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).
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.
Paper (office, newspaper, envelopes, magazines)
|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|
|Ceramics and ovenware|
|Glass (e.g. window or kitchen glassware)|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The REDcycle Program makes it easy for you to keep soft plastic packaging out of landfill. How does it work?
- Collect all the soft plastics that you can't recycle at home.
- Drop them into the REDcycle bin at your nearest participating supermarket.
- 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 new products, such as park seating and bollards which Council also purchases.
|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|
|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. 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, 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 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.