A to Z Waste and recycling list

A B C D E  

Item Icon Where does it go? 
Aerosol Cans
Rubbish bin

Put in red Landfill bin.

Full or partly full cans contain chemicals that contribute to global warming. Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.

If they are empty, they still pose a risk and need to go into landfill.  
Air Conditioner
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.

Air conditioners contain refrigerant gas that is harmful to the environment if the coils are punctured.
There is a fee of $35 per unit so that the it can be degassed.
Aluminium can  
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling Bin. 
Aluminium foil  
Recycling bin
Put yellow recycling bin.

Please ensure the foil is clean and in a ball about the size of your palm. 
Appliances   
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre (free).

Remove batteries.
If they are still in working order, there are some op-shops that accept appliance donations or you could sell online. 

Ash (cold)  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin.
Asbestos   Prohibited Waste.

The Bryon Resource Recovery Centre does not accept asbestos.

You can collect a free asbestos testing kit from Council's Head Office in Mullumbimby.

You can also purchase a Household Asbestos Removal Kit for the Byron Resource Recovery Centre for $25. 
Baking Paper 
Rubbish bin
 
Put in red landfill bin.

Baking Paper has a wax coating and cannot be recycled. 
Balloons   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin.

Balloons are very harmful to the environment, avoiding use is best. 
Batteries (Car)  
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre (free). 
Batteries (Household and Rechargeable)  
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre (free).

You can also drop at one of our Specialty Recycling Centres located at Council Head office, The Cavanbah Centre and Bunnings Byron Bay.  
Bamboo food containers and cutlery  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin.

Make sure there is no plastic lining or coating.
Bedding   
Rubbish bin
Donate to your local charity shop. 

If you cannot find anywhere to donate it, put in the red Landfill bin.
Bicycles / bike parts (poor condition, rusted)  
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre .
 
Biodegradable Plastic.   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin.

Biodegradable packaging does not mean compostable.

Biodegradable plastic cannot be recycled in your yellow bin.

It can still cause harm to the environment if not disposed of properly.
Biscuit trays  
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin.

Biscuit trays are often made of a low grade plastic and they are difficult to process in the machinery.
Bones (meat and fish)  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin.

Keep in the freezer until the night before collection. 
Books  
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin.

Make sure to remove and plastic coverings or binders.
Bottle tops  
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin.

Small items can get stuck in the machinery and become a hazard.
Branches  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin. 
Bread tags  
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Bricks   
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre. 
Broken toys   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Bubble wrap   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin or drop off at your local soft plastics recycling collection point (cut into A3 sizes pieces).
Cables and cords   
Rubbish bin
Put in your red Landfill bin. 
Cardboard   
 
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin.

Remove tape and flatten. 
Cardboard (soiled) and take away containers   
Green organics bin
Put in green organics bin.

Cartons (milk and juice). Lids off clean.

 
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin.

These items are made of paper, plastic and foil. They need to be sent off for specialty recycling. 
CD covers   
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin.
Cellophane  
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin or drop off at your local soft plastics recycling collection point
Chip and snack food packets 
Rubbish bin
 
Put in red landfill bin or drop off at your local soft plastics recycling collection point. 
Cigarette butts   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin.

When your are out in public put in one of the enviropole cigarette bins located on public place bins. 
Cling wrap   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Clothing   
Rubbish bin
Donate to your local charity shop, use as rags or put in red landfill bin.

You can also try clothing recycling programs like Upparel.
Coffee cups and lids (all kinds)   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin.

Coffee cups contain a plastic or bio-based lining that needs to be separated from the paper. 
Coffee grinds   
Green organics bin
Put in green organics bin.

You can use in your garden soil.
Coffee pods   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Compostable bin liners (certified AS4736)  
Green organics bin
Put in green organics bin.

If they do not have this certification put in red landfill bin. 
Compostable packaging (certified AS 5810)  
Rubbish bin
Put in your home compost or put in red landfill bin.
 Computers  
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre (free).
Crockery and ceramics  
Rubbish bin
Put in your red landfill bin if they are broken.

For items in good condition, take to your local charity shop or the Byron Resource Recovery Second Hand Shop.
Cutlery (disposable)  
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 

Electronic Waste

 

 
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre (free).
Eggshells
Green organics bin
 
Put in green organics bin.
Envelopes, paper (including windows)  
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin
Envelopes (plastic postage)   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin or drop off at your local soft plastics recycling collection point. 

F G H I J

Item Icon Where does it go? 
Fabric  
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin or donate to your local Charity Shop.
Face masks  bin rubbish.png Put in red landfill bin.
Fire extinguisher  
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre (free).
Flower and dead plants  
Green organics bin
Put in green organics bin.
 
Foam underlay  
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. If it is too large for the bin, drop off at the Resource Recovery Centre
Food pouch  
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin 
Food scraps (all)
Green organics bin
 
Put in green organics bin. 
Furniture   
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Donate to your local charity shop or the Byron Resource Recovery Second Hand Shop.
Or drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre
Garden trimmings 
Green organics bin
 
Put in green organics bin. 
Garden waste (bulk)   
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre
Gas bottle   
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre (free). 
Glass jars and bottles   
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin, lids removed. 
Glass plates, drinking glasses,
pyrex 
 
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Grass clippings   
Green organics bin
Put in green organics bin. 
Hair   
Green organics bin
Put in green organics bin. 
Hazardous chemicals 
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.

If you have large quantities or are unsure call 1300 652 625.  
Hose and pipe   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Junk mail (paper)   
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin. 

K L M N O

Item Icon Where does it go? 
Kitty Litter   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin.
Laminated paper   bin rubbish.png Put in red landfill Bin. 
Leaves   
Green organics bin
Put in green organics bin.
Lids (smaller than a credit card)   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin.
Lids (larger than a credit card)   
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin.
 
Light bulbs and tubes   bin fogo.png Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre (free).

You can also drop off at one of our Specialty Recycling Stations located at
Council Head Office, the Cavanbah Centre and Bunnings Byron Bay. 
Lighters    
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin.  
Magazines   
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin. 
Mattresses   
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre. 
Meat scraps (animal and fish)   
Green organics bin
Put in green organics bin.

Keep in freezer until night before collection. 
Meat trays (foam and plastic)   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Medical Waste 
Rubbish bin
 
Put in red landfill bin. 
Medicine bottles (no lids)  
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin. 
Mesh and netting   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Mirror (broken)
Rubbish bin
 
Put in red landfill bin.  
Mobile phones   
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.

You can also drop off at one of our Specialty Recycling Stations located at
Council Head Office, the Cavanbah Centre and Bunnings Byron Bay.
Nappies   
 
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Newspapers   
Recycling bin
Put in yellow recycling bin. 

P Q R S  

Item Icon Where does it go? 
Paint (less than 20 litres)   Community-Recycling-Centre-LOGO.png Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.

 

Maximum container size 20 litres. 
Paint tins (empty up to 4 litres)   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin.
Paper (dirty or wet)  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin. 
Paper (clean)  Recycling bin   Put in yellow recycling bin.
Paper towel (used)  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin. 
Pens and pencils   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin.
Pet waste  Green organics bin   Put in green organics bin. 
Pill packets (all)   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin.
Pizza boxes  Green organics bin   Put in green organics bin. 
Plastic bags and soft plastics.  Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin. 
Plastic containers and bottles. Lids off and clean.    Recycling bin Put in yellow recycling bin.
Plastic cups, plates, cutlery  Rubbish bin   Put in red landfill bin.
Plastic plant pots empty   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin or drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.  
Polystyrene   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin or drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre

 

 
Poppers (other Tetra Paks)  Recycling bin Put in yellow recycling bin. 
PVC Pipe   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin. If too big, drop off at Byron Resource Recovery Centre.
Razors (disposable)   
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Rope  Rubbish bin   Put in red landfill bin. 
Rubber products   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin. 
Sanitary items   bin rubbish.png Put in red landfill bin. 
Seafood   Green organics bin Put in green organics bin. 
Scrap Metal   
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre. 
Serviettes and napkins (used paper)  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin. 
 Sharps and syringes   Drop off at your local hospital or allocated sharps collection  location.
Shoes  Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin. 
Shredded paper  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin. 
Soil (small amounts only) 

 Green organics bin Put in green organics bin. 
Steel tins and cans (clean and empty)  Recycling bin Put in yellow recycling bin.  
Strawberry and other plastic fruit punnets.    Recycling bin Put in yellow recycling bin.
Straws (plastic)  Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin.   
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String and twine   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin.  

T U V W X Y Z

Item Icon Where does it go? 
 Takeaway foam containers and cups  Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin. 
Tea bags   Green organics bin Put in green organics bin.
Timber - Small, not treated, no paint, nails or fittings.    Green organics bin

Put in green organics bin.

Treated timber (small off-cuts) must be placed in the red landfill bin. 

Tissues   Green organics bin Put in green organics bin.
Tooth paste tubes   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin.  
Toothbrushes  Rubbish bin   Put in red landfill bin.   
Treated pine (bulk)   
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.  
 
Treated timber (small off-cuts)   Rubbish bin

Put in red landfill bin.  

Small bits of timber that is not treated and has no paint, nails or fittings can be put in the green organics bin.

 Trigger, spray and pump lids  
Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
Tyres   
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre
 
Vacuum cleaner dust   Green organics bin  Put in green organics bin.
Vinyl (e.g school bags)  Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin.  
 Wallpaper  Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin.  
Waxed paper/cardboard Rubbish bin
Put in red landfill bin. 
 
Weeds  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin.  
White goods   
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre

White good like dishwashers and microwaves can be dropped off for free.  

Refrigerators and air-condition units can be dropped off at a cost of $35 per item.

Only household quantities accepted. Maximum container size 20kg or 20L. 

Window glass  
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Drop off at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.

Windscreen glass   Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin. 
Wine cask inners  Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin. 
 Wipes  Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin. 
Wrapping paper (plastic)  Rubbish bin Put in red landfill bin.
Wrapping paper (paper)  Green organics bin Put in green organics bin. 
X-rays 
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Drop off to Community Recycling Centre at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre (free). 
Yoghurt containers  Recycling bin  Put in yellow recycling bin.
Zips   
Rubbish bin
 Put in red landfill bin.
Zip lock bags   
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Put in red landfill bin or drop at your local soft plastic recycling collection point. 

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