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

Bookings for our popular behind-the-scenes tours of the West Nowra Recycling and Waste Depot will re-open in Autumn.

Buy-back centres (Tip shops)

Your trash could be someone else's treasure.

Buy-back centres are a great way to re-home unwanted household items and give them a second life.

Items that the gate operator credits as re-sale worthy will be accepted for free!

Items we may accept include:

  • Furniture
  • Sporting equipment
  • Garden tools
  • Doors
  • Window frames
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Toys
  • Crockery

Due to safety reasons we cannot accept lighting, power tools or other electronic items.

Buy-back centres are located at the following recycling and waste depots:


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:

Yellow bin fridge magnet

The yellow bin fridge magnet has been produced specifically for Shoalhaven residents. It clearly shows you the items that are accepted in your yellow-lid kerbside recycling bin. Many of these items are found in the kitchen.

Magnets are available at the Nowra Administration Centre and any of the Shoalhaven Library locations, or you can email to order one.

Get yours today and help everyone in your household get recycling right.

Sustainability education for schools

A photo of two actors in green costumes holding miniature red and yellow lid bins.

Eaton Gorge Theatre Company have a long association with Shoalhaven City Council, delivering important environmental messages for young audiences.

Shows focus on waste reduction, re-using and recycling, and are appropriate for Stages P - 6.

These fun, highly entertaining performances offer plenty of audience participation with the adults in the room learning something too! Early education about our environmental impact can be the starting point for adopting lifelong sustainable habits.

Catering to small and large audiences, shows are 30 - 50 minutes (depending on age-group) with a 1 hour pre-show preparation time. This show is FREE to schools in the Shoalhaven courtesy of Shoalhaven City Council

Please note: Bookings can only be arranged by schools.

Please contact Eaton Gorge Theatre Company via email at to book a performance at your school.

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