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Recycling bin collection

Knox City Council has fortnightly recycling bin collections for reusable and recyclable materials.

Knox Council recycling bins have a blue lid.

When to put your recycling bin out

Your bins are emptied on the same day each week, once a fortnight, including all public holidays. They should be placed at the collection point by 6am of your collection day.

To check when your recycling collection day is, see:

Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000.

What goes in your recycling bin

Put all recyclable items into your bin loose. They won't be sorted if packed in plastic bags.

Use your blue lid bin for:

  • wrapping paper, greeting cards, envelopes (with or without a window)
  • magazines and newspapers
  • egg cartons and pizza boxes (make sure they are empty)
  • paper and cardboard (no need to take off tape or staples first)
  • phone books
  • compact disc cases (no discs)
  • aluminium and steel aerosol cans (only if completely empty)
  • hard plastic packaging and food containers (e.g. any plastic that is rigid and holds its shape)
  • aluminium baking trays
  • aluminium foil – scrunched into a loose ball
  • steel or aluminium cans and tins (if pet food or seafood tins, rinse if worried about the smell)
  • glass bottles and jars without lids (empty, don't need to rinse)
  • milk and juice cartons or bottles (empty, with lids removed)
  • plastic bottles (empty, with lids removed).

What doesn't go in your recycling bin

Do not use your blue lid bin for:

  • soft plastics
  • plastic bags (any recyclables kept together plastic bags will end up in landfill)
  • general rubbish and waste
  • green waste
  • timber, bricks, rubble, steel, or building materials
  • syringes
  • fluids or liquids, including motor oil, pesticides, paints or solvents
  • hot ashes (must be completely cold to put in the bin)
  • batteries
  • chemicals or hazardous waste (these produce toxic odours or may cause a fire)
  • e-waste (any electronic item that needs a cord or runs off batteries).

You can dispose of these in your green waste bin, with a hard waste collection or at the Knox Transfer Station.

Soft plastics

REDcycle's soft plastic recycling program is currently on pause. Please put all soft plastics in your household rubbish bin until further notice.

A–Z Guide to Waste and Recycling

View Council's guide to waste and recycling in Knox:

View A–Z guide to waste and recycling 

Bin requests, stolen bins and missed collections

Organise a missed recycling bin collection or a bin replacement online.

Request a new bin service

Report a damaged bin

Report a missed bin collection

Report a stolen or missing bin


Anything that uses batteries or a power cord is e-waste. Do not put e-waste in rubbish or recycling bins.

To find out more about e-waste visit our e-waste page.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Customer Service team on 9298 8000

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