Shoalhaven City Council provides a weekly kerbside bin collection service for your red-lid bins and a fortnightly collection for your yellow-lid bins. Our Yellow Bin Recycling Calendar provides a simple guide to collection days.

  • Red-lid bins are for your general household waste
  • Yellow-lid bins are for recycling household items only

See our complete Yellow-lid Bin Guide to know the ins and outs of what goes in your kerbside bins.

Bins are collected throughout the Shoalhaven by SUEZ (Council's contractor).

Learn more about options for recycling household waste items as well as how to get your bin repaired, replaced, upsized or downsized.

Red-lid bins

Red-lid bin waste goes straight into landfill.

Red-lid bins are ONLY for general domestic mixed waste including:

  • Contaminated paper/cardboard
  • Take-away coffee cups
  • Plastic hoses, binding and strapping
  • Used hygiene products such as face masks and nappies
  • Meat waste, kitty litter and pet poo

Items that should NEVER go in your red-lid bin:

Items that don’t need to go into your red-lid bins:

  • Non-meat food waste, lawn clippings and shredded paper – add to your compost 
  • Soft plastics – major supermarkets have soft plastics return bins
  • Textiles – reuse as household rags, donate quality clothing
  • Clean polystyrene foam – free drop off at your local Recycling and Waste Depot

See our complete Yellow-lid Bin Guide to know the ins and outs of what goes in your kerbside bins.

Yellow-lid bins

Yellow-lid bins are for recycling household items including:

  • Glass bottles & jars all colours
  • Paper, flattened cardboard & drink cartons e.g. milk/juice cartons
  • Rigid plastic containers e.g. drink/milk/shampoo/detergent bottles, ice cream containers
  • Plastic containers used for biscuits, take-aways, fruit
  • Steel cans e.g. pet food cans, baked bean tins
  • Aluminium foil & cans
  • Aerosol cans – just take the nozzle off
  • Metal lids


  • Rinse off recyclables with leftover dishwater not freshwater
  • Never put recyclables into a plastic shopping bag as the bag and contents don’t get sorted - they go straight into landfill
  • Keep up to date with National Recycling Guidelines currently being rolled out for supermarket packaging

Items that should NEVER go in your yellow-lid bin:

  • Soft plastics including empty bread bags, empty rice, frozen food and pasta packets, cereal box liners and plastic shopping bags. These soft plastics can be returned to the big supermarkets for specialised recycling. A full list of what soft plastics are accepted at the supermarkets can be found at REDcycle
  • Clothing, footwear, blankets and other textiles
  • Garden waste
  • Food waste
  • Take-away coffee cups
  • Scrap metal
  • Toys
  • Window glass, mirrors, drinking glasses
  • Ceramic crockery
  • Batteries of any kind
  • Polystyrene
  • Contaminated paper/cardboard e.g. pizza cartons
  • Chemicals and poisons

It’s important to put the right items in the right bin. Many of the items listed above can be recycled for free at our Recycling and Waste Depots. See our complete Yellow-lid Bin Guide to learn more.

Putting bins out

Make sure your waste and recycling bins are put out on the kerb the night before bin collection is due.

Bins must be at least one (1) metre from other bins, parked cars, trees, power poles and street signs.


 Place your bins at least 1 metre apart from all objects

Do not place bins in the gutter, under power lines, and do not overfill

What day are my bins collected?

To find out your bin collection days, go to the My Area page and enter your address details.

You can also check the Yellow Bin Recycling calendar for your collection schedule and page two (2) will display suburbs in Area one (1) and Area two (2).

Learn more on our Recycling & Waste Collection Days page.

Bin sizes and costs

Each bin service includes a yellow-lid 240 litre recycle bin.

  • Small service 80 litre red-lid bin - $335 per annum
  • Standard service 120 litre red-lid bin - $441 per annum
  • Large service 240 litre red-lid bin - $767 per annum
  • Additional yellow-lid recycle bin - $90 per annum

For more information on large service options view:

Bin repairs

All bin repairs are carried out by SUEZ (Council's contractor) at no cost to the resident.

My bin was stolen!

Stolen bins will be replaced free of charge.

Can I change bin size?

Only the property owner can change the size of the bin and an amended Rates Notice will be sent to them with the new rate instalments.

  • To upsize a bin, contact Recycling & Waste Services (Please note: there is an administration fee of $40 payable upfront for all bin upsize service requests)

Can I order an extra bin?

Yes. Extra bins can be ordered by the property owner. The minimum period you can keep an extra bin is 6 months.

New homeowners' bins and bin collection

To start a new bin collection (recycling & waste) service the owner of the property must request it.

Once a bin size is chosen, Council will arrange for SUEZ (Council's contractor) to deliver the bins within five (5) working days. The charge will appear on the property rates notice.





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Last updated on 18 August 2022