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 and dried, with the majority of food scraps removed.
  • 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. 
  • Do not jam items into your bin, to avoid issues when the bin is emptied.

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

What to put in your bins


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 Powder boxes (empty)


  • Milk bottles
  • Soft drink bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Ice cream containers
  • Margarine tubs
  • Yoghurt containers
  • Plastic containers from kitchen, laundry and bathroom (rinsed)
  • 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
  • Envelopes
  • 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

Do not place in your recycling bin

The following items should not be placed in your yellow-lidded recylcing bin. 
Items in bold are the most common contaminators of recycling in the City.

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