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New standards for recycling

New national standards for recycling come into effect on 1 February 2024, with identical guidelines across the country for what items can and cannot be placed in kerbside recycling bins.

Items accepted in kerbside recycling bins from 1 February:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastic bottles, trays, and containers (grades 1, 2 and 5 only)
  • Tin, steel and aluminium cans

Items excluded from 1 February:

  • Items less than 50mm (e.g. caps, small cosmetic and spice containers)
  • Aerosol cans (steel and aluminium)
  • Liquid paperboard (beverage cartons and juice boxes)
  • Plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7
  • Aluminium foil and trays
  • All lids
  • Items over 4 litres

More information

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