Recycling: Blue Bin

Berrigan Shire Council operates a fortnightly kerbside bin service for the collection of recycling.

Check your bin collection days

About recycled waste collection

Your yellow-lid bin is for items that are reusable or recyclable – but putting the wrong item in your bin can cause contamination, which may result in your recycling being sent to landfill.

This means sorting your waste correctly is vitally important as it ensures we can recover more resources!

See below for what you can and can’t put in your recycling bin.

Items you can place in your recycle bin

  • Aluminium cans (empty & clean)
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminium foil (clean)
  • Books
  • Clean paper and cardboard
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Cartons milk and juice (lids off)
  • Envelopes
  • Glass jars and bottles (clean & lids off)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Plastic containers and bottles (clean & lids off)
  • Steel tins and cans (clean)
  • Strawberry and other fruit punnets
  • Tetra paks (lids off)

What do the triangle codes mean on your products? 

There are about 40 different types of plastics currently used for different products. Each product has a Plastic Identification Code. This code is a number between 1 and 6 inside a triangle made up of chasing arrows. Of these six codes only two codes can be recycled from domestic sources in Australia:

  • Code 1 (PET - Polyethylene terephthalate) - soft drink and mineral water bottles.
  • Code 2 (HDPE - High density polyethylene) - milk, cream, shampoo and cleaner bottles

So, remember… 
To put codes 3 to 6 - which include garbage bags, plastic shopping bags, ice cream containers and lids, margarine containers, drinking straws, potato chip packets, yoghurt containers, plastic cutlery, polystyrene cups, meat trays and packaging - in your general rubbish bin as these cannot be recycled. More on what you can't recycle below.



Items not to be placed in your recycle bin

  • Bottle lids (smaller than a credit card)
  • Cables, cords and rope
  • Chip packets
  • Takeaway coffee cups and lids
  • Fabric
  • Food
  • Meat and Biscuit trays
  • Plastic bags and other soft plastics
  • Plastic straws, plates & cutlery
  • Polystyrene
  • String and twine
  • Soiled paper and cardboard
  • Tea bags and paper contaminated with food remains
  • Used tissues
  • Waxed paper and cardboard

 And a note on glass…

Broken window and windscreen glass, heat treated glass such as Pyrex, corning ware and vision ware, white opaque bottles, light globes, china and ceramics and laboratory or medical glass needs to be placed in your general rubbish red-lid bin as these cannot be recycled.


What if my bin is missed or damaged?

Please phone our Customer Experience team on 03 5888 5100 to arrange for a bin repair or report a missed collection.