When is our recycling collected?
Your recycling bin will be picked up every fortnight on the same day as the garbage collection. Please refer to the address search above to check your next collection.
What colour is the recycling bin?
Your recycling bin has a green body with a yellow lid.
What can we put in our recycling bin?
You can place the following items in your recycling bin.
- Paper and cardboard
- Glass bottles and jars (lids removed)
- Milk and juice cartons
- Steel and Aluminum cans
- Plastic bottles and containers
Can the glass bottles and jar lids be recycled?
Yes if it is made of hard plastic, steel or aluminium, it can be recycyled.
What can’t be recycled?
The following items cannot be recycled.
- Plastic bags
- Medical waste
- Polystyrene foam
- Garden waste
- Food scraps
- Chemicals and Oils
Why do items need to go into the recycling bin loose? Why can’t I use a plastic bag?
The machines that process your recycling can’t sort the items if they are in a plastic bag. There are also workers involved in the recycling process and if bags are filled with items other than your recycling, like food scraps, dirty items like nappies or dangerous items like toxic chemicals and syringes, it could put the worker at risk of danger and disease.
Can soft plastic/flexible plastics like cling wrap or pasta packets go into my recycling bin?
Unfortunately, soft plastic items are not able to be recycled.
Do I need to wash or rinse containers before I put them in the recycling bin?
No, you just need to empty any remaining scraps or leftover content.
However, due to the extreme temperatures in this area we strongly recommend a quick wash. Instead of wasting clean water why not use your left over washing-up water.
Why can I only recycle glass bottles and jars?
Other types of glass such as windows and drinking glasses are not compatible with the kerbside recycling system. They are made from different types of glass to bottles and jars.
Glass is recycled by melting it down, and generally these types of non-packaging glass are heat resistant and are harder to melt. Some drinking glasses also contain crystal which is also hard to melt.
Do I have to remove the plastic windows from envelopes?
No, you can recycle paper envelopes without removing the window.
Where do I place my recycling bin?
Place your recycle bin alongside your general bin on the kerbside – no later than 6am on the day of pickup. Ensure your bins are at least 50 cm apart.
What happens to the recycling after it is collected?
The recyclables are transported to the Moree Plains Cleanaway transfer station. It is then transferred to Challenge Community Services Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Narrabri where it is sorted and baled.
When do my bins get emptied?
Your general waste bin is emptied weekly, whilst your recycling and organics bins are emptied fortnightly on alternate weeks. Please enter your address in the Collection Calendar tab to check your next pickup date.
What colour is the general household waste bin?
Your general waste bin has a green body with a red lid.
What should I do if my bin gets missed?
If your bin is missed please call Cleanaway (Waste provider) on 1300 736 719.
What should I do if my bin gets stolen or damaged?
If your bin is stolen or damaged please contact Moree Plains Shire Council on 6757 3222 or www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au
I have just built a new house and need general and recycling household bins. How do I organise this?
If you require a new general waste or recycling bin please contact Moree Plains Shire Council on 6757 3222 or www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au
What can’t we put in our general household bin?
The following items cannot be placed in your general household bin.
- Lengths of steel and wood
- Gas bottles
- Garden hose and rope (unless cut into half metre lengths)
- Engine oils/fluids
- Lawn clippings (unless bagged)
- Steel cable
- Paints, chemicals and building materials
- Car batteries
- Hot ashes
- Engine parts
- Syringes and medical wastes
Can I recycle Mobile Phones?
Mobile phones can be dropped off at Council branch offices or participating retail outlets for recycling.
Can I recycle Unwanted or Expired Medicines?
Unwanted or expired medicines can be returned to any pharmacy at any time.
Can I recycle Printer and Toner Cartridges?
You can take your old printer or toner cartridges to Council branch offices or participating retail outlets for recycling.
Can I leave loose bags of rubbish next to my bin?
Unfortunately, all rubbish must be placed inside the bin.
What do I do if I fill my bin and have more rubbish?
You must not over fill a bin. The maximum weight is 50kg and the lid should be closed. Additional waste can be taken to your local landfill or transfer station. An additional bin can be supplied – please contact your local council for more information on fees and charges.
Can I dispose of farm chemicals?
There is an Annual Rural and Household Chemical Clean up in July/August.
For more information, please refer to Council’s website www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au
How do I dispose of sharps?
Take them to the free community sharps disposal bins which are highlighted in the map on the Waste Service Guide tab.