Items You Can Not Recycle in your Geelong Skip Bin

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There is a lot of misplaced, damaging rubbish floating around that is contaminating recyclable skip bin waste. One dirty container or liquid leak can ruin an entire load of recyclable materials in a skip bin.  

As a collective, Aussies don’t have a great track record with recycling, so much so that China (who we exported our recycling to) has stopped importing all of our waste and has put Australia in a waste management ‘recycling crisis’.

Only a third of Australia’s packaging gets recycled. Between the years 2017 and 2018 only 56% of all packaging waste in Australia was recovered. Of that 72% was paper and only 32% was plastic.

Now, more than ever it is important to recycle properly. Every single item you dispose of either ends up in landfill or in recycling, so it is important to always think about where you plan to send your waste and to make sure the people sorting your hired skip bin can manage your waste effectively.   

When you hire a skip bin it is especially important to seperate your recyclables from general waste. Not only can you receive a fine for not separating your waste properly, but you also make the job of your Geelong skip bin company a lot harder than it needs to be.  

To help you with recycling when using your hired skip bin, we have compiled a list of items that you might be surprised you should never try to recycle.

Aerosol Cans

Even though they are metal, they contain chemicals and are therefore treated as a hazardous material and can not be recycled.

Takeout containers

Any grease-soaked boxes or tubs with leftover food particles cannot be recycled and will contaminate the rest of your recyclable materials.


Styrofoam is not biodegradable and can not be recycled. Always avoid using styrofoam.

Plastic Bottle Caps

While the bottles are recyclable, the caps are not.

Plastic Grocery Bags

Not only are they not recyclable, but they are also completely unnecessary. There are lots of alternatives to plastic bags that you can use. Hiring a skip bin removes the need for plastic rubbish bin bags which are also not recyclable.  

Contaminated Paper

Used tissues, paper towels and napkins are considered soiled products and just like food scraps will contaminate your other recyclables in your hired skip bin.

Household Glass

Mirrors, window panes, tableware and light bulbs are difficult to recycle.

Drink Cartons

While some drink cartons are recyclable, some should stay out of your recycle skip bin. Always make sure cartons have the recycle symbol on them before you put them in your recycle skip bin.

If you hire a skip bin you are already on the path to responsible waste management. When you hire a skip bin from GTown Skips you can be confident that your waste will be put on the correct recycling path and your carbon footprint will be reduced.

If you want to practise correct waste management and are looking to hire a skip bin in Geelong, contact us online today or call us on 0448 710 788.

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