Additional recycling bin (Yellow lid bin)

If you consistently have more recycling waste than will fit in your bin, you can order an additional recycling bin for an extra fee.

The establishment fee and annual service fee for the first year is $123.00.00 and is payable upon application.  The annual fee thereafter will be approximately $54.00 per year and will be added to the annual rates and charges.

Please note: The person applying for the additional bin needs to be the owner of the property or the managing agent.

What can I put in my Recycle Bin?

Want to order an additional recycling bin? please complete the form below.

Containers for Change

The Western Australian State Government has introduced Containers for Change to help reduce litter, improve recycling rates, create new business and employment opportunities across the State, and provide a new way for community organisations and charities to raise money.

From 1 October 2020 Western Australia’s new container deposit scheme that will see millions of bottles and cans diverted from landfill each year will commence.

Western Australia Return Recycle Renew (WARRRL) is the not-for-profit organisation created to establish and run the Containers for Change scheme in Western Australia. WARRRL focus on reducing container litter, increasing recycling efforts and helping communities by encouraging social enterprise and creating jobs.

Refund points have been established in every region across the State, from the Kimberley to the Great Southern. View locations and various refund points..

All information on the eligible containers and how you can recycle with Containers for Change can be found online.

There are four types of refund points in WA where you can return eligible containers. The best one for you could depend on how many containers you’re returning and how you would like to receive your refund. View various refund points.






General waste (red lid) bin processing

General waste should be placed in the red lid bin only.

  1. General waste is collected and transported to the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) at Neerabup
  2. The organic contents (eg. approximately 50%), such as garden waste, food scraps, cottons or textiles, are composted. The compost is used in the rehabilitation of degraded lands and as a soil conditioner
  3. The remaining non-organic, residual waste is then sent to landfill.

How to make better compost

Place no glass – whole or broken in your general waste bin

If glass is placed in the green lid bin it can reduce the quality of the compost.

The “No Glass” campaign is coordinated by Mindarie Regional Council and involves City of Joondalup, City of Wanneroo, Town of Cambridge, City of Vincent and Town of Victoria Park.

Further information regarding green waste and green waste collections is available in the Waste Guide.

Reducing waste

Avoid – prevent waste in the first instance

  • Maintain and repair items rather than disposing of them
  • Grow your own fruit, vegetables, herbs and nuts at home
  • Purchase quality products that have no or minimal packaging.

Reduce – to produce less waste

  • Refuse single plastic e.g. cups and straws
  • Purchase in bulk where possible
  • Say no to junk mail
  • Only purchase what you need.

Reuse – use the same item more than once

  • Take your own reusable shopping and produce bags to the shops
  • Consider hosting a garage sale
  • Find creative ways to repurpose waste for practical purposes, art projects or gifts
  • Consider purchasing eco-friendly products made from recycled materials
  • Opt for reusable rather than disposable products, such as keep cups instead of disposable coffee cups, carry your own utensils to avoid single use knives, forks and spoons
  • Take reusable items to the REUSE shop at Tamala Park.

Recycle – converting waste materials into new materials and objects

  • Recycle all paper, cardboard, milk and juice cartons, glass bottles and jars, aluminium and steel cans, plastic bottles and containers in the yellow lid recycling bin
  • Green waste from the lime green lid is turned into compost
  • Place food or garden waste in a compost or worm farm at home
  • Instead of putting soft plastic in the red lid bin, take it to a REDcycle location
  • Take eligible containers to a Containers for Change drop off point
  • Clean and undamaged clothes can be donated to a local charity shop
  • Local schools can participate in a waste education program funded by the City of Joondalup, please visit this page or call 9400 4077 for further information.

Please refer to the A-Z Waste Disposal Guide to ensure you are sorting your waste correctly.

Recycling bin (yellow lid)

What you can put into your yellow lid recycling bin?

  • Clean rigid plastics – bottles and containers, rigid plastic containers
  • Clean paper and cardboards – milk and juice cartons, magazines, newspaper, egg cartons, cereal boxes
  • Clean aluminium and steel – food, drink and pet food cans
  • Clean glass – (including broken glass) – food and drink bottles and jars.

What you cannot put in your yellow lid recycling bin

  • Nappies and animal waste
  • Plastic bags and soft plastics
  • Organic waste – garden clippings, food waste
  • Electronic waste
  • Batteries
  • Medical waste and syringes
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Ceramics – plates, mugs etc
  • Hazardous waste (paint and paint tins, chemicals, asbestos)
  • Liquids
  • Aerosols
  • Shredded paper
  • Bottle tops/lids
  • UHT containers (long life).

Helpful tips

  • Keep recyclables loose and not in bags
  • Flatten cardboard boxes and squash plastic bottles and cans
  • Remove lids from all bottles, jars, containers – place lids in red lid general waste bin
  • Rinse items.

Missed or half emptied bins

If your recycling bin was missed/not emptied on your collection day please phone SUEZ on 9350 7196.

Car battery and engine oil recycling

As of March 2021, the City of Joondalup has indefinitely ceased the kerbside collection of used car batteries and motor oils.

Batteries, oil and other hazardous products must not be disposed of in household waste and recycling bins. These items pose a risk to staff, vehicles and sorting equipment during the collection and processing of waste and recycling.

This decision has been made in response to occupational health and safety concerns, particularly regarding the handling and transport, as well as the risks to the community and the environment when hazardous items are placed in domestic collections.

There are several drop off centres that residents can continue to effectively and safely dispose of batteries and motor oils, free of charge:

  • Tamala Park Recycling Facility, 1700 Marmion Avenue, Mindarie
  • Recycling Centre Balcatta, 238 Balcatta Road, Balcatta
  • Wangara Greens Recycling Facility, 70 Motivation Drive, Wangara
  • Various retail outlets that sell batteries and engine oils who have disposal options which may be local to you

Search the waste disposal guide


Where to recycle batteries and other items

City of Joondalup Libraries

Duncraig Joondalup Whitford Woodvale
Mobile phones
Batteries  √
Ink cartridge
Compact fluoro globes

Each library has purpose built recycle bins.

Other locations

Joondalup Customer Service Centre Tamala Park Officeworks Bunnings, Coles and Aldi Woolworths
Mobile phones  √
Household batteries up to 6V lantern size
Printer cartridge
Compact fluoro globes
Long fluoros