What can and can't go in my bins

General waste and recycling bins have different coloured lids to assist you when sorting your waste and recycling. 

The recycling rules in WA have changed. All material that can be recycled should be placed in your recycling bin (yellow lid). Under the lid of the bin, you’ll see a sticker about what counts as recyclable waste.

What goes in my bin?

Green-top general waste bin Yellow-top recycling bin
  • Aerosol cans (empty) 
  • Baskets (cane & plastic)
  • Black plastic sheeting
  • Broken glass
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cassette tapes/CDs
  • CD-ROMs
  • Cellophane
  • Ceramics (broken plates & pots)
  • Clothing
  • Cockroach bait (plastic)
  • Cosmetic jars
  • Cutlery (plastic, metal & other)
  • Foam boxes
  • Foam meat trays
  • Foam seedling containers
  • Food & vegetable scraps
  • Garden hose
  • Glad wrap
  • Grease proof paper
  • Greenwaste (such as lawn clippings)
  • Juice cartons (silver lined) UHT
  • Kitty litter
  • Lunch boxes
  • Manure/animal droppings
  • Meat trays
  • Milk cartons (silver lined) UHT
  • Nappies
  • Paint tins (must be empty & dry)
  • Pens/biros/pencils
  • Pillows/doonas
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic bags (empty)
  • Plastic strapping
  • Plastic wrapping
  • Plate glass
  • Polystyrene
  • Pottery
  • PVC pipe (max 1 metre in length)
  • Pyrex (ovenware)
  • Remote controls (without batteries)
  • Reticulation pipes/hose
  • Shoes**
  • Shredded paper*
  • Terracotta tiles/pots
  • Tree prunings*
  • Underlay
  • Vacuum cleaner dust & bag
  • Vinyl (e.g. kitchen tiles)
  • Waxed paper
  • Window panes
  • X-rays

All containers need to be clean and without lids to ensure they are recycled. 

No plastic bags or greenwaste in your recycling bins.

Keep all items in your recycling bin loose and separate.

  • Aluminium cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Bottles
  • Cardboard (boxes/other)
  • Cereal boxes
  • Drink cans
  • Envelopes
  • Foil
  • Food cans
  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Glossy magazines & brochures
  • Greeting cards
  • Ice-cream containers (cardboard & plastic)
  • Jars
  • Liquid paper board
  • Milk/juice cartons (clean, remove lids, no silver lined UHT)
  • Paper (office)
  • Paper towel rolls (inner)
  • Paper bags
  • Pet food tins
  • Phone books
  • Pizza boxes (empty)
  • Plastic containers/bottles
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Sauce bottles
  • Soft drink bottles & cans
  • Spirit bottles
  • Steel cans
  • Toilet paper rolls (inner)
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Wine bottles
  • Yoghurt containers

All soft plastics (ie. those that scrunch in your hand) can be taken to your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket for recycling.

 

*  Can be composted
** See Upcycling and Reuse for more information

For more information on recyclable or hazardous waste, read our City of Swan Waste and Recycling Guide(PDF, 5MB) or visit any of our libraries