Better Bins



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 million has been committed to nineteen local governments, covering over 390,000 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 Capel, Collie, Donnybrook-Balingup, Gingin and Murray.

Program extension

The deadline for applications has been extended to 30 June 2019. Funding agreements are required to be signed by 30 September 2019, with projects running over a period of no less than two years.

How to apply

Apply by submitting an application through the online portal.

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.

Supporting Documentation

  • Better Bins Reference Report »

    The Better Bins Reference Report supports the Better Bins Kerbside Collection Guidelines.  The report contains information on better practice approaches and performance reported locally and in other jurisdictions.

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