Rubbish bins

Bin Tagging Program

Encouraging householders to source separate materials into the correct bin at the kerbside is a significant challenge for waste management practitioners. Using a combination of tools and strategies, the Bin Tagging Program has been designed to improve kerbside source separation.

Bin tagging is a method of providing direct feedback on the content of waste, recycling and greenwaste/organics bins to residents by placing a tag on each bin to indicate if the contents are appropriate. The tags provide specific feedback on the content of the bin as well as some general guidance on what can and can’t be placed in the kerbside bin.

Bin auditors conduct a simple visual assessment of the contents of each bin at the kerbside (prior to collection). Data for each household is collected, based on this assessment. Then a tag is placed on the bin, providing individualised feedback about the content of the bin.

The Program can provide both incentives and enforcement options to encourage appropriate disposal practice. Enforcement occurs at the end of the tagging period and is only used when bins are severely contaminated.

Bin Tagging Guidelines

WALGA has prepared Guidelines which provide Local Government a step by step process to implement the Bin Tagging Program in their area. These Guidelines provide an overview of the Program and its achievements and go through step by step the planning, preparation, implementation and evaluation phases of the Program.

There is a set structure to the Program which links to how effective its implementation will be. These Guidelines identifies where certain elements of the Program are essential as opposed to when there are options for implementation.

The Bin Tagging Program: Guidelines for Local Government are available here.

Bin Tags

The bin tags have been designed for a variety of bin configurations. Generic tags are available for the following bin systems:

Bin Tagging Program Development

2016 rollout

The Bin Tagging Program was rolled out early 2016 with assistance from WALGA and funding from the Waste Authority. The Local Governments that were successful in securing assistance were the Towns of Bassendean and Mosman Park, Cities of Cockburn and Joondalup and the Shire of Capel. This project was funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.

The Bin Tagging Program: Kerbside Behaviour Change Report is available here.

2015 Pilot Program

In 2014, WALGA was allocated funding by the Waste Authority to implement a community engagement and enforcement program that increased the recycling rate from kerbside collections and reduced contamination. This followed on from the ‘That’s Rubbish’ Campaign implemented in 2013/14. 

To do determine the efficacy of the program a Pilot Program was undertaken in the Cities of Joondalup, Kwinana and the Town of Cambridge in February - April 2015.

The Pilot was very successful, showing increased rates of correct recycling and a decrease in the recycling in the waste bin. A funding proposal, for a larger roll out of the Program, was put to the Waste Authority. The Bin Tagging Pilot Program: Summary of Outcomes is available here.