- Aluminium cans (empty & clean)
- Aerosol cans (empty)
- Aluminium foil (clean)
- Clean paper and cardboard
- Cardboard egg cartons
- Cartons milk and juice (lids off)
- Glass jars and bottles (clean & lids off)
- 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
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.