Managing waste wisely

Recycling rules are consistent across Perth

Only recycle the 5 - cardboard, paper, cans, jars and bottles

Recycling rules are consistent across all local governments in Perth 

For all councils in the Perth Metropolitan Area there is a consistent list of what can and can’t be recycled in your yellow lid bin. These changes are part of an effort to reduce contamination and make recycling easier for everyone. We have a range of resources available to help you learn what can and can’t be recycled. For more information send us an email at

What can you recycle through your kerbside recycling bin?

The following items should be placed in your recycling bin rinsed, loose and with lids removed:

  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Paper (not shredded paper) 
  • Cardboard
  • Clean plastic bottles, tubs and containers
  • Glass bottles and jars

Place all items loose in your recycling bin.

What CAN’T you recycle through your kerbside bin?

Recycling facilities in WA can NOT accept the following items in the yellow-lidded recycling bin:

Soft ‘scrunchable’ plastics

Please put all soft plastics into your red-lidded general waste bin. Plastic bags, cling wrap, bubble wrap, lolly wrappers, chip packets, cereal bags and other soft, scrunchable plastics get mixed up with bales of paper and cardboard at the recycling facilities, making them hard to sell. REDcycle collections from major supermarkets are currently paused. You can help by purchasing less soft plastic, choosing items with minimal packaging, using reusable bags and contacting producers to request that they minimise unnecessary packaging.

Aerosol cans

Aerosol cans are hazardous as they generally contain residual flammable liquids, which can cause fires and explosions at the recycling facility. Please take aerosols to the West Metro Recycling Centre  located on the corner of Brockway Road and Lemnos Street, Shenton Park. They will be sent off for recycling through the Household Hazardous Waste program.

Meat trays

Due to contamination of meat trays and the mixture of materials used to make them, they should be placed in your general waste bin. Consider buying your meat from a butcher where purchases are wrapped in paper or try taking your own reusable container.


Polystyrene is light and bulky, making it uneconomical to recycle through the kerbside recycling bin. Bulk polystyrene is only recyclable via specialist recycling and can be dropped off at the West Metro Recycling Centre for free.

Coffee Cups

Take-away coffee cups and lids are unable to be recycled in WA. Try to avoid single-use and bring your own.

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