How to sort your waste correctly

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In 2021/22 the City transitioned from a 2 bin system to a 3 bin FOGO system. Single dwellings moved to our 3 bin FOGO system in November 2021 and larger apartment complexes received a tailored rollout between March - June 2022.


Lime Green lid FOGO bin:

Your lime green lid FOGO bin is collected weekly and is for food organics and garden organics. The contents of this bin will be composted so please don't place any plastic, glass or metal in this bin. Please use only the certified compostable bags supplied in your kitchen caddy and never use plastic or plant based bags for this bin. You can place the following items in your FOGO bin:

    Food waste including:

    • Fruit and vegetables
    • Meat & bones
    • Tea bags and coffee grinds
    • Bread and dairy products
    • Seafood including shells
    • Food leftovers and scraps
    • Egg shells
    • Out-of-date food (unpackaged)

    Garden organics including:

    • Lawn clippings
    • Leaves
    • Flowers and weeds
    • Small branches
    • Twigs

    Other products including:

    • Food-soiled paper (fish and chips, kebab wrapper)
    • Food soiled cardboard (pizza boxes, burger boxes)
    • Tissues
    • Paper towels
    • Shredded paper
    • Pet poo
    • Human / Pet hair

    Yellow lid Recycling bin:

    Your yellow lid recycling bin is collected fortnightly and is for recyclable items, which are taken to a facility to be sorted into their different material types (e.g. glass, paper, steel and plastic).

    Remember to place them in the bin LOOSE, RINSED, with LIDS OFF. Please do not bag recyclables!

    Please use this bin for recycling these 5 items only:

    • Aluminium & steel cans
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Plastic bottles & containers
    • Cardboard (please flatten)
    • Paper (NO shredded paper, paper towels or tissues)

    Red lid General Waste bin:

    Your red lid general waste bin is collected fortnightly and is for general rubbish items that cannot be reused, recycled or composted, including:

    • Nappies and hygiene products
    • Soft scrunchable plastics (or take these to the REDcycle bins in major supermarkets)
    • Polystyrene and foam packaging
    • Unusable clothing and rags (if in good condition – donate to charity!) 
    • Face masks - all types
    • Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits
    • Gloves
    • Bubble wrap
    • Meat trays
    • Greaseproof paper, baking paper, waxed paper
    • Garden hose
    • Plastic strapping
    • General rubbish items

      In an effort to reduce contamination and improve WA's recycling rates, the below items can no longer be placed in your yellow-lid recycling bin:

      Soft Plastics

      Plastic bags cling wrap, bubble wrap, lolly wrappers, chip packets, cereal bags and other soft, scrunchable plastics get mixed up with bales of paper and cardboard at the recycling facilities, making them hard to sell. Please take all soft plastics to REDcycle bins in major supermarkets. These will be recycled into park equipment, bollards and other items. You can help by purchasing less soft plastic, choosing items with minimal packaging, using reusable bags and contacting producers to request that they minimise unnecessary packaging. Visit for more details.

      Aerosol Cans

      Aerosol cans are hazardous as they generally contain residual flammable liquids, which can cause fires and explosions at the recycling facility. Please take aerosols to these two Recycling Facilities (free of charge):

      Household Hazardous Waste Area at Recycling Centre Balcatta, 238 Balcatta Road. Open 7 days a week. or call 9205 8555

      Household Hazardous Waste Area at Tamala Park, 1700 Marmion Avenue, open 7 days a week. or call 9306 6303

      Meat trays

      Due to contamination of meat trays and the mixture of materials used to make them, they should be placed in your general waste bin. Consider buying your meat from a butcher where purchases are wrapped in paper or try taking your own reusable container.


      Polystyrene/Styrofoam, including beads (bean bag/cushion/packing beads/pellets) should not be placed in yellow-lid bin as it can’t be recycled through your kerbside recycling bins. Please place very small amounts into your green-lid rubbish bin.

      However, you can recycle polystyrene in larger amounts at CLAW Environmental, 5 Forge Street, Welshpool.

      All waste must have tape and stickers removed and will be recycled at no cost. For further information call 9333 4888 or visit the CLAW website at

      You can also drop off Polystyrene EPS (used for packaging in boxes for example) at the Recycling Centre Balcatta and Tamala Park for free as these facilities can compact the material which makes it easier to recycle.

      Coffee cups

      Take-away coffee cups and lids are unable to be recycled. Try and avoid single use disposables such as coffee cups. Some cafes even offer a discount if you bring your own cup, so why not invest in a reusable alternative and ditch the disposables.

      Helpful tips

      • Only loose items can be placed in the recycling bin - bagged items cannot be recycled
      • Rinse all jars, bottles and containers - used dish washing water can be used for this
      • Please don’t put batteries, globes or chemicals in your bins! These items are classified as hazardous waste and can be harmful once they enter the wrong waste stream. Click here to find out what to do with these items.

      More Languages - How to Sort Your Waste Guide

      We have developed the following 'How to Sort Your Waste Guide' with DWER. It is a handy tool to help you separate your waste streams correctly. This is also available in the back pages of your Waste & Recycling Guide 2022/23. Tear out or print off a copy here and place on your fridge or near your bin store. Available to download here in the following languages. If your language is not represented below, please contact our team for further assistance. 

      More Information

      For more information please contact the City's Waste and Recycling Team on 9273 6000 or email