Two Bin System

Many households in the City have two waste disposal bins. These are the yellow-lidded recycling bin and the green-lidded general waste bin. 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 yellow-lidded 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 dark green-lidded 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-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
  • Nappies
  • Band-aids
  • 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.

More information and contact

Further information can be found in the Resource Recovery Calendar 2018-19, available to download from the 'Related Documents' section below. 

Please contact the City’s Waste Services for more information on household waste and recycling on 08 9411 3444 or at
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Related Documents

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Resource Recovery Calendar 2018-19 Updated PDF document



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