Households on the two bin system will have a recycling bin and a general waste bin. The general waste bin previously had a dark green lid, but the City is progressively swapping these over to a red lid to ensure consistency with the Australian Standard. It is important to know what goes in what bin.
About the two bin system
Cockburn residents living in properties under 400m2
, multi-residential properties or rural properties have two household bins for waste disposal.
For a full guide on what items can be placed in the bins, visit the two bin A to Z guide
What can I place in my recycling bin?
The contents of this bin are sent to the Suez
Materials Recovery Facility in Bibra Lake where they are separated, baled and sent to be recycled. You can dispose of the following items in your yellow-lidded recycling bin:
- All hard plastic tubs, bottles and containers
- All glass bottles and jars
- Steel and aluminium cans
- Cardboard, paper, newspapers, magazines (not shredded)
Please rinse and empty containers. Remove lids. Do not bag items - place them directly in the bin.
What can I place in my general waste bin?
The contents of this bin are sent to the Waste Composting Facility at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre where they are converted to compost. You can dispose of the following items in your dark green or red-lidded recycling bin:
- Non-recyclable general waste
- All garden waste including grass clippings, twigs, sticks and prunings
- Food scraps
- Items contaminated with food e.g. paper towel, serviettes, tissues, paper plates, pizza boxes and fish & chip paper
- Pet excrement
- Pet hair & fur
- Soiled items
- Shredded paper
- Sanitary items
- Cotton wool & cotton wool buds
- Clothing that cannot be sent to charity.
What items cannot be placed in either of the bins?
Some items should not be placed into either of your bins, including:
- Batteries, mobile phones, printer cartridges and light bulbs can be dropped off at recycling hubs at any of the City's libraries
- Spray paint, chemicals, gas bottles, aerosol cans and other hazardous household waste can be taken to Henderson Waste Recovery Park.
General Waste Bin Lids
If you are ineligible for the three bin system and you remain on the two bin system, your dark-green general waste bin lid will be replaced with a red lid in 2019. This is to ensure that bin lid colours are consistent throughout the City. The bin lid colours the City is using meet the Australian Standard 4123.7 2006.
This also complies with the State Government's Better Bins program, which aims to increase consistency of waste management across Western Australia. Ensuring that everyone's bins are the same colour makes it easier for us all to know what goes in each bin.
This project is supported by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.