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Get to know what to put in what bin. Correctly sorting waste helps to reduce what goes to landfill, increases recycling rates and creates a cleaner compost.

Find out what to put in each bin below:


Collected weekly

What can go into the lime green-lidded Food Organics, Garden Organics (FOGO) bin

✔ Raw and cooked leftover food
✔ Fruit and vegetables
✔ Bread, cereal, pasta and grains
✔ Used paper towel, napkins, shredded paper and tissues
✔ Food soiled paper and cardboard (fish & chips wrapping, pizza boxes etc.)
✔ Tea bags and coffee grounds
✔ Grass clippings and small prunings

Maximum weight limit 70kg.

Contents are processed at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) and turned into high quality compost.

What does NOT go into the FOGO bin

The following items will contaminate your FOGO bin and should NOT be placed in it:

✘ General rubbish
✘ Nappies and hygiene products
✘ Coffee pods
✘ Toiletry items (razors, toothpaste tubes etc.)
✘ Plastic bags (only the supplied compostable liners or newspaper to wrap food scraps are to be used)
✘ Construction, demolition and building materials (no bricks, sand, soil, concrete, rocks or asbestos)
✘ Glass or ceramics (place glass into your yellow-lidded recycling bin)
✘ Hazardous waste, including petrol, gas cylinders, paints, motor oils, garden chemicals and poisons, pool chemicals, cleaners, acids, bleaches and ammonia, medicines and flammable liquids
✘ Medical wastes or needles

Recycling Bin

Collected fortnightly

What can go into the yellow-lidded recycling bin 

✔ Paper (not shredded)
✔ Cardboard including pizza boxes (clean) and waxed cartons
✔ Glass including broken glass (including metal lids)
✔ Aluminium wrap (clean, and scrunched into a ball)
✔ Plastic containers and bottles (but not the lids)
✔ Cans (aluminium and steel)

All items should be empty, rinsed, and placed loosely in the bin.

Maximum weight limit 70kg.

What does NOT go into the recycling bin 

✘ Building waste
✘ Hazardous waste including batteries and paint
✘ Food or garden waste
✘ Nappies
✘ Soft or scrunchable plastics
✘ Aerosols 
✘ Meat trays 
✘ Polystyrene
✘ Recycling in bags
✘ E-Waste
✘ Plastic lids


General Waste Bin

Collected fortnightly

What can go into the red-lidded general waste bin

✔ General rubbish items
✔ Nappies and hygiene products
✔ Polystyrene and soft plastics
✔ Ropes, straps and hoses
✔ Meat trays
✔ Tetra Paks (long life milk containers etc.)
✔ Plastic lids

Maximum weight limit 70kg.

What does NOT go into the general waste bin 

✘ Food organics
✘ Garden organics
✘ Clean recycling
✘ Hazardous waste, including petrol, gas cylinders, paints, motor oils, garden chemicals and poisons, pool chemicals, cleaners, acids, bleaches and ammonia, medicines and flammable liquids
✘ Medical wastes or needles

Visit for a full list and A-Z of what goes in what bin. 


A-Z of What Goes in What Bin

Use Recycle Right's A-Z Guide to find out what goes in what bin.

Recycling Mythbusters

Learn about the myths from a City of Melville perspective, plus how to use the FOGO system to increase recycling and reduce contamination.

1. Putting my recycling in a plastic bag is fine. It will still get recycled.

No, it won’t. Bags could contain all sorts of nasties from general rubbish to dirty nappies, or worse!. With up to 60 tonnes an hour of recycling to go through, staff do not have time to open each bag. Anything in a bag goes straight to landfill.

2. We can recycle all our beverage cartons.

Any non foil lined beverage carton is fine to go in the recycling – just make sure you take the lid off first. Also 2020 will see the introduction of the 10c container refund in WA. A trial run at Kidchella 2019 brought in 2,459 containers in just 4 hours. Watch out for a Cash For Cans collection point near you next year.

3. I don’t think glass should go in the recycling bin.

We’re lucky here in WA, all our glass gets crushed and used for road base. That means that pretty much any type of glass can go in your recycling bin. Avoid those with film on such as mirror glass or toughened such as Pyrex. All the rest can go loose into your yellow lidded recycling bin.

4. Our recycling just gets dumped in landfill.

WA is doing a great job with it’s recycling. Many of the stories about wasted recycling relate to poor practice in other states, but not us. Each year 1,043,588 recycling bins are emptied in the City of Melville and our recycling is sorted at the Canning Vale Resource Recovery and Recycling Centre. Here things that should not be in the recycling bin, such as plastic bags, polystyrene, take away cups and straws, organics and food contaminated paper, are removed. These contaminants do go to landfill. The rest is sent off to become new materials.

5. Organics are fine to go in landfill. They rot down anyway.

Food and garden organics do break down in landfill but they produce greenhouse gasses (especially methane) and leachate – an acidic liquid that can contaminate ground water. Organics in landfill are lost to the composting system – what a waste. Since the FOGO roll out City of Melville has collected 4198.37T of organics and sent them off for composting.

6. My plastic bag can go in the recycling bin.

Plastic bags, and any other soft plastic wrappers or bags, foul up the recycling system. They get caught up in the machinery and stop it from working or they go flat and behave like paper, poisoning the paper stream.  It’s the red lidded general rubbish bin for them or take them back to the RedCycle drop offs found at Woolworths or Coles.

7. Single use plastic cutlery and straws can go in the recycling bin.

Single use plastics cannot be recycled via your recycling bin. They are too small or they shatter and contaminate the other recycling streams. They often do not follow the ‘made of one material’ rule for recyclables. Same goes for polystyrene cups and trays.

8. Biodegradable or compostable things are fine to go in the recycling bin.

City of Melville’s caddy liners are compostable but they should never go in the yellow lidded bin. They are designed for the lime green lidded FOGO bin only. Biodegradable or compostable materials.get caught up with the recyclable plastics and contaminate them.

9. Biodegradable items go in my FOGO bin.

Many ‘degradable’ and ‘biodegradable’ products are still partially made with plastic and break down into harmful micro-plastics. Companies want to persuade you to buy their products, so sometimes they make their products look ‘green’ and ‘eco-friendly’ when they’re actually not - this is called  greenwashing.

Stick to the facts: compostable bags and other products displaying these symbols and certified Australian Standard numbers are a go for FOGO! Items made from a mixture of plant and plastic materials must be placed in your red-lidded general waste bin, as they cannot be recycled.

Recycling near you!

There are some items that cannot go in any of your kerbside bins. Things like fluorescent lights, household batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones contain a mix of hazardous and valuable materials.  You can now recycle these at a location near you with the City Of Melville’s new recycling stations. Check out the new Recycling Stations at Blue Gum Community Centre, Willagee Community Centre and AH Bracks Library + Creative Space.

Items accepted include:

🔋 Household batteries

🖨️ Ink cartridges

📱 Old mobile phones and chargers

💡 Household light globes and fluoro tubes

You can find these stations in the foyers of each of these buildings. Happy recycling!

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