Reducing Waste


Did you know... 28 million kg of waste is collected from Shoalhaven households each year and goes into landfill? Red-lid bin waste goes straight into landfill where often valuable reusables and recyclables are lost.

A lot of what we think of as waste is a valuable resource that can be reused and recycled. Recycling reduces pressure on our natural resources and helps protect our diverse and beautiful environment by reducing the amount of waste going into landfill.

Here are the many ways you can reuse and recycle valuable materials and reduce waste.

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Three (3) ways to minimise waste

Avoid waste

  • Think reusable over single use
  • Avoid excess packaging
  • Think when you shop to avoid excess and ‘junk’ buys


  • Do you need to buy new when pre-loved will do?
  • Find a new home for your pre-loved items
  • Can it be repaired?


  • Most things can be recycled and a lot of it for free
  • When you get into good recycling habits you will find how little of your ‘waste’ needs to go into the red-lid landfill bin

Yellow-lid bin guide

Start here with your complete Yellow-lid Bin Guide.

Yellow-lid bin collection

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.

Go to the My Area page to enter your address and see what day your garbage is collected.

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

WasteLess Wednesday

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

For more extended information download a fact sheet:

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:

Tip tours

Due to COVID-19, all Tip Tours have been postponed. Tip Tours will be re-instated when the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed and we are advised they are once again safe to run. Stay informed on local developments and Council’s evolving response to the coronavirus pandemic via our COVID-19 page.

Recycling tips

When you recycle and repurpose you find out how little household waste needs to go to landfill.

  • Use sink or dishwashing water to rinse recyclables - never use fresh water
  • Paper and cardboard contaminated with food can be used for wrapping food scraps, making compost, mulch etc. but can not be recycled in yellow-lid bins
  • Waxed cardboard cartons, e.g. fruit and vegetable boxes, plastic coated cereal bags, must not go in your recycling bins
  • Crush cans to save space in your yellow-lid recycling bin - check them first for foreign objects e.g. stones, as these may interfere with the recycling process
  • All steel cans are recyclable, even: aerosols, food, sardine and baby food tins. If you’re not sure if it is a steel can you can use a fridge magnet to check it - steel is magnetic! 
  • Plastic shopping bags can not go in the yellow-lid recycling bins as they interfere with the recycling process and should be avoided!
  • Recycle soft plastics at Coles/Woolworths REDcycle drop-off bins. Soft plastics include bread, rice, frozen food and pasta bags, plastic bags and cereal box liners.

For the full list see of soft plastics accepted for recycling at the supermarket drop-off bins, REDcycle.

Last updated on 19 July 2021