Metal, Aluminium & Steel Recycling

Steel and aluminium are incredibly practical resources, and can be found in a range of applications including drink cans, buildings, cars, airplanes and more.

The production of new aluminium and steel products is draining on our natural resources and contributes to increased greenhouse gases.

Aluminium and steel products are 100% recyclable and require less energy to produce than virgin products.

Facts about Metal, Aluminium & Steel


aluminium cans produced every minute



of recycled steel saves
1,131kg of iron ore, 633kg of coal and 54kg of limestone



energy saved creating cans from recycled aluminium


What is metal waste?

Metals can be classified as ‘ferrous’ and ‘non-ferrous’.

Common ferrous metals include carbon steel, alloy steel, wrought iron, and cast iron.
Non- ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, and tin.

What goes in the metal or co-mingled recycling bin?


  • Steel
  • Aluminium cans, sheets & off-cuts
  • Mixed scrap metal
  • Mixed metal off-cuts
  • Copper
  • Brass


Acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories.


  • Plastic & glass
  • Liquids
  • Chemicals
  • Food & garden organics
  • Electronics


Bin and container options

Where does metal waste go?

Metal gets put in dedicated metal waste or co-mingled recycling bins with grey or yellow lids and signage.


Metal bin

Co-mingled waste bins


What happens to metal

Metal is sent to one of our resource recovery centres or material recycling facilities where it is screened, decontaminated, sorted and baled.