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Using your bins

Information Title Size and Format
Bin collection dates NEAR ME web page
Guidelines for using bins 2016 Bin Collection Flyer PDF 1.1MB
Waste Collection Strategy 2015 Waste Collection Strategy PDF 1.3MB

New or Broken Bins

To obtain a new bin or to have your bin repaired, please contact the City on 9528 0333. Please allow 7 days for your new bin to be available.

Bin delivery days:
Wednesdays - Baldivis, Karnup (including Vista Estate), Secret Harbour, Golden Bay and Singleton.
Fridays - Rockingham, Hillman, Cooloongup, Shoalwater, Safety Bay, Waikiki, Warnbro and Port Kennedy.

Bins belong to the City of Rockingham and should not be removed from the property.

Change your bin service 

Owners of a property (ratepayers) can change their waste service by requesting an additional bin or cancelling an additional service, by filling out one of the below forms:

Title Type Size and format
Residential Property - Form to Change Waste Service Document PDF 108 kb
Commercial Property - Form to Change Waste Service Document PDF 111 kb

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New collection service

Currently the standard residential bin service is a 240-litre dark green-lidded waste bin and a 240-litre yellow-lidded recycling bin.  Through the Waste Authority’s Better Bin program, the City aims to increase its recycling to exceed state recovery targets of 65% of 2020 by upgrading the bin service to include a: 

  • 360-litre recycling bin (yellow lid), collected fortnightly
  • 240-litre green waste bin (lime green lid), collected on the alternative fortnight to recycling
  • 140-litre waste bin (red lid), collected weekly

The new collection system will divert additional recyclables and green waste from landfill. The partial roll out has already begun with new and replacement services receiving the 140-litre red-lidded waste bin and the 360-litre yellow-lidded recycling bin.
 
The upgrade will begin in May, with the new green waste bin (lime green lid) starting in July 2017.



 
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What do residents need to do during the upgrade?

The changeover will begin from 1 May until then end of June. With 50,000 residential properties within the City, the upgrade will take some time and require the assistance of residents for a smooth transition.

From 1 May residents should:

  1. Every recycling day, place both the old recycling and rubbish bin on the kerb for collection.
  2. The trucks will empty the bins.
  3. Leave the bins on the kerb until 6pm that evening for the contractors to access the bins.
  4. If the contractors cant visit the first time, they will be around one more time the next fortnight. Please keep on placing both bins out on recycling day until your upgrade is complete.

Once the bins have been upgraded

Once the bins have been upgraded, continue using the waste bin (red lid) and recycling bin (yellow lid) as normal. Bin days have not changed.

The third green waste bin collection starts in July 2017. Residents will receive an instructional flyer.

See the Frequently Asked Questions below or email the City with any questions.

Bin Tagging Program

Aimed at improving waste and recycling disposal habits, the City's pilot Bin Tagging program targeted 450 houses over three areas of Rockingham, Baldivis and Port Kennedy at the start of 2016. An additional 300 houses were tagged in Harrington Waters and Warnbro at the end of 2016. A visual inspection of the waste and recycling bin resulted in either a sad or a smiley face tag being placed on the bin.
 
The program originated in South Australia and saw a 60% reduction of contamination in the recycling bin. Supported by the Waste Authority, the program is now run across the metropolitan area.

During the pilot, a third and final inspection found that 22 properties were still grossly contaminating their recycling bins. Round two revealed 17 properties, however this number dropped to four after a warning letter was issued. These properties will be managed over the coming weeks to improve their recycling.

The biggest issues of contamination were:

  1. Soft plastics like; chip packets, plastic bags and cereal box liners
  2. Bagging recyclables with plastic bags
  3. Textiles (rags, clothing, towels etc) and lawn clippings were also a common problem but posed more of an issue for the Material Recovery Facility than the soft plastics.

Number of recycling bins with no contamination:

Area Tag Week 1 Tag Week 2 Percentage
Rockingham 45 69 54% increase
Baldivis 42 64 52% increase
Port Kennedy 32 43 34% increase
Harrington Waters (Waikiki) 49 59 20% increase
Warnbro 52 68 31% increase

The number of households in the second week with no contamination increased dramatically, showing that residents were either motivated by the prizes on offer or were educated by the tags. An overall increase of 38% of households in the tagging areas improved their recycling habits during the program.

The next Bin Tagging inspections will commence in 2017.

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