Recycling reduces waste to landfill which saves you money, reduces energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions, while helping you lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

Did you know? In 2008, households recycled around 23% of their waste and this could increase to 65% by 2020.

  • Recycle items in your kerbside recycling bin.
  • Donate unwanted and usable items in good condition to charity or second-hand stores.
  • Start composting/worm farming food and garden waste.
  • Discover what other items can be recycled, recovered or reused (eg. green waste, tyres, batteries, oil, e-waste).

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What can I put in my recycling bin?

Did you know that men and women sort and separate, by hand the materials in your recycling bin. 

Yellow lidded 240L bins are for household recyclable waste items only. These items can be processed into new recyclable containers, bottles, cartons, cardboard and paper products.

Accepted Not accepted

Paper (office, newspaper, envelopes, magazines)

Disposable nappies


Medical waste, needles and syringes
Aluminium cans Green waste (vegetation, mulch, grass clippings) and food scraps
Steel cans Plastic bags and soft plastic items
Aerosol cans (remove plastic lids and spray tops and place in waste bin) Rigid plastic containers and bottles 
Glass bottles and jars (remove lids) Polystyrene (may be marked with recycling triangle and number 6, but this is not recycled through the household recycling wheelie bin i.e. coffee cups, meat/packaging trays and packaging foam used for appliances and electronics)
Plastic containers, trays and bottles  Clothing
Liquid paperboard - milk and juice cartons Hazardous chemicals and paint
  Motor oil containers
  Light bulbs
  Ceramics and ovenware
  Glass (e.g. window or kitchen glassware)
  Scrap metal

Recycling styrofoam 

Styro Products Gympie offers residents and businesses in the Gympie region the opportunity to recycle Styrofoam packaging which is not allowed to be placed in your yellow recycling bin. For further information phone (07) 5483 1513 or visit or email

Australasian Recycling Label 

The Australiasian Recycling Label tells you which part of the package belongs in the recycling bin, the rubbish bin, or if you have to do something else with it. 

Recycling plastic bags or packaging

Coles and Woolworths now both have bins that accept soft plastic for recycling.

Which plastics does it collect?

The rule of thumb is: if the plastic can be scrunched up into a ball, it can be placed in a REDcycle collection bin. Examples of acceptable plastics include:

  • Bread, pasta and rice bags
  • Cereal box liners
  • Biscuit packets
  • Frozen food bags
  • Ice cream wrappers
  • Squeeze pouches
  • Plastic sachets
  • Bubble wrap
  • Chocolate and muesli bar wrappers
  • Silver-lined chip and cracker packets
  • Confectionery bags
  • Fresh produce bags
  • Netting citrus bags
  • Polypropylene bags
  • Plastic film from grocery items like nappies and toilet paper
  • Courier satchels
  • Newspaper and magazine wrap
  • Sturdy pet food bags
  • Plastic bags from boutique/department stores
  • Large sheets of plastic that furniture comes wrapped in (cut into pieces the size of an A3 sheet of paper first)



Recycling bin checklist

  • Remove lids and rinse containers in water.
    • Items that have been contaminated by food or liquids are disposed to landfill.
  • Collapse boxes and cartons flat and remove all packaging material.
  • Crush plastic bottles and cans to fit more items in your bin.
  • Don't smash glass bottles or jars, as small glass pieces cannot be recycled.
  • Place items loosely in the recycling bin. Recyclables that are contained in bags or boxes are sent to landfill.
    • (Small pieces of paper should be placed inside a tissue or cereal box)
  • No plastic bags! (empty or with contents)
    • Items placed in a plastic bag or stuffed inside boxes are NOT recycled. Staff are required under health and safety guidelines to avoid separating items. The contained items are sent to landfill.

What happens to my recyclable waste?

Co-mingled recycling bin waste is sorted at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to separate the recyclable waste items into their commodities:

  • paper (office, newspaper, envelopes, magazines)
  • cardboard (no wax-proof cardboard)
  • aluminium cans
  • steel cans and lids
  • glass bottles and jars
  • plastic containers and bottles (no polystyrene, plastic wrap or wrappers).

The recyclables are then baled and compacted and transported to other premises for reprocessing into new products. Recyclables from the Gympie Region go to the MRF at Hervey Bay.

Materials Recovery Facility Open Days and Tours

Gympie Regional Council has teamed up with Fraser Coast Council to host Open Days at the Cleanaway Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Hervey Bay on a regular basis.

Visitors to the MRF will have a unique opportunity to see what happens to their recyclable rubbish and learn more about why we recycle, and what can be recycled.

To find out when the next MRF tour is scheduled, please phone 1300 307 800.


Related information

Recyclers list