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 (clean and empty) Cling wrap
Newspapers, paper and magazines Take away coffee cups
Steel and aluminium cans (clean and empty Soft plastics, plastic bags or film
Pots and pans Light globes, gas bottles, flares, batteries and aerosols
Plastic bottles and containers (remove lids) Nappies
Paper (not shredded) Textiles and clothing
Cardboard boxes (flattened and remove food) Green waste or food waste
Foil – large amounts that have been combined and scrunched into a ball Electronic waste


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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