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Your Bins

City of Prospect encourages recycling, composting and sustainable consumption. Avoiding waste is the best option to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and demand on natural resources.

City of Prospect provides households with a three bin system kerbside waste and collection service through its contractor East Waste that is at the forefront of environmentally responsible waste management.

City of Prospect’s three bin waste collection service includes:

  • A 240 litre bin with a yellow lid for recyclables, collected fortnightly
  • A 240 litre bin with a lime green lid for food and garden organics, collected fortnightly
  • A 140 litre bin with a red lid for waste to landfill, collected weekly

Check our 2020 Kerbside Collection Calendar for collection map and dates.

Did you know?

  • Just one recycling or organics bin containing unsuitable materials can be enough to contaminate an entire truck load. This may result in it all going to landfill.
  • Sending waste to landfill is expensive. The costs of waste and recycling are rising, and Council is paying increased waste levies and fees. The cost of landfilling is substantially higher than composting or recycling resources, so significant cost savings can be gained by separating and diverting resources from landfill. Using the correct bins will save Council money and take pressure off your rates. A substantial saving of 85% can be gained if we place food, garden organics and other compostable materials in the green bin.  A 60% saving can be gained by placing recyclable material in the yellow bin.
  • A recent audit showed the average residential waste to landfill bin contains (by weight) 14.5% recyclables, 28.7% compostable organics, with an additional 8.2% being packaged food that could also have been recovered if separated correctly.  The 1.7% was other items including electronic resources which could be recycled at designated drop off locations and soft plastics which could be recycled through the supermarket REDcycle bins. That’s 53.1% of resources wasted!

Which bin should you use?

Recycling and reuse (yellow lid)

Recycling is taken for sorting and reprocessing into new products.


  • Paper and cardboard  (newspapers, magazines, envelopes, egg cartons, cardboard boxes, milk and juice cartons)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tin, aluminium and steel cans
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Metal lids (collect steel lids inside a steel can, squash top of can together to contain them, then place in bin)
  • Aluminium foil trays, wrap and lids (scrunch together into a ball, then place in bin)
  • Rigid plastic containers (drink bottles, milk and juice bottles, laundry and bathroom containers, ice-cream and yoghurt containers, margarine containers, takeaway food containers)
  • Plastic lids (collect inside a clear PET plastic bottle, once full place in bin)

Don’t contaminate your recycling bin with

  • General waste
  • Plastic bags/recycling in bags
  • Clothing/fabric/textiles
  • Electronic waste - take to free drop off facility
  • Food
  • Nappies
  • Liquids
  • Garden (organic) material
  • Polystyrene/foam
  • Bricks and building materials
  • Shredded paper
  • Wire, strapping and hoses

Recycling tips

  • Place all items loosely into the bin – do not contain items in plastic bags
  • Leave paper and cardboard loose and unbundled
  • Remove all lids from jars, bottles and plastic containers
  • Empty and rinse recyclables (save water by using leftover dishwater)
  • Some meat containers are made of rigid plastics and can be rinsed and recycled

Remember: if recycling materials are too contaminated it may be too difficult to sort and end up being wasted in landfill. The cost for doing so is ultimately passed onto our residents through rates.

Food and garden organics (lime green lid)

Materials placed in this bin will be sent to Jeffries, a local commercial composting facility where it will be turned into nutrient-rich, high quality compost. If it grows, it goes…use your green bin for more than just your garden material.


  • Meat, bones, seafood (cooked or raw)
  • Eggs and oyster shells
  • Dairy products
  • Food scraps and peels
  • Bread and cake products
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Tissues and paper towel
  • Cornstarch (compostable) bags
  • Lawn clippings
  • Small prunings
  • Small branches that will fit easily into the bin
  • Bark
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Cut flowers
  • Paper or heavily soiled pizza boxes
  • Shredded paper
  • Pet Poo
  • Hair (human or pet )

Don’t contaminate your food and garden organics bin with

  • Plastic packaging containers or plastic bags
  • Textiles (clothing, footwear, leather or rubber etc.)
  • Bricks or building materials
  • General waste
  • Plastic or glass (of any kind)
  • Gardening tools, hoses and empty plant pots and trays
  • Painted or treated timber
  • Dirt, soil or sand
  • Stones, rocks  or rubble
  • String or rope

Kitchen organics baskets and compostable bags are available from Council to help you recycle your food scraps. Find out more information on our Kitchen Organics Basket page.

Waste to landfill (red lid)

Your waste to landfill bin is for general household rubbish that cannot go in the recycling and organics bins.


  • Plastic bags and garbage bags
  • Cling film
  • Soft plastic/food packaging - e.g. chip packets, frozen packaging (can be recycled at participating supermarkets in the REDcycle bin)
  • Nappies and sanitary items
  • Kitty litter (stone, clay, crystallised)
  • Small broken household items - e.g. crockery, glassware (wrapped)
  • Rags and old clothing
  • Polystyrene foam packaging - To prevent polystyrene from becoming lodged and stuck inside your landfill bin, blocking materials from being emptied, please ensure that the polystyrene is placed inside of a plastic bag and broken up into small pieces. Make sure the bag is tied at the top to prevent pieces from falling out and expel any air inside of the bag before sealing it.
  • Ropes, hoses and strapping
  • Smoke alarms


  • Food scraps (place these in your green organics bin)
  • Garden organics (place these in your green organics bin)
  • Recyclable materials (place these in your yellow recycling bin)
  • Liquids - e.g. paints, solvents, chemicals, oils
  • Stones, concrete and building materials
  • Hazardous waste – take to a free drop off facility
  • Electronic waste - take to free drop off facility

Confused about what goes where?

Which Bin has an A-Z directory of common household items that assists you in knowing what item goes in ‘Which Bin’ and how to divert resources from landfill, transforming them into reusable and recyclable materials.

What happens to the resources and waste materials once collected?

East Waste collects the recyclables from households (yellow bin) and delivers them to NAWMA’s Material Recovery Facility. The following image explains how the material is sorted by both people and machines into its different streams.

Currently around 80% of all recovered recycling streams are recycled in South Australia and interstate. NAMWA has made a commitment to have 100% recycled within Australia by 2020. This will mean that none of our recyclable resources will be sent overseas after 2020.

East Waste collects the green organics and delivers them to Jeffries composting facility where they are processed and turned into compost. Compost and mulch help to create healthy soils.

Waste to landfill is transported by East Waste to Integrated Waste Services transfer station in Wingfield. It is then compacted and transported to IWS’s Northern Balefill landfill at Dublin, where it is deposited in to sealed cells with the landfill. Landfilled material is compacted to maximise space and is covered with soil on a regular basis to minimise litter and pest issues. Methane is extracted from the cells and is used to power the self-sufficient extraction system.

Does your bin need repairing?

Click here to fill in the online request form or call East Waste on (08) 8347 5111.

For missed, damaged, stolen or additional bin requests, please call East Waste on (08) 8347 5111 or visit