What Goes in Each Bin?

1. What goes in the Recycling Bin? 

 Is what we put in our recycling bin actually recycled? What about contamination?

How can we reduce the negative impact of the waste (which includes recycling) we generate in our household?

It is important that our recycling facilities are delivered clean and appropriate loads so they can operate at maximum efficiency. We can all reduce contamination in our recycling bins by making sure we only place the right things in. You’ll be amazed at how your recycled waste can be put to good use. Watch this short video and check out our Cambridge recycling guide to find out more.

Any questions?

Call (08) 9384 6711, which is the Recycling Hotline provided by the West Metro Regional Council (WMRC).

Download the Recyclables Poster(PDF, 191KB) to see which items are accepted in the Town of Cambridge.

Request a Recycling Bin 



What do I do with soft plastics?

There is currently no recycling solution for residential soft plastics in Australia. Soft plastics must now be disposed of in the red bin (landfill).


2. What goes in the Green bin?

The green-lidded green waste bin is where you dispose of:

  • Grass clipping and weeds
  • Leaves and twigs
  • All garden prunings
  • Small branches and raw timber off-cuts (max length 30cm)

Having a green waste bin is optional and this service is provided at a annual cost.

The green bin is a convenient way to divert organic material from the general waste stream, with the contents of the bin converted to mulch or compost.

Request a Green Waste Bin

3. What goes in the General bin?

The red-lidded general waste bin is where you dispose of:

  • Food scraps (unless you compost or worm farm)
  • Nappies
  • Textiles and Clothes that are torn and dirty (rags)
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Receipts that are hot printed

We encourage you to use the general waste bin as 'the bin of last resort' and only use it for items that can't be recycled.

As a standard all households in the Town are provided with a 120 litre general waste bin.  For an additional annual charge a 240 litre bin can be provided.

If you are thinking of increasing the size of your general waste bin please call our Waste Management team on (08) 9347 6000.

4. Recycle Right app

A new app and website has been launched to help the people of Perth to Recycle Right.

The new resource (recycleright.wa.gov.au) encourages and assists residents and businesses in Western Australia to recycle, reduce their rubbish and buy more recycled products.

Developed by the ‘Recycle Right’ education program, the much-anticipated update of the Recycle Right app features:

  • Which Bin – find out at a glance, what goes in which bin along with what doesn’t belong there and the correct methods of disposal.
  • Bin Day Reminders – set an alert to reminder you of which bin goes out on what day for your area.
  • An ever-growing A–Z list of specific items and what to do with them.
  • Find My Nearest – an extensive database of drop-off locations or recycling facilities in Perth for items such as batteries, car parts, building/demolition waste, hazardous household waste and more.

The website also provides a Resources Hub of worksheets, how-to guides, fact sheets and templates.

Information on both the app and website is tailored to the full assortment of bin systems found in the Perth metropolitan area: 3-bin FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics), 3-bin GO (Garden Organics) and 2-bin. 

Find out more and download the app