Three bins FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the City implementing a three bin system for waste collection?

The new three bin system will help:

  • Give residents greater capacity for recycling green waste by supplying a 240L lime green lid bin
  • Assist the City in achieving the State Government’s waste diversion from landfill target of 65% by 2020
  • Reduce the environmental impacts of sending organic waste to landfill
  • Reduce the impact of increasing landfill costs on the annual refuse charge to ratepayers.

What will the three-bin service look like?

  • General waste – One 140L red lid bin, emptied weekly
  • Recycling – One 240L or 360L yellow lid bin, emptied fortnightly
  • Green waste – One 240L lime green lid bin, emptied fortnightly.

This means each week you will present two bins on the verge for collection:

  • Either the red lid general waste bin and yellow lid recycling bin
  • Or the red lid general waste bin and lime green lid green waste bin.

Why is the general waste bin reducing from 240L to 140L in size?

  • Waste audits revealed about 32% of general waste is green waste and 26% is recyclable waste. This green waste and recycling can go into the designated bins leaving less waste to go into the 140L general waste bin
  • A 140L general waste bin will encourage residents to increase recycling and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill
  • Some residents may find they require the larger 360L recycling bin, which is available at no additional cost to residents.

Will the introduction of the three bin system result in an increased refuse charge for households?

No, the new standard waste system of a 140L waste bin, 240L or 360L recycling bin and the 240L green waste bin will be charged at the current standard refuse charge of $346.00.

I’m worried my waste won’t fit in my new 140L red lid general waste bin. What can I do?

Make sure all your recycling is placed in the yellow lid recycling bin and your green waste is placed in the lime green lid green waste bin. Separate out your soft plastic packaging and return this to Coles or Woolworths stores for recycling. Come along to one of the City’s events where further information on how to reduce the waste created at home will be available.

I do sort my waste however I think the 140L waste bin will be full before collection day, what can I do now?

The City encourages residents to become more sustainable and find ways to reduce the amount of waste they place in the waste bin. Households who have attempted to reduce their waste but still regularly overfill the 140L red lid general waste bin can opt out of the 140L bin for a 240L red lid general waste bin from December 2018.

Form to opt out general waste bin (red lid) 140L to 240L

Will opting out of the new standard waste service cost me more?

Yes, to opt out of the 140L waste bin for a larger 240L waste bin the owner or agent must pay an opt out fee of $85.00 payable at the time of application. Due to opting out an additional charge will be applied on your rates notice attributed to the larger 240L waste bin. The additional charge will be set as part of the City’s annual budget.

My yellow lid recycling bin is full every fortnight. What can I do?

The City offers a 50% larger yellow lid recycling bin (360L) which provides more space for recycling. There is no additional charge for a larger recycling bin.

Form to upgrade to a 360L recycling bin

How will the City change from a two bin system to the three bin system?

To achieve this new service the City will:

  • Provide a new 140L red lid general waste bin
  • Exchange the dark green lid on the current waste bin for a lime green lid, which will be used for green waste
  • Also offer residents the opportunity to exchange the current 240L yellow lid recycling bin for a larger 360L yellow lid recycling bin to provide additional capacity for recycling.

When will the roll out of the three bin system occur?

Implementation of the three bin system will be phased in and will coincide with your bin collection day. It is anticipated that this will commence in late January 2019.

How will the City swap the bin lid?

During the rollout residents will be requested to leave the green lid 240L general waste bin on the verge on collection day from 6.00am until 6.00pm to allow time for the contractor to swap the old green lid to the new lime green lid. Bins that are damaged will be swapped for a replacement bin with the correct colour lid.

How many properties will get the new bins?

The roll out of the three bin system will encompass up to 60,000 residential properties throughout the City’s 22 suburbs.

Will the third bin that gets delivered be a new bin?

Yes, the contractor will deliver a new 140L red lid general waste bin to your property.

How long will it take to start the green waste service after the lid swap on the 240L bin?

As soon as the new lid has been swapped you will be able to use it. The 240L lime green lid bin will be collected on the opposite week to the recycling bin.

Why are there three different bin lid colours?

The City is moving to the Australian Standard for bin lid colours.

  • Red for general household waste
  • Lime green for garden waste
  • Yellow for recycling.

This is to aid source separation of waste and for each bin to be clearly identifiable.

What will happen to all the old dark green lids from the general waste bins?

The City has arranged for the dark green lids to be recycled.

I live in a multi-unit dwelling with shared bins, do I get a third bin?

If you are paying the refuse charge and have green waste to dispose of, you are entitled to a green waste bin. Arrangements can be made according to property requirements including, where practical, shared green waste bins. Please contact the City to discuss.

How much is the new service going to cost residents?

Even though the new service will increase from a two bin service to a three bin service there is no increase in the refuse charge for the 2018/19 financial year, it will remain at $346.00 for the 140L red lid bin the 240L green lid bin and either the 240L or 360L yellow lid recycle bins.

What can go in my red lid general waste bin?

General waste such as:

  • Food scraps
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Animal waste
  • Nappies and wipes
  • Broken items
  • Shredded paper (bagged).

What can go in to the yellow lid recycling bin?

Clean recyclables such as:

  • Glass – jars, bottles (lids removed)
  • Aluminium and steel – cans, trays and clean foil
  • Rigid plastics – bottles, jars (lids removed), containers, trays
  • Paper and cardboard – junk mail, milk and juice cartons, egg cartons.

What can go in to the lime green lid green waste bin?

Loose organic garden waste such as:

  • Lawn clippings
  • Small branches
  • Leaves and flowers
  • Tree prunings and cuttings
  • Weeds.

How do I get further information about what goes in each bin?

By referring to the City’s website, and the information pack that will be provided during the rollout. The new green waste bin lid will have pictures of items accepted. A sticker showing what goes in the recycle bin will be in the information pack. If you are still unsure or have an item to dispose of that is not listed anywhere contact the City on 9400 4255.

Where will the waste from the red lid general waste bin go for processing?

Waste from the red lid general waste bin will be sent to the Resource Recovery Facility (composting plant) in Neerabup where the waste is processed, and the organic waste portion is turned into compost. The residual non-organic waste left after processing is taken to landfill at Tamala Park.

Where will the green waste from the lime green lid bin go for processing?

Green waste will go to a composting facility.

Where will recyclables from the yellow lid bin go for processing?

The City currently has a contract with a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) provider in South Guildford.

Is it compulsory to have a third bin for green waste?

If you don’t have gardens, lawns or plants you may not want a green waste bin. Residents who meet this criteria and wish to opt out of the green waste bin should click here to go to the form to cancel the green waste bin before 4 January 2019. If this form is not completed your property will receive the green waste bin as part of the roll out.

Form to opt out of green waste bin (lime green lid)

What is a FOGO bin?

FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics. A FOGO bin is for food organics and garden organics disposal only and is collected weekly. The City of Joondalup does not have a FOGO bin service.

Why did the City not go FOGO?

Currently the City’s domestic waste goes to a facility that separates out the organic food waste for composting and the inorganic waste is sent to landfill. The City will continue to investigate more streamlined FOGO options for the future.

Can I put my food waste in the new lime green lid greens bin?

No, the lime green lid bin is for green waste only, it is collected every fortnight. Please only place loose organic garden waste in this bin, including:

  • Lawn clippings
  • Small branches
  • Leaves and flowers
  • Tree pruning’s and cuttings
  • Weeds.

If I don’t receive the third bin will I be entitled to a reduction in the refuse charge?

No. The City provides a range of waste services for the refuse charge, not just household bins. These services include bulk hard waste collections, bulk greens collections, greens tipping vouchers, e-waste collection days. animal waste dispensers, litter collections and bins in parks and open spaces.

My bin is cracked, the lid is broken or a wheel is missing. What do I do?

If your bin needs repairing or replacing before the three bin roll out, please call the City on 9400 4255 or complete the online form.