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If you are getting started with your journey to recycling, a few tips and reminders are always helpful. These tricks can help you in making recycling easier. A majority of the waste management method includes sorting trash. Be an expert in segregating trash to lessen future efforts you’ll need. The spare energy and time you have can be for learning new things.

On top of lessening time to sort garbage out, you are helping out others too. Waste collectors and rubbish inspectors go through your trash. The yellow bin is for acceptable recyclables. They are the ones doing most of the work in waste management programs by the city and respective local councils. To save time for these people and yourself, there are items you should never put with your recyclables.

Plastic bags and soft plastic

Plastic bags are usually packaging material for general items. However, they can cause damage to recycling facilities. They can jam machines and are unrecyclable in those facilities, especially those that are part of the waste programs. Don’t include them with recyclables.

Do a scrunch test to rule out soft plastics. If the plastic easily scrunches into a ball, keep them away from recyclables. There are other programs more suitable for these plastics.


In current waste management programs in Sydney, polystyrene is not eligible for recycling. General polystyrene includes packaging material for meat and other goods. A more common use of polystyrene is styrofoam. Since it’s light and cheap, many people use it as a pack and cushion. However, they aren’t very viable for recycling. Keep them away from recyclables.

Selected glass items

Glass is one of the most widely recycled materials. However, there are exceptions to the recyclable bin that Sydney’s waste management programs state. Don’t put with your recyclables any light globes, mirrors or pyrex. They have different waste management methods.

Sharp Objects and syringes

Some waste types are infectious and labelled hazardous. Sharps and syringes are one of those. To anyone who is going to handle your waste, it can be harmful to have these items. Medical waste and other clinical waste have different method of disposal. Make sure to separate them from acceptable recyclables.


For most locations, nappies are not recyclable waste. It contains biological waste that can turn hazardous too. The other parts of a soiled nappy aren’t compostable either. If your household uses nappies, have a separate container for them until final disposal.

Tissue paper and napkins

Paper waste is generally recyclable, however, soiled paper products are not. Used tissue and napkins should never be part of your recyclables. What you can do is apply composting to soiled tissue paper and used napkins.

Mixed materials

Since most items have smaller parts and material, mixed material waste is generally not allowed in recyclables. The best thing to do is to take apart these waste to their components and then classify them after.

Items that have cardboard, foil, plastic and metal are not considered recyclable. put away milk cartons, tetra packs and coffee packets away from the recyclables. If you have them inside the bin, collectors might not accept and collect your whole rubbish on the scheduled date.

Let Paul’s Rubbish Removal handle your other waste

We know it’s frustrating to have trash left behind. When you want to dispose of everything, the purpose is to get rid of all the waste in your home. To lessen that problem, we are here to collect the items that are not part of the recyclables list. Paul’s Rubbish Removal also finds ways to recycle them differently. Let our team handle your other unwanted waste. 

For same-day rubbish removal, simply call us at 0407 125 125 anytime! We have other rubbish removal services as well, including carpet removal, garden waste removal, scrap metal removal and more. All you need to do is contact us! We are available 24/7 for all your rubbish removal needs.

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann

Sarah Ann is a Digital Content Writer for Paul's Rubbish Removal. Sarah is a huge advocate for recycling, environmental sustainability, health and well-being and has a genuine love for all sea animals. Keep up with Sarah by following Paul's Rubbish Removal blog!

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