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Frequently asked questions

What can I put in my yellow-lidded bin?

YES to clean:

  • plastic bottles and containers
  • milk and juice cartons
  • glass bottles and jars
  • magazines, newspapers, paper, flattened cardboard boxes and pizza boxes
  • steel and aluminum, foil and empty aerosol cans.

NO to:

  • soft plastics, such as plastic bags, cling wrap and plastic wrapping
  • light bulbs, glass from windows, mirrors, drinking glasses and crockery
  • vegetation
  • nappies
  • paper towels, tissues, serviettes and shredded paper
  • cardboard or paper with food on it
  • garbage or food scraps
  • clothes, pillows and blankets
  • lids smaller than a credit card
  • waxed cardboard and polystyrene.

Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Guide/Calendar tells you what goes into each of your three household bins and what you can and can't recycle, as well as bin collection dates and information on the annual hard waste and chemical collection services. The calendar is delivered to all Eurobodalla households each year:

Where is my recycling processed?

Council currently contracts its recycling service to recycling and waste management company, Suez.

All recycling collected in Eurobodalla is taken to Suez’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Moruya.

In 2016-17, the Moruya MRF processed 4,700 tonnes of material from yellow-lid recycling bins.

Nine per cent of this ended up in landfill due to the material either being non-recyclable (ie, nappies, plastic bags full of rubbish) or from production loss, as the recycling process creates a small amount of waste.

See how your recycling bin contents are hand-sorted in Moruya in the informative video below.

Where does my recycling end up?

All glass from our kerbside collection is crushed at the Moruya MRF and turned into glass sand for use on local construction projects. About 2,000 tonnes of the sand is produced each year. Council is working with Suez to create a local market, including targets on Council’s own works.

The remaining recyclable material is sorted and baled according to the different streams. These bales are sold as commodities to various companies for reprocessing in Australia and overseas within weeks of being received.

Suez decides where the baled materials go after processing in Moruya. This is a commercial decision and depends on the commodity value. However, Council’s contract specifies which products are to be accepted and also stipulates that Suez reports the amount of material received, the amount of material sent away for reprocessing and the amount of contamination and production loss that goes to landfill.

What else can I recycle?

In addition to kerbside recycling processed at the Moruya MRF, Council also contracts companies to recycle a range of products received at the waste management facilities in Surf Beach and Brou. These include:

  • polystyrene - processed locally into ingots and transported to Sydney for reprocessing into hard plastic items like picture frames
  • motor and cooking oils - reprocessed into biodiesel and other fuels
  • tyres – reprocessed into retread on new tyres
  • garden organics waste - shredded, tested and given away to residents, businesses and used on Council works
  • good pieces of timber waste - sold through the buy-back centres, and the rest is shredded and used as mulch on landfill, while concrete and bricks are crushed and may be used onsite
  • mattresses
  • electronic waste like televisions and computers
  • vehicle batteries
  • steel and other metals
  • household problem waste

More information

Watch: your guide to recycling

We can help you

If you would like more information about recycling, please contact Council's Waste Services on: