Sep 19, 2018, 10:57 AM

As a result of changes in the world market for recycled materials, there have been some changes to what can be placed in the yellow topped recycling bin. These changes have been implemented across Western Australia.

It is important to understand these changes as:

  • It reduces contamination and create cleaner recyclables
  • Communicates a clear and consistent message of what to recycle to the whole community

What has changed?

The main changes are:

  • Aerosols, soft plastics (scrunchable) and meat trays can no longer be placed in the yellow topped recycling bin
  • Bottle lids (off milk bottles, soft drinks etc) must now be placed in your general rubbish bin

What is allowed in your yellow topped recycling bin?

Refer to Cleanaway’s Frequently Asked Questions and Top 10 items contaminating your recycling guide.

Table 1. Accepted and non-accepted items

Yes No
Glass bottles and jars (clean and empty)

Polystyrene, meat trays, cups and beads

Milk and juice cartons excl. silver lined such as long life milk cartons (clean and empty) Cling wrap / film
Newspapers, paper and magazinesTake away coffee cups
Steel and aluminium cans (clean and empty

Soft plastics, plastic bags or soft ‘scrunchable’ plastics – these can be taken to a REDcycle drop-off point for recycling. 
Find a REDcycle drop-off point near you.

Plastic bottles and containers (remove lids)Light globes, gas bottles, flares, batteries and aerosols
Paper (not shredded)
Cardboard boxes (flatten and remove food)
Foil – large amounts that have been combined and scrunched into a ball
Textiles and clothing

Green waste or food waste

 Electronic waste
 batteries – Use the Recycling Near You search to find a battery recycling point near you


Items accepted :
  • aluminium cans
  • boxes
  • cardboard
  • cardboard boxes
  • glass
  • Glass bottles
  • hard plastic
  • juice bottles
  • juice cartons
  • magazines
  • milk bottles
  • milk cartons
  • newspapers
  • pans
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • plastic containers
  • pots
  • steel cans
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