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Co-mingled recycling

REMONDIS are experts in the collection, transport and recycling of co-mingled recyclable material – also known as commingled or mixed recycling.

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Co-mingled recycling: streamlining waste management in Australia

At REMONDIS, we are committed to making recycling easy and accessible for businesses across Australia.

Our co-mingled recycling services offer a convenient solution for managing recyclable waste, allowing you to dispose of multiple materials in a single recycling bin. Whether you need a single co-mingled recycling bin or multiple bins for different types of recyclable materials, we have the perfect solution to suit your requirements. So pick the best recycling bin in Australia at REMONDIS.

Why choose REMONDIS for your Co-mingled recycling management?

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Contact us today to get a quote for your commercial co-mingled recycling service. It’s fast and easy.

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What do you need to know about co-mingled recycling?

Co-mingled recycling is an efficient solution for businesses dealing with multiple recyclable waste streams, as it allows for the collection of various materials in a single bin. This system simplifies the recycling process and encourages more businesses to participate. However, for businesses generating a high volume of any accepted co-mingle waste stream, it is advisable to consider dedicated bins for each type of material. By doing so, businesses can minimise costs and achieve higher recycling rates, as dedicated bins help prevent contamination and ensure more effective waste management.

ACCEPTED Co-mingled recycling

In a Co-mingled recycling bin, the following types of waste are typically accepted:

  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Aluminium 
  • Steel
  • Plastic

Please note that these guidelines may vary depending on disposal site practices, and state government legislation and regulation.


Newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, and cardboard (excluding waxed or plastic-coated cardboard)


Glass bottles and jars of any color (rinsed and with lids removed)


Beverage cans, aluminium foil (cleaned), and other aluminium containers


Food cans, aerosol cans (empty), and other steel or tin containers


Rigid plastic containers such as bottles, tubs, and containers, usually marked with a plastic recycling symbol and a number between 1 and 7 (excluding plastic bags, film, and wrap)

NOT ACCEPTED Co-mingled recycling

There are several types of waste that should not be placed in a Co-mingled recycling bin, these include:

  • Plastic bags and film
  • Food waste
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Hazardous waste
  • Ceramics and porcelain
  • Medical waste
  • Nappies and sanitary products
  • Garden waste
Plastic bags and film

These can get tangled in recycling machinery and are not suitable for co-mingled recycling and and for plastic waste recycling. Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam): This material is not commonly accepted in co-mingled recycling bins due to its low recyclability and the difficulty of processing it

Polystyrene foam (Styrofoam)

This material is not commonly accepted in co-mingled recycling bins due to its low recyclability and the difficulty of processing it

Food waste

Food scraps and liquids can contaminate recyclable materials, making them harder to process

Explore our Food organics recycling management and processing services.

Clothing and textiles

These materials require specialized recycling processes and should not be placed in co-mingled recycling bins

Hazardous waste

Batteries, electronics, paint, chemicals, and light bulbs should be disposed of separately at appropriate recycling facilities or collection points.

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Ceramics and porcelain

These materials are not recyclable through co-mingled recycling and should be disposed of separately

Medical waste

Syringes, needles, and other medical waste should be disposed of using appropriate medical waste containers and services.

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Nappies and sanitary products

These items are not recyclable and should be placed in general waste bins

Garden waste

Leaves, branches, and grass clippings should be composted or placed in designated green waste bins, if available

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Who uses our co-mingled recycling services?

Retail // Hospitality & Entertainment // Commercial Property & Facilities // Education // Health & Aged Care

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"Fantastic service from the office staff and driver, nothing is ever a problem."

NSW // Plumbing Services industry

“REMONDIS has provided me with unbeatable value for my recycling, and has been great with communication for my request. Professional and reliable.”

NSW // Retail Industry // Contract decision maker

“I was referred to this service and when organizing for REMONDIS to pick up my request, everything was communicated clearly and the process was so easy. Thank you very much for your assistance.”

NSW // Council

FAQs about Co-mingled recycling

What is co-mingled recycling?

Co-mingled recycling is a system that allows multiple types of recyclable materials to be collected in a single bin. It simplifies the recycling process for businesses and encourages higher participation in recycling efforts.

What materials can be placed in a Co-mingled recycling bin?

Commingled recycling bins typically accept paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, metal, and specific types of plastic.

What materials should not be placed in a co-mingled recycling bin?

Avoid placing non-recyclable materials like food waste, plastic bags, film, and wrap, waxed or plastic-coated cardboard, and hazardous materials in co-mingled recycling bins. These items can be managed through other waste services.

Can my business use co-mingled recycling if we produce a high volume of a specific waste stream?

If your business generates a high volume of any specific recyclable waste stream, it's advisable to consider using dedicated bins for each type of material. This approach minimises costs, prevents contamination, and ensures higher recyclability rates.

How do I choose the right size comingled recycling bin for my business?

Your REMONDIS waste expert will help you determine the most suitable bin size based on your business's waste generation patterns and specific recycling needs.

How often will my co-mingled recycle containers be collected?

The collection frequency depends on your specific business requirements. Our REMONDIS waste experts will work with you to establish a regular collection schedule, ensuring efficient waste management tailored to your needs.

How can I ensure the highest recyclability rate for materials in my co-mingled recycling bin?

To achieve the highest recyclability rate, make sure to rinse containers before placing them in the bin, remove lids from glass bottles and jars, and avoid placing non-recyclable materials in the co-mingled bin. Additionally, consider dedicated bins for high-volume waste streams to minimise contamination.

What happens to your Co-mingled recycling?

After your co-mingled recyclables are collected, they are transported to a purpose-built Material Recycling Facility (MRF).

Our MRF network receives materials, removes contaminants and then separates, sorts and compacts them for transfer to material-specific recycling facilities. After further processing, the recycled material is marketed to end-user manufacturers to close the loop on the circular economy.

REMONDIS Australia can recover and re-market a wide range of materials, including ferrous metal, aluminium, PET, HDPE, cardboard, and mixed paper.

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