Better Bins

Applications for the Better Bins program closed on 30 June 2019. 

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 Action Plan commits to developing a revised program with a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) focus (Action 2.2). The Waste Authority has published a position statement on FOGO.



The $20 million Better Bins Kerbside Collection Program is a State Government program that provides funding to local governments to implement better practice kerbside collection services to support higher recovery and the achievement of the State Government’s 2025 municipal solid waste targets.


Local governments

Better Bins encourages the use of a three bin system (general waste, co-mingled recycling and food organics and/or garden organics) to support greater source separation and higher recovery. The program also encourages local governments to provide effective education and engagement so that residents know how to get the most out of the new system, and requires local governments to transition to Australian Standards bin colours.

The Better Bins program pays local governments up to $30 for each household that receives a better practice kerbside collection service.

More than $10.5 million has been committed to twenty one local governments, covering over 420,000 households. Participating local governments include: 

Perth metropolitan area: Cities of Bayswater, Cockburn, Fremantle, Joondalup, Melville, Rockingham, Stirling and Subiaco; Towns of Bassendean, Cambridge, Cottesloe, East Fremantle and Mosman Park.

Outside Perth metropolitan area: City of Bunbury and Shires of Augusta Margaret River, Capel, Collie, Donnybrook-Balingup, Gingin, Harvey and Murray.


To find out more, see the Better Bins Kerbside Collection Program Guidelines, contact the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Division on 6364 6965 or via email:

The guidelines contain information for local governments including:

  • objectives and timelines
  • kerbside systems eligible for Better Bins funding
  • funding method and investment priorities
  • complementary measures and communications
  • reporting
  • funding conditions
  • application details.