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).

» Download the Gympie Council Recycling Guide app for iOS and Android.

What can I put in my recycling bin?

Did you know? Contaminated recyclable items affect the entire recyclable truck load and result in all or part of the load being disposed to landfill.

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 and lids Plastic bags and soft plastic items
Aerosol cans (remove plastic lids and spray tops) Liquid paperboard - milk and juice cartons
Glass bottles and jars (remove lids) Plastic containers and bottles - recyclable triangle 7
Plastic containers and bottles - recyclable triangle 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 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)
  Hazardous chemical containers
  Motor oil containers
  Light bulbs
  Ceramics and ovenware
  Glass (e.g. window or kitchen glassware)
  Scrap metal

Recycling styrofoam and soft plastic packaging

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, and would otherwise end up in landfill. Contact them for further information on (07) 5483 1513 or at

The REDcycle Program makes it easy for you to keep soft plastic packaging out of landfill. How does it work?

  1. Collect all the soft plastics that you can't recycle at home.
  2. Drop them into the REDcycle bin at your nearest participating supermarket.
  3. Your packaging will be recycled into outdoor furniture for primary schools and pre-schools.

The material will be collected and processed by the RED Group and then shipped to Australian-based manufacturer Replas, where it will be reprocessed into amazing new products.

Yes please! No thanks!
Bread bags Plastic bottles
Biscuit packets Plastic containers
Frozen food bags Glass
Rice and pasta bags Paper and cardboard
Confectionery packets Tin cans
Cereal box liners Food waste
Newspaper wrap  
Plastic shopping bags  
Old green bags  

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.
    This makes for easy sorting. Recyclables that are not loose and contained in bags or boxes is sent to landfill. Under health and safety guidelines, staff at the materials recovery facility must avoid separating items.
  • 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, liquid paperboard or tetra paks)
  • 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.

See recycling in action!

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, why we recycle, and what can be recycled.

Although the MRF is not in operation during the day for safety reasons, a virtual tour is provided and interactive activities presented in a fun and informative way, including ‘Smart Shopping’, where visitors scan items to see if it is a smart shopping choice.

The next MRF Open Day and Tour at Hervey Bay MRF will be held on 11 April 2017 (10:00am - 12:00pm). A free bus will depart from Nelson Reserve, between Memorial Pool and the stage at 8.15am. All participants must wear enclosed shoes or entry to the MRF will be denied. Morning tea will be provided on arrival at the MRF and lunch will be provided after the presentation and MRF Tour. The bus will return to Gympie at approximately 2.30pm. For bookings, phone 1300 307 800.


Related information

Recyclers list