Did you know that just one contaminated item can ruin an entire truckload of recycled waste? A contaminated item is anything that is not listed as being allowed in a kerbside recycling bin and they can cause major headaches at recycling plants. Here at Rubbish Removal Gold Coast, we are interested in everything to do with rubbish so we thought we’d take a closer look at what can and can’t be recycled. Remember, what can and can’t be recycled may vary slightly between councils but in Queensland, generally, the same rules apply.

What Can You Recycle?

Most people think that they need to empty and clean all their recyclables before they put them in the bin. While councils do prefer that recyclables are clean to reduce odour and promote a safe workplace, items with residues are still acceptable. So, make sure you put all of these items into your recycling bin.

  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Plastic Bottles and Containers
  • Cardboard
  • Newspapers
  • Junk Mail & Magazines
  • Cartons
  • Loose Paper
  • Aluminium steel cans and empty aerosol cans

Keep These Items Out Of Your Recycling Bin

Plastic bags and glad wrap are two of the worst offenders when it comes to items that don’t belong in your recycling bin. Other items that should NEVER be mixed in with your recycling include:

  • All Food Scraps
  • Nappies
  • Green Waste or Soil
  • Building Waste (tiles, bricks etc)
  • Polystyrene or Styrofoam
  • Ceramics or Crockery

For more information visit City Of Gold Coast’s waste and recycling guide.

Help With Rubbish Removal

If you need help recycling any of the items on the “keep out’ list, contact Rubbish Removal Gold Coast. Our rubbish recycling service can take care of all your e-waste, old furniture, white goods, garden waste and much more.