb-side bins," he said.

"Now the new Materials Recovery Facility has been opened at Dundowran we're stepping up the education campaign on what should go into the kerb-side bins.

"People put paper drinking cups in the recycling bin. Unfortunately because they are wax-coated they cannot be recycled and have to be sorted out."

To boost understanding, the council has opened an education centre at the MRF and is encouraging schools and community groups to tour the centre.

"By educating school children we can build life-long habits," Cr Garland said.

"While schools do touch on recycling and anti-litter education, they do not go into the specific requirements of this Material Recovery Facility.

"For example, strawberry punnet containers are recyclable, but not through the MRF which can only accept rigid plastic bottles and containers.

Please don't put your recycling into plastic bags as they have to be broken open so the material can be sorted.

"And please don't put pillows, blankets, lawn mower catchers, hoses, telephones, keyboards, washing baskets or fishing net in the bins.

"These items should be taken to the transfer stations or landfill sites and placed in their recycling bins.

"Green waste can be taken to the transfer station or landfill for free because it can be recycled as mulch.

"It should not be placed in your recycle bin.

"If you have to place green waste in a bin it should be bagged and placed into the green-lid bin."

He said to stop food scraps rotting and smelling, wrap them up and put them in the freezer until the next collection day.

"Hypodermic needles should be placed into sharps containers and put into the waste bin. Under no circumstances should sharps ever be placed into a recycle bin," Cr Garland said.

He also asked people not to overload bins so that the lid is propped open.

"If the bin lid is slightly open the wind can get under it and blow it completely open and then blow rubbish down the street," Cr Garland said.

"Or, it allows the birds, especially crows, a chance to get in and create a mess.

"Birds rip open garbage bags looking for titbits and throw rubbish on to the ground where it can be blown around."

To help residents understand recycling, the council has created a fact sheet which is available at

Topics:  bins dundowran fraser coast regional council recycling rubbish waste

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