How to sort your waste correctly

Green lid bins

Your green-lidded bin is collected weekly and is for non-recyclable household rubbish, including:

  • Food scraps
  • Nappies, wipes and sanitary products
  • Garden organic waste
  • Kitty litter and pet waste

Yellow lid bins

Your yellow-lidded 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). Please use this bin for:

  • Aluminium & steel cans (clean and empty)
  • Glass bottles and jars (clean and empty)
  • Plastic bottles & containers (clean and empty - lids off)
  • Cardboard (please flatten)
  • Paper (excluding shredded paper, paper towels and tissues)

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.

Also check out the below recycling guide from the City's waste and recycling contractor, Cleanaway.

What Can I Recycle? - Cleanaway

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.

Unsure of how to correctly dispose of something?

Check out the below guide for a comprehensive list of how best to dispose of specific items of waste.

A-Z Waste Guide

More Information

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