Bin Tagging



The Bin Tagging auditing program successfully undertaken by the Shire of East Pilbara in Newman during April, May and June 2021 will continue on an ad hoc basis.  

This educational program has been successful in improving recycling practices and reducing contamination in recycling bins in Newman, which will reduce waste sent to landfill, for the benefit of the community and environment.

Contamination rates in recycling collected from the 26th of May 2021 have been low enough to be recycled, and has since been sent to Cleanaway’s Material Recovery Facility for recycling on a fortnightly basis.

To maintain low rates of contamination going forward, if your recycling bin has unacceptable levels of contamination, we won’t be able to collect it as it will contaminate the recycling truck.

If we can’t collect your bin, it will be taped shut and you will receive an ‘Unable to Collect’ tag that lists the contaminants that need to be removed before you call the Shire Office to have the contents collected.

If recycling habits continue to improve in Newman, the Shire of East Pilbara can continue transporting recycling for processing. Over the course of a year this is estimated to remove 3000m3 of material from landfill, or the equivalent of 2.5 times the volume of the Newman pool.

What Should I do?
Recycling is easy – remember, recycle just these five:
Rinse, remove lids and chuck them all loosely into the recycling bin. More information on recycling here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can contaminate my recycling bin?
There are certain things that should and shouldn’t be placed in your recycling bin. The things that shouldn’t are considered contaminants.
When the wrong thing is placed in your recycling bin, the remaining recyclable items become contaminated and end up in landfill. In fact, one contaminated bin can contaminate an entire truckload of recyclable material.

The most common bin contaminants include:
  • Recyclables in bags - Recyclable items must be placed loosely in the recycling bin, and not in a bin bag. Recycling facilities do not open or empty bags for safety reasons, which means that any bagged recyclable material ends up in landfill
  • Dirty containers - Please rinse your containers first before placing them into your recycling bin. Recyclable materials can sit around waiting to be recycled for months on end, so we need to ensure that recyclables are as clean as possible, without any food waste. Otherwise, they can contaminate a whole bundle of recycled waste
  • Lids - Keeping lids on containers, bottles or jars can affect the recycling process and cause contamination, so we ask you to please remove any lids from recyclable items before placing them in the bin
  • Nappies, food and green waste - These items don’t belong in the recycling bin as they will contaminate the other clean recyclable materials.
  • Flexible/scrunchable plastics - This includes plastic bags. These get mixed up with paper and cardboard recyclables at the recycling facility and mean that our recycling is not as clean as it could be. Instead, return these items to the REDcycle bin at Woolworths.
Why are Shire staff looking in my bins?
The Shire of East Pilbara are continuing bin tagging to provide residents with direct feedback on how to improve recycling habits. The collection of household bins is a Council run service, and this program aims to increase recycling and reduce contamination in the recycling bin.
Who will be looking inside my bin?
The Shire of East Pilbara’s Waste Services team will be conducting the checks over the specified weeks. No private information will be shared and the checks are to identify whether correct items are being placed in the correct bins.
How long is the Bin Tagging program going on for?
Following the success of the Bin Tagging auditing program successfully undertaken by the Shire of East Pilbara in Newman during April, May and June 2021 will continue on an ad hoc basis. 
Why was my bin tagged?
‚ÄčThe Shire of East Pilbara is working with the WA Local Government Association on this educational program, to help reduce recyclable materials sent to landfill. All homes in Newman are participating in the program in an effort to provide ongoing, long-term benefits for our community and the environment.
What does this tag mean?
The bin tags are a simple, easy way for our team to let you know how you did during the specific visit.

If you get a ‘Thank You’ bin tag, you’re recycling well – so keep doing what you’re doing.

If you get the ‘One Small Favour’ tag, please take note of the minor changes highlighted on the tag. This program is about education, so don’t be discouraged if you get this tag, but we ask you to learn from it and make the necessary change.

If you get the ‘Not Able to Collect’ tag, it means there have been repeated high levels of contamination in the recycle bin. Your bin will be taped shut and the waste truck driver won’t collect it. The tag will include a list of contaminants in the bin and a request for them to be removed before you contact the Shire on 9175 8000 to have your bin collected, which we will happily do, once it is free from the contamination.

If you get a ‘Thank You’ bin tag, we didn't see any recyclables in your general waste bin – so keep doing what you’re doing and note any tips we highlight on the tag. 

If you get the ‘One Small Favour’ tag, we noticed recyclable items that are better placed in the recycling bin. Please take note of the minor changes highlighted on the tag. This program is about education, so don’t be discouraged if you get this tag.
What if someone else has loaded their rubbish in my bin?
‚ÄčIf you are concerned this has occurred and would like to raise it with the Shire, please call the Waste Services team on 9175 8000.
Am I going to get fined for what is in my bin?
Residents will not be fined for what’s in their bin or if the bin cannot be collected due to contamination levels in the bins. The program is about providing educational feedback to our community and we look forward to working together to improve how well we all recycle in Newman.
Why did the Shire choose this program?
The Bin Tagging Program is State Government approved and is administered through the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA). Recent recycling audits have shown that contamination rates are still too high for recycling to be taken to a materials recovery facility for recycling. According to WALGA, the bin tagging program in South Australia reduced contamination in bins by 60% and increased the amount of recycling by 25%. The Shire of East Pilbara’s participation does not cost ratepayers, as the program is funded by the State Government. The aim of this on-the-ground program is to improve recycling practices and reduce recyclable materials sent to landfill.