Recycling in the Shoalhaven

Yellow-lid bin guide

The Yellow-lid Bin Guide is produced specifically for Shoalhaven residents. It outlines how to recycle correctly via your yellow-lid kerbside bin, Council’s Recycling and Waste Depots and other local specialised recycling alternatives.

Your yellow kerbside bin

Domestic kerbside recycling in the Shoalhaven is a fortnightly service. Your recycling bin is picked up on the same day as your red-lid bin.

Textile recycling

Recycling of your old and unwanted textiles is now available at all Council Recycling and Waste Depots.

Textiles including clothing, bed linen, towels and more that were previously destined for landfill.

This program runs in partnership with Nowra based company DLG Australia to recycle textiles that are not fit for reuse. 

Look for our bright blue Textile Recycling Collection Bins to recycle your textiles for free!

Textiles accepted:

  • All clothing  
  • Bed linen  
  • Table linen  
  • Blankets  
  • Cushion covers  
  • Towels  
  • Handbags  
  • Small bags (such as day/backpacks and school bags)  
  • Shoes  
  • Curtains  
  • Car seat covers  
  • Rugs (small)  
  • Bath mats  
  • Belts  
  • Hats  
  • Cooler bags (textile not plastic)

Textiles not accepted:

  • Pillows, cushions, doonas
  • Mattress toppers
  • Sleeping bags 
  • Items containing foam or feathered stuffing
  • Wet or damp items (damp items stored in the clothing bin can lead to mould which impairs the recycling process)
  • Suitcases or large bags
  • Items need to be small enough to fit through the chute (no large sporting bags) 
  • Paint or chemical stained items 
  • Carpet or large rugs  

For more information view:

Soft plastics recycling

On 9 November 2022, REDcycle announced that the soft plastics recycling program has been temporarily paused. For more information and updates visit REDcycle.

Soft plastics include:

  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Pasta bags
  • Cereal box liners and more

Never place soft plastic in the yellow-lid bin. For the moment, soft plastics are to be disposed of into your red-lid kerbside bin or stockpiled at home until a suitable alternative solution is identified and set in place.

Recycling fact sheets

Follow Council’s Facebook page for a regular weekly Wednesday post on waste reduction and recycling.

For more extended information download a fact sheet:

Tip tours

Have you always wondered what happens to your waste once your bins have been emptied by the trucks?

Well why not come on one of our popular, behind-the-scene tours where you get to see how a well-engineered landfill operates and how Council manages the Shoalhaven's waste everyday.

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Home sustainability workshops

Council offers a range of workshops to residents to help you reduce waste and live more sustainably. Bookings through the Humanitix website are essential.

Bookings and more information

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A-Z recycling and waste disposal guide

Our A-Z of items you can responsibly recycle, repurpose or dispose of.


Reducing your Christmas waste

Household waste doubles over the Christmas period and most of it can be avoided.

See our factsheets for easy ways to reduce your Christmas waste: