If in doubt leave it out - a simplified guide to using your yellow-topped bin.

For the first time there is a clear set of guidelines for all WA households about what can and can't be put in your yellow-topped recycling bin, making it easier for you to own your impact and do the right thing.

Woman using yellow-topped recycling bins

We all know to look for the recycling symbol, but just because an item is labelled 'recyclable' it doesn't mean that it's easy to do, or that the organisation responsible for collecting your waste locally can. 

These new guidelines, agreed in partnership with these organisations and applicable to all Western Australians, are designed to help make it easier than ever to use your yellow-topped recycling bin correctly and help avoid unnecessary contamination. 

Here's everything you need to know...

These items go in your yellow-topped bin: 

Yellow-topped bin recycling advice

This means that any containers made from plastic steel, glass or aluminium, along with paper (not shredded) and cardboard should be placed in your yellow-topped bin when you are at home and, in bins marked 'recycling' when you are out and about. 

These items DO NOT go in your yellow-topped bin: 

  • material in bags (any recyclable material should be placed loose in the bin);
  • plastic bags (including food packaging) and light plastic film;
  • nappies;
  • clothes or other textiles;
  • garden and food waste;
  • batteries or e-waste;
  • gas bottles and aerosols; and
  • ropes, cables and garden hose pipes. 

As the saying goes, if in doubt, leave it out - you don't want to be responsible for contaminating other recycling! Visit Recycle Right, or contact your council to find out how other items should be disposed of correctly. 

For more advice on how to recycle better at home download the Own Your Impact Recycle Better fact sheet or check out our top tips


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