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 General Waste, Recycling, Food Organics and Garden Organics, and Garden 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 contents of each bin as well as some general guidance on what can and can’t be placed in kerbside bins.

Bin taggers conduct a simple visual assessment of the contents of each bin at kerbside prior to collection. Data for each household is collected based on this assessment. A bin tag is then placed on the bin, providing tailored feedback about the contents of the bin.

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

Program 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.

Bin Tagging Program Guidelines for Local Government

Bin Tags

The bin tags artwork is available for a variety of bin configurations including 3-bin FOGO, 3-bin GO and 2-bin Recycling and General Waste. Please email the WALGA Waste Management Team for more information on how to tailor the bin tags for your Local Government.

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

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