city of cockburn 3 bin trial

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Why is the City of Cockburn trialling a 3-bin system?

The Garden Waste Bin Trial is being put in place so that garden waste can be separated from the main waste stream to be processed into mulch. This is a more economic option for the City. There are 1200 households participating in the trial.

The materials in your yellow top bin are sorted at a recycling facility and sold to various markets. Making sure that items are LOOSE (i.e. not in plastic bags) & RINSED will help the recycler to find end uses for the materials.

When do my bins get emptied?

Your red-lid and yellow-lid bins will be emptied on a weekly basis. Your green-lid Green Waste bin will be emptied fortnightly.

Green bin calendar dates

2015 Dates
October 7 & 21
November 4 & 18

2016 Dates
January 14 & 28
February 10 & 14
March 9 & 23
April 6 & 20
May 4 & 18
June 1, 15 & 29
July 13 & 27
August 10 & 24
September 7 & 21

What can I place in my lime green-topped garden waste bin?

All organic garden waste including:

  • Grass clippings
  • Weeds (including noxious)
  • Twigs & sticks
  • Prunings, cutings and trimmings
  • Palm fronds
  • Palm tree nuts

What can I place in my yellow-topped recycling bin?

  • Nothing liquid or messy. Please rinse and empty containers
  • All glass (includes broken glass)
  • All plastics (including cling wrap and loose plastic bags)
  • Plastic bottles (empty with lids off)
  • All aluminium / steel cans & tins (includes aerosol cans, tin/aluminium foil)
  • All dry paper / cardboard products (includes wax cartons, clean pizza boxes)
  • Pizza boxes with food scraps scraped off
  • Chip, lolly and pie wrappers

What can I place in my red-topped food waste/general household waste bin?

Food scraps including:

  • Seafood and meat (including bones, shells, fat and offcuts)
  • Dairy products
  • Egg shells
  • Leftovers and scraps
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Cereal, pasta, bread, cakes and pastries
  • Coffee grounds, tea bags and tea leaves

Other organic waste including:

  • Paper towel, serviettes & tissues
  • Paper plates
  • Fish & chip paper
  • Pet excrement
  • Pet hair & fur

General household waste including:

  • Nappies
  • Band-aids
  • Soiled items
  • Shredded paper
  • Sanitary items
  • Cotton wool & cotton wool buds

Please visit to find out how to dispose of items which can’t go in any household bin.

For more information on the City of Cockburn 3 bin trial, or to see a map of the trial area, visit

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