Garden organics bin (lime green lid) General waste bin (red lid)
All organic waste grown in your garden can be placed in this bin, including:
- Grass clippings
- Weeds (including noxious)
- Twigs and sticks
- Prunings, cuttings and trimmings
- Palm fronds
- Tree nuts.
The contents of this bin are sent to Henderson Waste Recovery Park to be mulched.
Recycling bin (yellow lid)
The following items can be placed in the red-lidded bin:
- Non-recyclable general waste
- Food scraps
- Items contaminated with food, such as paper towels, serviettes, tissues, paper plates, pizza boxes and fish and chip paper
- Pet excrement
- Pet hair & fur
- Soiled items
- Shredded paper
- Sanitary items
- Cotton wool and cotton wool buds
- Clothing that cannot be sent to charity
- Soft plastics (or take to REDcycle opens in a new window bins at shopping centres).
The contents of this bin are sent to landfill at the Henderson Waste Recovery Park.
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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 and lids
- Cardboard, paper, newspapers, magazines (not shredded)
- Foil (scrunched into golf ball size)
Please rinse and empty containers. Remove lids. Do not bag items - place them directly in the bin.
Why are we moving to a three-bin system?
"Source separation" is the most effective waste management tool for reducing waste processing costs and increasing recycling rates. How will a third bin reduce contamination?
A third bin will allow garden waste to be separated from the general waste stream to be processed into high quality mulch. This will result in significant economic benefits for the City.
Garden organics were previously placed in the general waste bin along with other general household waste, and sent to the Regional Resource Recovery Centre where they were processed into low-quality compost. This has no commercial value; it cannot be sold as it is contaminated with plastic, glass, metal and other items.Why is it taking so long to complete the roll-out?
By separating garden organics into a different bin, contamination levels are reduced. The mulch produced can be used to create high quality compost.
The City needs to undertake significant community engagement to ensure all residents know how to use the three-bin system correctly and that garden organics bins will not be contaminated.Will this initiative cost more?
An education program is being implemented in each suburb via letter drops, door knocking and bin tagging. Bin tagging involves inspecting bins and tagging the bin with a thank you note or advice on which products have contaminated the bins.
Residents will incur no extra charges for the three-bin system.When will my bins get emptied?
Your red-lidded general waste and yellow-lidded recycling bins will be emptied on a weekly basis on your normal bin collection day. Will I still get a bulk garden organics verge collection?
Your new lime green-lidded garden organics bin will be emptied fortnightly on the same day as your other bins.
Before the roll-out, you will receive a calendar advising you of the dates that your garden waste bin will be collected.
Yes, bulk garden organics verge collections will continue for the foreseeable future. This will be reviewed as the new system rolls out.Will I still get my trailer passes for Henderson Waste Recovery Park?
Yes. We have no plans to change the issuing of six annual trailer passes to Cockburn ratepayers.Will residential properties less than 400m2 be allowed a garden waste bin?
Residents with properties smaller than 400m2 can request a garden organics bin if the City agrees there is a sufficient garden size to justify the service.My red-lidded general waste bin is too small. Can I get a bigger one?
How will I know when I'm getting my new garden organics bin?
Bin audits carried out before the trial program went ahead showed that 31 per cent of the 240L general waste bins were filled with garden organics. The smaller general waste bin should be adequate after the garden organics have been removed.
If you struggle to reduce your general waste, contact the City's Waste Education Team, who will be happy to provide tips on how to increase recycling and decrease overall waste production.
You could also consider getting a compost bin, Bokashi bin, worm farm or EnsoPet pet waste composter to reduce the amount of food waste you need to put in your red-lidded bin. We provide subsidies
on these items.
A letter will appear in the mail the year the three-bin program comes to your suburb. It will provide information about when your third bin will be delivered. You will also receive a calendar to let you know when your bins will be collected. How do I use the recycling tub that will be provided?
Around this time, you will also receive a visit from two of the City's Community Waste Education Team to explain a little more about the new bin system and to drop off a free recycling tub and magnets.
If you compost at home, you will also be able to collect a compost caddy (complete with compostable bags) from the Administration Centre – this can be used to collect your food scraps in the kitchen, ready to be placed in your compost bin or worm farm.
The recycling tub is used to collect cleaned recyclable items which will eventually be placed in your yellow lidded bin. The tub should help you to recycle more.I don't need a garden organics bin. Can I opt out?
No, the garden organics bin will be rolled out to all residents with properties over 400m2.
Further information can be found in the Resource Recovery Calendar, available to download from the 'Related Documents' section below.
Please contact the City’s Waste Education Officer for more information on the three-bin system on 08 9411 3444 or at