Recycling Collection

This video is part of a NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

Where does my recycling go? 

Your recycling is collected and transported by truck to the VISY Materials Recovery Facility in Smithfield where it is sorted by hand and machinery into different types, put into bales, then sent to specialist recycling plants to be made into recycled products.

Council will collect
Pile of plastic bottles and containers

Illustration of a tick.png Plastic bottles and containers—keep plastic lids on

Pile of glass bottles and jars

Illustration of a tick.pngGlass bottles and jars—remove lids

Aluminium and steel cans


Illustration of a tick.pngAluminium and steel cans


Illustration of a tick.pngCardboard packaging


Illustration of a tick.pngMilk and juice cartons

Flattened cardboard boxes

Illustration of a tick.pngFlattened cardboard boxes

Paper and envelopes

Illustration of a tick.pngPaper and envelopes

Newspaper and magazines

Illustration of a tick.pngNewspaper and magazines

Junk mail

Illustration of a tick.pngJunk mail

Empty pizza box

Illustration of a tick.pngEmpty pizza boxes—remove food scraps

Council will NOT collect:
Plastic bag

Illustration of a cross Plastic bags including bagged recycling

Plastic wrappers

Illustration of a crossPlastic packaging

Food scraps

Illustration of a crossFood scraps—put fruit and veggie scraps in a Compost Bin or Worm Farm


Illustration of a crossPolystyrene and foam

Box of tissues

Illustration of a crossTissues and paper towels

Pile of clothes

Illustration of a crossClothing and textiles—put in a Clothing Bin if in good condition

Duck toy

Illustration of a crossToys

Crockery and glassware  

Illustration of a crossCrockery or glassware

Electronic items

Illustration of a crossElectronic items


Illustration of a crossNappies

Visit our A to Z Guide of Waste and Recycling for more disposal options.

Did you know you can recycle other items elsewhere?

The City of Ryde provides additional services for selected items that cannot be recycled through the yellow lid recycling bin:

Cleanaway Ryde Resource Recovery Centre located at 145 Wicks Road also accepts recyclable materials including whitegoods, car batteries and scrap metal. Please call 1300 651 116 for pricing information, opening times and accepted materials.

This video is part of a NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

For more information about where you can recycle specific household items consult the A-Z Waste and Recycling Guide(PDF, 222KB)  and read our Tips and Tricks for Advanced Recyclers(PDF, 317KB).

Still can’t find where you can recycle an item?
Try searching on the Recycling Near You website.

Resources in Other Languages

You can find information on City of Ryde's garbage, recycling and garden organics collection in languages other than English below.