Recycle Right!

Recycling is an excellent way to help reduce the:
  • volume of waste sent to landfill.
  • amount of raw materials extracted from the environment, saving water, energy, natural resources and greenhouse gases.
  • costs associated with waste disposal and the manufacture of new products.

In order to ensure the material in our yellow bins continues to be recycled, we need to keep it simple, keep it clean and keep it coming 'round. Please follow the six Recycle Right messages below for using your yellow lid recycling bin:

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Recycle Right #1 - Keep it Simple
Only Recycle:

  • Hard plastic bottles and containers
  • Glass bottle and jars
  • Steel and aluminium cans
  • Paper and cardboard
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Recycle Right #2 - Keep Out Soft Plastics
Keep Out:

  • All soft plastics, including bags, plastic wrapping, chip packets and bread bags
  • No degradable nor biodegradable plastic bags – these belong in the landfill bin
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Recycle Right #3 - Keep Out Small Items
Don’t place anything smaller than a credit card into your recycling bin, this includes:

  • Drink bottle lids (including milk bottle lids)
  • Bread tags
  • Bottle tops
  • Shredded paper

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Recycle Right #4 - Keep it Safe
Keep it safe for our Material Recovery Facility (MRF) workers and machines. This means nothing hazardous that can harm our workers or anything that can damage the machines.

Keep out:

  • strapping line, netting, wires
  • cords and cables
  • hose
  • building materials
  • broken glass
  • chemicals and other hazardous materials
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Recycle Right #5 - Keep it Clean
Keep it clean by rinsing or wiping out your containers of any excess food, drink etc.

Keep out:

  • NO food scraps
  • NO nappies
  • NO soiled paper or cardboard
  • NO general waste
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Recycle Right #6 - Keep it Loose
Place your recyclables loose into your recycling bin.

  • Don’t bag or box your recyclables
  • Make sure lids are removed and containers are empty of food and fluids
​Does recycling collected from our yellow lidded bins actually get recycled?

YES!! The recyclables collected in all areas across our region are being transported and processed at the Materials Recovery Facility in Hume, ACT and NOT going to landfill!

In fact – around 90% of uncontaminated recyclables collected and sorted through the facility in Hume are reprocessed here in Australia.

Recycling may be sent to landfill if it is too heavily contaminated. It is harder to sell on domestic and international markets, may contribute to stockpiling on site and can create serious safety issues for staff. So keep it simple, keep it clean and keep it coming 'round.
Learn more via the adjacent video and let's keep recycling!

Recycling saves raw materials

The table below shows what your recycling is turned into and the savings this equates to:

gets recycles into...

where it gets processed...

and saves...



Locally in civil markers for a variety of purposes including road base

48% of raw materials


Packaging, furniture, garbage bins and even clothing

PET Plastic (e.g. soft drink bottles) transported to Sydney for remanufacture

HDPE Plastic (e.g. milk bottles) usually sent to Narrabri, NSW for remanufacturing

Mixed Plastic is traditionally sold as feedstock to international markets

98% of raw materials and 6.2 kg of crude oil per household


Food cans, machinery, appliances, train tracks or guitar strings

Sold as feedstock to international markets for a good resale value

89% of raw materials


Drinks cans or aluminium foil

Aluminium smelter in QLD

81% of raw materials

Paper & Cardboard    

Cardboard, paper based packaging or print paper

Visy paper mill in Tumut, NSW for processing into recycled product

51% of the environmental impact of using virgin material

Recycling Services
Planet Ark Fact Sheets
  1. Where does my Recycling Go?

    Where does my Recycling Go?

    The ReGroup Materials Recovery Facility in Hume is one of the best comingled sorting facilities in Australia.

  2. Community Recycling Centre

    Community Recycling Centre

    Council has two Community Recycling Centre's located at Jindabyne Landfill and Cooma Landfill. The centres provide convenient disposal of problem waste free of charge to the community.

  3. Australasian Recycling Label

    Australasian Recycling Label

    The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) is an evidence-based standardised system that provides you with easy to understand recycling information for packaging, it shows what needs to be done to dispose of packaging.

  4. Agricultural Chemical drumMUSTER Containers

    Agricultural Chemical drumMUSTER Containers

    drumMUSTER provides the best solution to the problem of disposing of empty chemical containers. It is cleaner, safer and more cost effective than other disposal methods.

  5. Fluorescent Tubes

    Fluorescent Tubes

    Fluorescent Tubes and Globes can be dropped off FREE OF CHARGE at the Snowy River Community Recycling Centre and Cooma Community Recycling Centre.

  6. Household Batteries

    Household Batteries

    You can drop off your household batteries at all of Council's offices and waste facilities

  7. Mobile Phones

    Mobile Phones

    You can drop off your old mobile phones, batteries and accessories at Council's offices and waste facilities. These will be recycled by the product stewardship program MobileMuster

  8. Printer Cartridges

    Printer Cartridges

    All of the printer cartridges put into a Council's ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ box are sent to Planet Ark’s recycling partner, Close the Loop®, in Melbourne.

  9. NSW Container Deposit Scheme

    NSW Container Deposit Scheme

    Collection points have been established in the Snowy Monaro region at Bombala, Cooma and Jindabyne. Providing 10 cent refund as part of the NSW Government's container deposit scheme Return and Earn.

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