Our bin tagging program will begin in February 2024. We’ll be visiting various suburbs within the City of Kalamunda.
The City of Kalamunda is working with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) to provide bin tagging education to randomly selected households. Funding and support has been provided by the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) to assist the City with the bin tagging trial.
WALGA has been running the bin tagging program since 2015. It involves a quick look inside kerbside waste and recycling bins and then attaching a tag to bin handles to provide on-the-spot feedback for the householder. Educators do not rummage through the bins and they only look at what is immediately visible.
Many Perth Local Government areas have undertaken bin tagging programs. The program is proven to substantially improve household recycling and waste management performance. Experience shows that the improvements stick which highlights the effectiveness of giving individual feedback to households.
There is much confusion about what goes in which bin, bin tagging clarifies any misconceptions or confusion residents may have about the bin system, while also offering positive reinforcement to households who are sorting their waste correctly.
Experience shows that contamination decreases on repeat visits and only a handful of properties have bins that are severely contaminated. Reducing contamination in bins reduces waste service costs.
Funding and support has been provided by the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) to assist the City with the bin tagging trial.
Bins in selected areas within Kalamunda, Forrestfield, Wattle Grove, High Wycombe, Lesmurdie, Maida Vale, Walliston and Gooseberry Hill will be tagged - beginning in February 2024.
Residents will be notified if their street has been selected as part of the bin tagging program.
Community Waste Educators are staff members and will be wearing a City of Kalamunda high-visibility vest and a name badge.
When the wrong items are in the bins, educators leave a sad face tag with written comments on what should be changed. Only when there is repeated severe contamination in a bin are bins taped shut and residents are asked to remove the contamination before the bin can be emptied.
The bin tags have been tested and standardised to promote consistent waste education messages across Councils.
There are different tags for each bin type, and they detail what is and isn’t accepted in the bin, with room for written feedback. The image below is an example of what a bin tag may look like.
No. The educators will not have access to the names of residents and data will only be reported at a Council level.
No, this program is purely for educational purposes.
We would like to encourage you to use your recycling bin. The Bin Tagging program exists to help inform and educate residents. If you haven’t been using your bin, this may be a great time to start using it more.
Recyclables that are put in plastic bags in the recycling bin don’t get recycled – the recycling sorting facilities don’t open or empty the bags – instead they get sent to landfill.
Sorting your waste
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Whadjuk Noongar People as the Custodians of this land. We also pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past, present and future who have and continue to reside in the area and have been an integral part of the history of this region.