Bin collections

Residential bin collection

Step 1.Find your bin day

Use our Find my bin day tool to find the bin day for your property. 

Find my bin day

Step 2.Check what goes in your bin

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

Use our guide to find out what goes in each bin.

Step 3.Put your bin out 

To make sure your bin gets emptied follow these simple steps:

  • Make sure you put your bin(s) out by 6am on the day of collection.
  • Make sure your bins are at least half a metre apart.
  • Check overhead power lines, trees, objects or works are not blocking our trucks from accessing your bins.
  • Make sure your bin is not overflowing.
  • Make sure your bin is not too heavy - bins over 70kg will not be collected.
  • Please wait until 3pm to report that your bin wasn't emptied.
  • Make sure you are using a City of Swan bin. We can only collect rubbish from our bins, which have our stamp on the lid.
  • Make sure your bin is compliant. Only put recyclables in your recycling bin. Check what you can recycle.

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
  • 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, 2MB) or visit any of our libraries

If your refuse or recycling bin wasn’t collected on its scheduled day, there could be a number of reasons why. 

Please do not call the Customer Service Support Officers until after 3pm on the day of your collection. Occasionally collection times may change. This will ensure our drivers have finished their round and are available to rectify any problems from the next working day.

Change of round

Due to various operational changes that may occur from week to week, the City may be required to change scheduled rounds which may alter the time of day the bin is normally emptied.  

Was your placement correct? 

Your bin should be placed one metre from the kerb, with the wheels facing away from the kerb. Multiple bins should be placed 0.5 metres apart.

Was your bin put out on the right day, at the right time?

Make sure your bins are placed out on the right day and before 6am on the day of collection.

Was your bin contaminated?

If your recycling bin contains non-recyclable waste, like plastic bags or green waste, it can contaminate an entire truck load, reverting it to landfill. Check out our Waste and Recycling Guide to be sure of what counts as recyclable waste.

Was your bin over the weight limit?

The contents of your 240 litre bin must weigh less than 70kg, otherwise our waste trucks can’t lift it. Bins weighing over 70kg could be labelled with a non-compliant sticker.

Was your bin jammed too full?

Overfilling your bin and jamming the waste into it can prevent its contents from being emptied.

Are you using a City of Swan bin?

We can only collect bins belonging to the City of Swan. These bins have our stamp on the lid.

Is your bin compliant?

If your bin isn’t compliant, a sticker will be placed on it explaining why, instructions on what you can do, details of who you can contact and a timeline for return collection. Unfortunately, your collection service won’t resume until you rectify the situation.

If you need to report your missed bin, please call our Customer Service Support Officers after 3pm on 9267 9267.