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Recycling Collection

Your recycling bin has a yellow lid and is emptied fortnightly on the alternate week to your garden organics bin (find out your next recycling collection date here) .  The recycling service is contracted to Hunter Resource Recovery (HRR). Use the Hunter Resource Recovery website or hotline (1800 838 884) to find out when your recycling is next collected and report any issues with the bin (such as repairs, replacements or complaints).

Following recent media articles about China’s new restrictions on the importation of recycling material, Cessnock residents are encouraged to continue using their yellow recycling bin and that there is no impact on kerbside recycling services. Council is committed to sustainable waste management and does not intend to send any recycling to landfill. We will continue to work with the Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils and the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority to investigate the most sustainable waste disposal options and resource recovery techniques.

The Return and Earn container deposit scheme also allows consumers to return containers at three locations across the LGA, in exchange for a 10 cent refund. A full list of items and locations can be found at

 What can go in your recycling bin:

  • paper and cardboard

such as newspapers, glossy magazines, books, envelopes, telephone books, empty pizza boxes and long life juice and milk containers

  • glass bottles and jars
  • steel and aluminum tins and cans

such as aerosol spray cans, pet food cans, food tins, drink cans, clean aluminium foil and trays, as well as steel and aluminium pots and pans and empty dried paint tins

  • all rigid plastic liquid and food containers

such as fruit punnets, biscuit trays, empty ice cream containers, shampoo and conditioner bottles, empty takeaway containers, margarine tubs, as well as deodorant bottles, small garden plant pots, disposable plastic cutlery and crockery, Tupperware and CD cases (without the CDs).

For a detailed list of what can go in your recycling bin, download the A- Z Guide, visit recycleright or see the sticker inside your recycling bin lid.

DO NOT put in your recycling bin:

  • plastic bags, cling wrap, chip packets, bubble wrap and any other "scrunchy" plastic packaging (these items can be recycled through the REDcycle program at participating supermarkets).                                                           
  • foam and polystyrene
  • drinking glassware (glass cups, wine glasses etc.)
  • crockery or Pyrex
  • light globes
  • videos and cassette tapes
  • motor oil containers
  • timber building waste
  • gas cylinders
  • liquid wastes such as, chemicals, paints, and oils
  • batteries, explosive, flammable, corrosive, toxic or radioactive wastes, pharmaceutical, clinical and sharps wastes
  • tyres
  • window glass and mirrors

Visit other household waste to find out how to recycle items not accepted in your recycling bin.


Hits and tips for your recycling:

  • Leave your bin on the kerb for collection by 5.30am.
  • Ensure your bin lid is closed.
  • Avoid overloading your bin, the maximum weight of your recycling bin should not exceed 80 kilograms for either the standard 240 litre bin or upsized 360 litre bin.
  • Place your bin at the kerbside at least one metre away from your garbage bin or other obstructions.
  • Put recyclables loosely in the bin – not in plastic bags.
  • Containers must be free of food and liquid but rinsing is not required.
  • Remove plastic bags from cereal boxes.
  • Remove lids and caps and place these separately in your recycling bin.
  • Crush all bulky items to make more space.

What if my bin is missed or damaged:

Call Hunter Resource Recovery on 1800 838 884.

Upsize your recycling bin:

You can swap your existing 240 litre recycling bin to a larger 360 litre bin for a one-off $25 fee by visiting Council's Customer Service Centre or calling Council on 4993 4100.

Your recycling bin will be swapped on your regular recycling day. Please leave your recycling bin on the kerb until 5pm so it can be emptied and swapped over. It may take up to eight weeks after your application is received for your bin to be swapped.

The 240 litre recycling bin is 68cm wide and 85cm deep at the top (it tapers at the base) and 1.1 metres high. By comparison, the 360 litre recycling bin is 10cm wider, 12cm deeper and 4cm taller than the standard 240 litre recycling bin. A sample 360 litre bin is on display in the foyer of Council's Administration Building for those wishing to view be fore swapping.

Note: the weight limit of the 360 litre bin is 80 kilograms (same as the standard 240 litre bin). This limit doesn't cause an issue unless it is filled with large amounts of glass or paper. 

Can I get an additional recycling bin:

You can purchase an extra 240 or 360 litre recycling service by simply contacting our Customer Service Centre on 4993 4100. Fees and charges apply.

 My recycling bin still has a divider:

HRR has been progressively removing the divider from recycling bins as it is no longer needed.  If your recycling bin still has a divider please do not attempt to remove the divider yourself but contact HRR directly to arrange.

What if I move to a new property:

The recycling bin is the property of the waste contractor, is individually numbered and must remain at the property when you move. You can write your address on the bin but it cannot be used as a garbage bin, nor can the lid be changed.To organise a recycling service for your new property, simply contact our Customer Service Centre on 4993 4100.

Contamination in your recycling bin:

If non-acceptable items, or contamination, are placed in your bin, it may not be emptied. All recycling trucks have on-board cameras and drivers may place a sticker on the bin to advise why the bin was not emptied. The bin will only be emptied once the contaminant has been removed. If your bin is stickered again for non-conformance, your recycling service may be suspended.

Other recyclables:

If you have an item that will not be accepted in the recycling bin, please consider reusing it or donating it where appropriate, or check out the Cessnock Waste and Recycling Directory for a list of other items that can be recycled and how to recycle them.