Recycling collection

qWe provide fortnightly collection of a 240-litre recycling bin on the same day as your weekly rubbish collection.

If you have difficulty handling the larger bin, you can request that the bin be replaced with a smaller 140-litre bin at no charge.

The recycling service allows residents to recycle a wide range of materials. The materials that can be placed into the recycling bin for collection are listed in the English language recycling sheet(PDF, 437KB)  and Chinese language recycling sheet(PDF, 522KB) .

A-Z Recycling

All items listed on the A-Z Recycling sheet(PDF, 23KB) can be placed into your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

Other common household items that we recycle include:

  • light globes (compact fluorescents)
  • paint
  • scrap metal (whitegoods, roofing iron, etc.)
  • single cell batteries.

To find out more visit our other recycling and disposal options page.

What happens to my recycling?

All material collected from the City's recycling bins goes to the Recycling Materials Recovery Facility at Derwent Park.

At the facility, recycling materials are sorted using a range of automatic processes including magnets for steel, eddy currents for aluminium, blowers for paper, etc and manual sorting methods for other items like hard plastics and contamination (plastic bags, food etc).

The quality of recycling from Hobart is very good, with only around 2-3% of the material collected being unsuitable for recycling.

Once separated, the materials are compacted and sent to buyers, some within Australia and some overseas, where they are recycled into new products.  

Glass containers – All glass from Hobart's recycling bins is recycled within Tasmania.

Up to 80% goes into producing bricks and pavers, and the remaining 20% is used by local construction industries as a sand/gravel substitute in civil construction works. 

Steel – Recycled into new steel products, from new steel can sheeting and new steel products, to construction steel bar.

Aluminium – turned into new aluminium products such as new can sheeting, automotive parts, and electronic parts.

Paper, cardboard, and tetra packs – All paper is sold to paper mills for conversion into new paper - clean newsprint is recycled into new newsprint, clean white grade paper recycled into new white paper or tissue.

Cardboard and tetra packs are recycled into new cardboard, containerboard and cartonboard, depending on the quality.

Plastic containers – Plastics are recycled into new plastic bottles, or down-cycled into containers, textiles, toys and other plastic products.

The end destination of some recycling materials will vary, depending on the commodity prices for the material. 

Businesses

If you have a commercial property, you can apply for recycling collection at your business. To find out more, please contact us.

Collection days

To check your rubbish, recycle and FOGO collection days please select the relevant calendar Waste Calendar 1(PDF, 57KB) or Waste Calendar 2(PDF, 58KB). You can also print out the relevant calendar and place it somewhere in your home as a reminder.

To find out what day your bin is collected please use the bin collection function.

Simply type in your address and search. Your next bin date will appear at the bottom of the page.

If you have trouble placing your bins on the street for collection, please contact us on 03 6238 2711.

Lost or damaged bins

If your bin is lost or damaged, please fill out the online Damaged or missing bin request or phone on 03 6238 2711. 

Missed recycling collection

If your rubbish or recycling bins are not collected, please phone 03 6238 2711.