Bin Health Checks

Results from the Bin Health Check Program are in.

Our Waste Education Officers reported an overall improvement throughout the program, showing how waste education can change household recycling.

The data collected as part of this program will assist in the development of waste education materials to support residents in their understanding of the importance of proper landfill and recycling disposal.

Program results told us that:

  • 20% (1 in 5) recycling bins tagged had items that didn’t belong – by the end of the program, this number reduced to 13% (1 in 8).
  • The most common non-recyclable items found in the yellow lid recycling bin were:
    • Soft plastics and bagged recyclables
    • Oversized scrap metal and textiles
    • Food and garden scraps.
  • 1 in 14 recycling bins were half filled with non-recyclable rubbish.
  • 1 in 16 recycling bins were almost full with non-recyclable rubbish.

Watch our series of short videos on recycling tips here.

For quick reference, see below a list of items that should be sorted into your general waste and recycling bins:

Bin Trail 2021 - General Waste Sticker
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Bin Trail 2021 - Recycling Sticker
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Read more about what goes in your bins here.

Download a copy of the above Bin Health Checks Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 3.7 MB)