Contamination in our recycling puts all recyclable materials at risk. It is important to know how to properly fill your recycling bin to ensure as many resources are recovered as possible.

How to place recyclables in your recycling bin

All items should be placed loosely in your bin (and not in plastic bags). Items in plastic bags are not sorted, and are automatically sent to landfill. 

Containers should be rinsed, with the majority of food scraps removed, dried, and all cartons flattened. Do not place your plastic lids into the bin - these are too small to be sorted by the machines at the recycling facility. 

To avoid issues when the bin is emptied, do not jam items into your bin.

If in doubt, please visit the Recycle Right WA website for more information.

What to place in your recycling bin


All aluminium cans including:
  • Beer cans
  • Soft drink cans
  • Coffee/Milo tins 


  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Beer cartons (flattened)
  • Cereal boxes (remove bag)
  • Egg cartons
  • Greeting cards
  • Toilet Paper/Paper towel rolls (roll only)
  • Washing Power boxes (empty)


  • Milk bottles
  • Soft drink bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Ice cream containers
  • Margarine tubs
  • Yoghurt containers
  • Plastic containers from kitchen (rinsed and empty) e.g. sauce bottles
  • Plastic containers from laundry (rinsed and empty) e.g. detergent bottles
  • Plastic containers from bathroom (rinsed and empty) e.g. shampoo bottles
  • Take-away food containers (rinsed, not polystyrene)


  • All steel cans/tins including:
    • Food tins (rinsed)
    • Pet food tins (rinsed)
  • Beer bottle tops
  • Jar lids


  • Newspapers
  • Paper (not shredded)
  • Paper bags
  • Computer paper (not shredded)
  • Envelopes
  • Fruit juice cartons (not silver lined)
  • Milk cartons (not silver lined)
  • Glossy magazines/brochures
  • Junk mail
  • Wrapping paper


Glass bottles and jars including:
  • Beer bottles
  • Coffee jars
  • Sauce bottles (rinsed)
  • Spirit bottles
  • Wine bottles

What not to place in your recycling bin

  • Silver-lined UHT containers (long-life packaging)
  • Plastic bags or soft plastics (find your nearest recycle station here)
  • Nappies
  • Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and tubes
  • Batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Flares
  • Aerosol cans (full or empty)
  • Household waste
  • Food or green waste
  • Polystyrene, meat trays, cups and beads
  • Motor oil containers
  • Any glass items except bottles and jars
  • Crockery: Pyrex, plates, mugs, etc
  • Plastic lids (too small for the machine)
  • Textiles or clothing
  • X Rays

Items that appear bold in the list are the most common contaminators of recycling in the City.