Recycle Right - Cairns Regional Council

What goes in the Red Lid Bin Track it - see where these items go

Your red lid bin is for general waste items. Read how some of these items may be reused in other ways.

Note: from December 2017, all new services in the Cairns region will be issued with a red lidded general waste bin; green lids are being gradually phased out. The information on this site about red lid bins applies equally to green lid bins.

Clothing and fabrics

These items can go into the red lid bin; but if undamaged please give to a charity shop or take to your nearest Transfer station to be sorted and sold at the Buy Back Shop.

Waxed cardboard

These items can go into the red lid bin or use to plant and propagate seedlings in.

Plastic bags

These can go into the red lid bin; or drop into specific collection bins at major supermarkets.

Disposable coffee cups

These can go into the red lid bin; or use for storage, craft or as paint holder for kids activities.

Polystyrene / Styrofoam

These items can go into the red lid bin or use boxes to plant and propagate seedlings in.

Cling film

These items can go into the red lid bin.

Bubble wrap

These items can go into the red lid bin; or store and reuse for future moving or packing.

Bottle lids

These items can go into the red lid bin; or use for children's craft activities.

Dirty disposable nappies

These items go into the red lid bin.

Drinking / wine glasses

These can go can go into the red lid bin; but if unbroken please give to a charity shop.

Broken windows / plate glass or mirrors

Broken items go into the red lid bin; but if unbroken please give to a secondhand building materials retailer or take to your nearest Transfer Station.

Broken drinking / wine glasses

These items should go in the red lid bin.

Broken ceramics / crockery

These items can go into the red lid bin; but if undamaged please give to a charity shop or take to your nearest Transfer Station.

Garden hose

These items can go into the red lid bin; but if undamaged please give to a charity shop or take to your nearest Transfer Station.

Household food scraps

These items can go into the red lid bin or a home compost.