Recycling Service - Yellow Lid

Yellow Bin Replacement.jpg Information Update Recycle Bin (Yellow Lid) Replacement Roll Out

As part of our new contracts Council is undertaking a proactive replacement of the majority of our recycling bins (yellow lid bin). Replacement of bins at one time is the most cost effective way to ensure all Council’s bins remain in a serviceable condition. All bins in the roll out area will be replaced regardless of their current age or condition. 

Your current recycling bin/s will be replaced with new Hills Shire Council branded bin/s. It is expected that the roll out could take up to eight weeks to complete and will begin in August, 2017.

Your new bin/s will be delivered before your old bin is removed. Further instructions regarding the process for the collection of your old bin/s will be attached to your new bin when delivered. All old recycling bin/s must be presented for collection and will be recycled or reused. This does not affect your green or red lid bins.

After the roll out is complete, the old bins must be returned to Cleanaway. Cleanaway are not authorised to empty bins with an old logo.    

New bins will not be allocated to new release areas including North Kellyville and Balmoral Road release area.

Should you require any further information on the roll out please call the Waste Hotline on 1800 623 895 or await the delivery of your new bin.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: If I live in a new development area will I receive a new bin?

A: No. Those residents within the Balmoral Road Release area and North Kellyville release areas will not have their bins changed over as most of the bins are quite new.


Q: How will my old bin be removed?

A: After your new bin is delivered you simply put your old bin out for emptying on your normal recycling night and leave it out. Your old bin will be taken by a separate truck in the days after it is emptied.


Q: My recycling bin is fine, why are you changing it?

A: Many of our recycling bins are reaching 20 years old and are more prone to breaking. It is far more cost effective to replace all the bins in the roll out area at one time than frequently replacing bins throughout the contract period.


Q: I paid for my bin so why can’t I keep it?

A: All bins that council services are owned by the Council. The contract for the roll out requires the old bins to be returned the contractor.


Q: What happens to my old bin?

A: Old bins are being collected by the contractor and will be reused or recycled.


Q: What if I’m away when the roll out occurs?

A: If you will be on holidays or away, please arrange for a neighbour, friend or relative to put your old recycle bin out on your normal recycling night. The bin should be left out for our contractor to remove. 


Q: Will I be receiving a new Red lid or Green lid bin?

A: No. The roll out only affects the yellow lid recycling bins.


Q: Will the new bin have an Radio Frequently Identification Device (RFID tag), tracking device or any similar scanning device fitted?

A: No. our new bins do not have any such scanning or surveillance devices included. Our new bins will have a serial number only.


Q: Is the new bin smaller?

A: The new bin is the same size as your current recycling bin.


Q: Will there be changes or our current scheduled fortnightly pick-up?

A: Council's recycling service will remain a fortnightly service.



Your Recycling Service

Please take care: Plastic bags are not recyclable through the household recycling service. Please DO NOT place recyclables inside a plastic bag or place plastic bags in the recycling bin. Check to see if the local supermarket recycles plastic bags or alternatively, re-use them or dispose of them in the garbage bin.

Remember, bins should not be overfilled or overflowing as the collection vehicles can only lift bins with a maximum weight of 70kg. Anything above this weight may result in the bin not being emptied.

Acceptable Recycling Items

  • Paper, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, telephone books, cereal boxes, envelopes, junk mail, pizza boxes (food removed), shredded paper (please note: shredded paper cannot be placed into the recycling bin loose. It must be wrapped in newspaper or placed inside a brown paper bag).
  • Glass bottles and jars (with lids on)
  • All steel/tin cans including empty pet food tins
  • Empty aluminium cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • All plastic containers including tubs, bottles and jars.
  • Milk and juice cartons


Non Acceptable Items

  • Waxed cardboard (e.g. old fruit boxes)
  • Ceramic plates, drinking glass, pyrex, window glass, any broken glass, crockery
  • Polystyrene, bubble wrap, plastic bags shrink wrap or strapping, soft plastics (see soft plastics section below for further information)
  • Meat trays, disposable nappies, clothing, shoes
  • Polystyrene
  • Hazardous materials such as chemicals
  • Liquids
  • Medical waste including syringes and dialysis bags
  • Other items not listed under the acceptable recycling items heading above

Important message: Council will be monitoring this recycling service. Penalties may apply for non-compliance. Please make sure your recycling efforts count and DO THE RIGHT BIN.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to rinse my recyclables before placing into the yellow lidded recycling bin?

In the Hills Shire, it is not a requirement to rinse containers, bottles or cans, however they do need to be completely empty before placing into the household yellow lidded recycling bin.

You may like to give bottles and containers a rinse during the warmer months, particularly if they contained dairy. This may help to reduce odour in the bin.

Do I leave the lids on containers, bottles and jars?

Yes, lids can be left on all containers, bottles and jars. Please make sure the item is empty before putting the lid on and placing in the yellow lidded recycling bin?

What do I do with soft plastics?

Soft plastics (the kind which can be scrunched into a ball e.g. plastic bags, bread bags, pasta packets, biscuit packets (not the tray) lolly wrappers etc.) cannot be recovered through the household yellow lidded recycling bin; check to see if your local supermarket accepts them for recycling. See  for more information.

Alternatively, soft plastics may be placed in the household red lidded garbage bin for disposal.

Do you recognise the ‘Chasing Arrows Triangle’ as a recycling symbol?

This symbol is called the Mobius loop, and is widely recognised as indicating a plastic item is recyclable.

Have you seen plastics marked with triangles that contain numbers? They are plastics identification codes and the number indicates the type of plastic the item is made from.

The good news is that it is not necessary to check the number or search for a Mobius loop.

As a general rule, disposable plastic containers include those found in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry such as milk, soft drink and juice bottles, ice cream containers, peanut butter jars, fruit punnets, biscuit trays, plastic takeaway food containers, margarine and yoghurt tubs,  laundry liquid containers, shampoo bottles and liquid soap bottles may be placed in the yellow lidded recycling bin.

Those that should stay out of the recycling bin include plastics which are contaminated, or don’t meet the criteria including plastic bags, hazardous chemical containers, CDs, DVDs and VHS Tapes, hoses, pipes and coat hangers.


For more information, contact the Resource Recovery Education Officer on 9843 0505.


Bin Presentation

  • Bins should be presented one metre apart
  • Bins should be placed out for collection the night before collection day
  • Bin lids should open facing the road
  • Bins should be presented a distance from trees, telegraph poles or other obstacles which may cause difficulty for the truck to collect
  • Bins should not be overfilled or overflowing as the collection vehicles can only lift bins to a maximum weight of 70kg. Anything above this weight may result in non collection of the bin.
  • To ensure a safe and efficient collection service residents living in cul-de-sacs may be asked to present bins in an alternative location to the front of their property. 

Remember collection day can be exciting for children - To ensure their safety make sure they are watching from a safe distance.