Hawkesbury City Council is conducting bin inspections across the Hawkesbury in an effort to continually improve recycling rates – for recycling and garden organics bins – across the region and to educate the community.

The visual inspections are conducted on the morning of recycling or garden organics collections, predominantly in areas that have been targeted for contamination issues.

The inspectors look inside recycling and garden organics bins that have been placed on the kerbside but they don’t rummage through or tip them out.

Residents will either receive a Thank you Bin Tag if the correct materials were found inside, or a Contamination Bin Tag to assist with sorting recycling correctly in the future if incorrect items were present.

Residents may also receive a ‘Smiley Sticker’ for placement on their recycling or garden organics bin, identifying them as a Champion Recycler, if the bins presented were consistently uncontaminated.

The bin inspection program is for educational purposes only and residents will not receive financial penalties if contamination is present.

Fortunately, many residents already know what to place in the recycling bin and the garden organics bin.

For further information, visit Council’s website at, for a range of great resources such as the A-Z Reuse and Recycling Guide for the Hawkesbury and the Household Waste Guide 2016-2017 call Customer Service on (02) 4560 4444.

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