You aren’t alone if you’ve found yourself asking “What bin should this go in?”

In Western Australia most households have at least two bins to use for their waste – a general waste bin (generally red or green lids) and a recycling bin (yellow lid bin, sometimes blue). A growing number also have a third bin – one that’s either exclusively for garden waste, or a ‘FOGO’ bin, for food waste and garden waste (lime green lid).  

This handy A-to-Z guide has been developed to help you to separate and sort your waste correctly.

If you cannot find the item you are looking for it’s best to check your local government’s waste services calendar, their website or give them a call.

If you’re after an overview about what can go in your recycling bin why not take a look at our article on recycling basics.

A-to-Z Guide on Where to Put Your Household Waste


Items to go in your kerbside recycling bin

Recyclables bin

All items should be rinsed, and placed in the bin loose, with lids off.

A
Aluminium cans
Aluminium foil (scrunched in a ball at least the size of a golf ball)
B
Beer bottles, cans and cartons
Bottles
Bottle lids – metal only
Broken glass
C
Cardboard (boxes and other types – flattened)
Cereal boxes
Christmas wrapping paper
Coffee jars and cans (without lids)
Cosmetic jars (no lids)
D
Deodorant – roll on (lid off)
Drink cans
E
Egg cartons
Envelopes (including plastic window)
F
Food cans
Fruit juice cartons (not silver lined)
G
Glass bottles and jars (lids off)
Glossy magazines/brochures
I
Ice cream containers (cardboard and plastic, lids separated)
J
Jars (lids off)
Jar lids
Juice cartons, bottles and containers (not silver lined, lids off)
Junk mail
L
Lunch boxes – no longer in use (hard plastic)
M
Magazines
Margarine tubs (lids separated)
Milk bottles and cartons (lids off)
N
Newspapers (clean, no plastic wrap)
P
Paper (not shredded)
Paper bags (clean)
Pet food cans/tins
Pizza boxes (relatively clean)
Plastic containers (lids removed)
Punnets (empty)
S
Sauce bottles (lids removed)
Soft drink bottles (lids removed)
Soft drink cans
Spirit bottles (lids off)
Steel cans
T
Take-away plastic food containers (rinsed, lids removed)
Toilet rolls
W
Water bottles (lids removed)
Waxed cardboard and paper
Wine bottles (lids removed)
Wrapping paper
Y
Yoghurt plastic containers (lids removed)

Items to go in your FOGO bin (if you have one)

FOGO bin

If you do not have a FOGO bin these items should go in your general waste bin or be composted.

A
Apple cores
B
Bones and shells
Branches (small)
Bread
Bin liners (compostable)
C
Christmas tree – real
Coffee grounds
Compostable bin liners
Cooking fat – in newspaper
D
Dairy products
E
Egg shells
F
Flowers
Food scraps
G
Garden waste
H
Human and animal hair
K
Kitty litter (compostable varieties only)
L
Lawn clippings
Leaves
M
Manure / animal droppings
N
Newspaper – soiled
O
Oil (cooking, small quantities)
P
Paper shredded
Paper towels/napkins
Peels (fruit and vegetable)
S
Seafood (incl shells)
Soap bar / liquid (small quantities)
T
Tea bags
Terracotta tiles/pots
Tissues
W
Weeds
Wood – garden pruning

Items to go in your general waste bin

General waste bin

A
Ash (once cold)
B
Baking paper
Balloons
Band-aids
Barbecue charcoal (once cold)
Baskets (cane, wooden and plastic)
Beads (polystyrene / Styrofoam)
Biodegradable packaging
Bin liners (biodegradable)
C
Candles and candle wax
Car restraints/seat belts (cut)
Cassette tapes
CDs/DVDs
Ceramics
Christmas decorations
Cigarette butts
Condoms
Clothes hangers
Clothing
Coffee cups – take-away
Compostable coffee cups / pods
Compostable nappies
Compostable take-away containers
Cookware
Corks
Cotton wool and cotton buds
Cups and saucers
Cutlery
D
Disposable nappies
Disposable razors
DVDs
F
Fishing line and hooks
Foam
Fruit juice cartons (silver-lined)
G
Glad wrap
Gloves – disposable
Grease proof paper/baking paper
H
Hose (cut into short lengths)
I
Inflatable pool toys
K
Kitty litter (non-compostable varieties)
Knives
L
Leaver arch files
Long-life, silver-lined or tetra packaging
M
Magnets
Meat trays – plastic and foam
Milk bottle lids
Mirrors – broken Mouse traps
N
Nappies
P
Pens / biros / textas / pencils / felt tips
Photographs
Picture frames
Pillows
Pizza box (soiled/oily)
Placemats
Plastic meat trays
Polystyrene
R
Rags
Razors
Rope (cut into short lengths)
S
Sanitary pads
Soft drink bottle lids
Straws
Styrofoam
T
Take-away coffee cups
Take-away food containers (dirty or compostable)
Tampons
Tetrapacks
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste tubes
Toys
V
Vacuum cleaner dust
Video tapes

Items to keep OUT of your kerbside bins

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These items don’t belong in your kerbside bins. If you can, try to donate rather than throw them out.
* May be collected during bulk waste verge side collection. If you do not have a collection contact your local government or regional council to find out where to take them.

A
Acids
Aerosol cans
Agricultural chemicals
Ammonia
Asbestos
B
Barbecues*
Batteries
Bicycle parts
Biscuit wrappers
Blankets
Bleach
Blinds*
Books
Bottle lids – plastic
Brake fluid
Bricks and building materials
Bubble wrap
Bulky items* (whitegoods, furniture etc)
C
Car batteries
Car parts
Carpet*
Cellophane
Cereal bags
Chairs*
Chemical drums
Chip packets
Chocolate wrappers
Christmas lights – no longer working*
Christmas tree – artificial*
Cleaning products and containers
Cockroach baits
Coffee pods
Colorbond fencing
Computer parts
Concrete
D
Deodorant – aerosol
Dry cleaning bags
E
Electrical appliances or equipment – no longer working*
Electrical cables
F
Fencing
Fertiliser
Fibreglass
Fire extinguishers
Fishing rods*
Flammable liquids
Flares
Fridges*
Furniture*
G
Garden chemicals/poison
Gardening tools*
Gas cylinders
Glasses – spectacles
Guttering
H
Hair dye bottles
Hard drives
Hose (long lengths)*
I
Insecticides
Inkjet cartridges
K
Kitchen sinks*
L
Lattice*
Lawn mowers*
Light bulbs
Lolly wrappers
M
Masonite
Mattresses
Medicines
Mineral turpentine
Mirrors (large)*
Mobile phones and chargers
Modems
Mops and brooms*
Motor oil and containers
N
Nail polish
Needles
O
Office chairs*
Oil filters and motor oil
P
Padded post packs
Paint, paint stripper and paint thinners including paint tins
Pallets*
Pavers
Perspex
Pest control chemicals and containers
Petrol and flammable liquids
Plastic bags
Plastic bottle lids
Plastic sheets – tarpaulin or drop sheets*
Poison
Pool chemicals
Potato chip packets
Prams and strollers*
Printer cartridges
Q
Quilts
R
Rags with oil*
Rat poison
Rope (long lengths)*
Rubber tyres
S
Shoe polish
Smoke alarms
Soil
T
Tiles
Timber*
Toasters*
Tyres
U
USBs
V
Varnish
Vertical and venetian blinds*
Vinyl
W
White goods*
Wooden planks/bits of furniture*
X
X-ray film
Y
Yoghurt pouches
Z
Zip lock bags

Inspired to Own Your Impact?

If you’re motivated to reduce how much waste you’re producing why not take a look at some of our other articles, including learning how local repair cafes can help you to fix broken items, why the Buy-Nothing movement is gaining such momentum in our communities and the benefits of joining a toy library.