Recycling Information

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What can be recycled?

Sustainability Victoria has some excellent guides on general recycling.

There is lots of good information on what to do with your household waste, unwanted furniture or other household items, what you can to do with food or garden waste, this site makes your household recycling easier to understand.


What can I place in my recycling bin?

There are a number of items that are easily recycled, below is a list of what can go in Horsham's yellow lid wheelie bin, just as important is to reduce contamination in the recycling bin, see the list below for what doesn't go in the bin.

Contamination is one of the biggest issues in the local recycling program, contaminated loads are directly sent to landfill rather than being recycled, this means that the community ends up paying for recycling to go to landfill!

To further understand recycling and reducing waste take a look at the Sustainability Victoria Website.

  • Empty rigid plastic bottles and containers
  • Empty steel food cans, aluminium cans and foil
  • Empty glass jars and bottles.
  • Metal lids can go in too, but separately
  • Clean paper and cardboard.

  • All recycling must be placed in the bin loose (do not bag it!)
  • Liquid paperboard (eg. juice boxes or long-life milk packaging)
  • Disposable coffee cups
  • Clothes
  • Soft plastics (however, they can be recycled if you drop them at a Redcycle collection point
  • Wet wipes 
  • Paper towel
  • Tissues
  • Nappies
  • Polystyrene (can be taken to a transfer station)
  • Food scraps

What can I place in my garbage bin?

  • Rubbish
  • Ceramics
  • Nappies (empty and wrapped)
  • Food scraps
  • Other plastics such as plastic bags and plastic plant pots
  • Wrapped broken glass, mirrors, pyrex and lamps.
  • Green waste
  • e-Waste
  • Recyclables
  • Hot ashes
  • Oil
  • Paint
  • Chemicals or solvents
  • Liquids
  • Syringes
  • Unwrapped vacuum dust, ashes, sawdust, or other like substance
  • Medical waste
  • Excess packaging, plastic or polystyrene
  • Fluorescent tubes and CFL's
  • Timber or building materials (bricks, steel or concrete)
  • Sewage or other matter which could cause injury or danger to any person
  • Solid, liquid or other material likely to damage the receptacle or waste collection vehicle