A-Z Waste Guide

Household Waste Table A-B

HOUSEHOLD ITEM A-B

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Acids (household)

These cannot be placed in your household bin.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Aerosol cans (empty)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Aluminium cans

Yellow-top recycling bin

Aluminium foil

Yellow-top recycling bin

Ammonia (HHW)*

This cannot be placed in your household bin.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Asbestos

This cannot be placed in your household bin.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

For important information on safety and asbestos click here.

Baskets (cane & plastic)

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Green-top rubbish bin

Batteries (vehicle)

These cannot be placed in your household bin.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility (recyclable).

Kalamunda Residents: Take to Lawnbrook Road Transfer Station for recycling.
Mundaring Residents: Take to Coppin Rd or Mathieson Rd Transfer Stations for recycling.

Battery retailers (Most will take them back)

Batteries (household dry-cell and rechargable)

These cannot be placed in your household bin.

Drop off at a battery recycle bin locations. A list of bin locations in Perth's Eastern Region can be found here.  

Drop off at your local Battery World.

Blankets

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

If stained/damaged place is Green-top rubbish bin.

Bleaches

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility. Do not put in your household rubbish bins.

Books

Donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Bottles (place lids in green-top rubbish bin )

Yellow-top recycling bin

Bricks

Some building waste, such as bricks can be recycled. To find out your closest recycler, see the Recycling Directory for Construction and Demolition Secondary Sources.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Brake fluid

These cannot be placed in your household bin.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Broken glass

Put in yellow-top recycling bin (only if bottles or jars)

Green-top rubbish bin

Building materials/waste

Some building waste, such as bricks, clean fill and steel, can be recycled. To find out your closest recycler, see the Recycling Directory for Construction and Demolition Secondary Sources.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Bulky household items

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Verge collection or bulk bins (if in poor condition).

Household Waste Table C-D

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS C-D

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Cardboard (boxes/other)

Yellow-top recycling bin
Kalamunda residents can take cardboard (flattened, no plastic) to be recycled at Lawnbrook Rd Transfer Station
Mundaring residents can take cardboard to be recycled at Coppin Rd Transfer Station.
Cardboard can be recycled at Red Hill Waste Management Facility (free if flat, with no packaging)

Car bodies

Contact a scrap metal dealer for removal

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Car parts

Contact a scrap metal dealer for removal

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Cassette tapes/CDs/CD-Roms

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Green-top rubbish bin

Cellophane

Green-top rubbish bin

Ceramic (broken plates & pots)

Green-top rubbish bin

Cereal boxes

Yellow-top recycling bin

Cleaning products

Red Hill Waste Management Facility (if hazardous)

Empty bottles can be placed in recycling bin

Clothing/shoes

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

If clothing is made out of natural fibres such as cotton, it may be able to be composted.

Place in green-top rubbish bin.

Cockroach bait (plastic)

Green-top rubbish bin

Computer components/accessories

These should not be placed in your household bin.

Red Hill Waste Management Facility (transfer station recycling site)

A list of recyclers is found below the A-Z waste tables. 

Concrete

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Cork

Contact a local school to see if they could use them.  

Green-top rubbish bin

Cosmetic jars (not plastic or glass)

Green-top rubbish bin

Cups & saucers

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Green-top rubbish bin

Cutlery (plastic, metal & other)

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Green-top rubbish bin

Dirt & soil

For clean fill, see Recovery sites.

Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

Drink cans

Yellow-top recycling bin

Household Waste Table E-F

HOUSEHOLD ITEM E-F

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Electrical appliances/equipment

These should not be placed in your household bin.

Recycle through an electronic waste recovery site (see below)

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Envelopes (including plastic window)

Yellow-top recycling bin

EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon)

This should not be placed in your household bin.

Visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/epirbs.asp for up to date information on correct disposal.

Fertiliser

This should not be placed in your household bin.

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Foam boxes

Reuse as plant pots or create a worm farm

Claw Environmental may take for recycling.

Green-top rubbish bin

Foam meat trays

Green-top rubbish bin

Foil

Yellow-top recycling bin

Green-top rubbish bin (if dirty)

Food cans (emptied)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Food & vegetable scraps

Compost bin, worm farm or bokashi bin. See home composting for ideas

Place in green-top rubbish bin

Furniture (in good condition)

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Furniture (broken)

Verge collection or bulk bins

Household Waste Table G-H

HOUSEHOLD ITEM G-H

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Garden chemicals/poisons

These cannot be placed in your household bin

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Garden hose

Green-top rubbish bin

Gas cylinders

These cannot be placed in your household bin

Many petrol stations and gas retailers will exchange or take these back

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Glad wrap

Green-top rubbish bin

Glass jars & bottles (only)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Glasses (reading and sight)

Many optometrists will collect used spectacles and reuse them.
Laubman & Pank stores, OPSM stores & Lion Clubs donate used spectacles to charity organisations.

Glossy magazines/brochures

Yellow-top recycling bin

Grease proof paper

Green-top rubbish bin

Green waste

Place in a compost bin, otherwise in your brown-top greenwaste bin (Bayswater), green waste bulk bin (Belmont) or verge collections.

Green-top rubbish bin.

Greeting cards

Yellow-top recycling bin.

Planet Ark re-use Christmas cards (see Recovery sites below)

Household Waste Table I-J

HOUSEHOLD ITEM I-J

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Ice-cream containers (cardboard & plastic)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Insecticides

These cannot be placed in your household bin.

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Jars

Yellow-top recycling bin

Juice cartons

Yellow-top recycling bin

Juice cartons (silver lined)/UHT

Green-top rubbish bin

Junk mail

Yellow-top recycling bin

Household Waste Table K-L

HOUSEHOLD ITEM K-L

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Kerosene (HHW)

This cannot be placed in your household bin

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Kitty litter

Green-top rubbish bin

Lights: fluorescent tubes and CFLs

Recycled at locations throughout the community. See list of fluorescent light recycling locations

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility (if broken)

Liquid paper board

Yellow-top recycling bin

Long life cartons

Yellow-top recycling bin

Lunch boxes

Green-top rubbish bin

Household Waste Table M-N

HOUSEHOLD ITEM M-N

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Magazines

Yellow-top recycling bin

 

Margarine tubs

Yellow-top recycling bin

Mattresses

Take to Hazelmere Recycling Centre or Red Hill Waste Management Facility for disposal.
If clean & unstained donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Meat trays

Green-top rubbish bin

Medicines

These should not be placed in your household bins.

Take to your local pharmacy. They will take back old medicines even those out of date. Check with your local pharmacist. See www.returnmed.com.au

Milk bottles/cartons

Yellow-top recycling bin

Milk cartons (silver lined)/UHT

Green-top rubbish bin

Mineral turpentine

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Mobile phones

Mobile phones can be recycled. Most phone retailers will take back old phones.

See the Mobile Muster website for drop-off recycling locations. 

See the Aussie Recycling Program website for drop-off locations and free postal bags with donations made to different charitable groups such as Perth Zoo.

Motor oil

This cannot be placed in your household bins.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Nappies

Green-top rubbish bin

Newspaper

Yellow-top recycling bin

Needles/Sharps+ (must be in a rigid and sealed container)

Can be taken to some pharmacies.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Household Waste Table P-Q

HOUSEHOLD ITEM P-Q

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Paint tins (empty of paint and dry)

Green-top rubbish bin

Paint (oil and water based)

If paint is in good condition, check if local schools or kindergartens require it.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

Paper (office)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Paper towel rolls (inner)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Paper bags

Yellow-top recycling bin

Pens/biros/pencils (unusable)

Green-top rubbish bin

Pesticides

This cannot be placed in your household bins.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Pet food tins (emptied and scraped/rinsed clean)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Petrol & flammable liquids

This cannot be placed in your household bins.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Phone books

Yellow-top recycling bin

Picture frames

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

If damaged can be placed out for verge collections or bulk bins or put in your green-top rubbish bin

Pizza boxes (empty)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Plastic containers/bottles (place lids in general waste bin)

Yellow-top recycling bin for bottles

General waste bin for lids

Plastic plant pots (clean)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Plastic cutlery

Green-top rubbish bin

Plastic bags (empty)

Take to your local Coles Supermarket for recycling.

Green-top rubbish bin

Plate glass

Green-top rubbish bin

Poisons (liquid/solid, scheduled S2-S7)

This cannot be placed in your household bins.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Polystyrene

Take to CLAW Environmental for recycling

Green-top rubbish bin

Pool chemicals

This cannot be placed in your household bins.

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Pottery (broken)

Green-top rubbish bin

Printer cartridges

Recycle at your local Officeworks or Australia Post store. A full list of locations can be found on the Planet Ark website

Pyrex (ovenware)

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Green-top rubbish bin.

Household Waste Table R-S

HOUSEHOLD ITEM R-S

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Radiator coolant

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Rat poison

This cannot be placed in your household bin

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Reticulation piping

Take to CLAW Environmental for recycling

Remote controls (without batteries)

Green-top rubbish bin

Rope

If it cannot be reused, place in green-top rubbish bin

Sauce bottles (emptied)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Seedling containers

Take to a recovery site

Smoke detectors

Take to Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Soft drink bottles & cans

Yellow-top recycling bin

Soft plastics (plastic bags, bread bags, packaging)

Take to your local Coles Supermarket for recycling.

Green-top rubbish bin

Soil

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Spirit bottles

Yellow-top recycling bin

Steel cans (rinsed)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Terracotta tiles/pots

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Green-top rubbish bin

Timber untreated pine/lightly coloured (first call EHB hotline on 1800 084 881)

Hazelmere Recycling Centre

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Timber dark hardwoods

Hazelmere Recycling Centre

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Timber treated pine & other

Contact Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Toilet paper rolls (inner)

Yellow-top recycling bin

Toys (damaged)

Verge collection or green-top rubbish bin

Toys (undamaged)

If reusable and in a good condition, donate to a charity or recovery site (see list of some below).

Tree prunings

Go in a compost bin, brown-top green waste bin (Bayswater), greenwaste bulk bin (Belmont),

Green-top rubbish bin.

Tyres

Contact your local tyre retailer to see potential recycling options

Red Hill Waste Management Facility

Household Waste Table U-Z

HOUSEHOLD ITEM U-Z

4R OR DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Vacuum cleaner dust & bag

Green-top rubbish bin

Vinyl - e.g. kitchen tiles

Green-top rubbish bin

Waxed cardboard

Yellow-top recycling bin

Waxed paper

Green-top rubbish bin

Weeds (without soil)

Go in a compost bin, brown-top green waste bin (Bayswater), greenwaste bulk bin (Belmont),

Green-top rubbish bin.

Window panes

Green-top rubbish bin

Wine bottles

Yellow-top recycling bin

Wrapping paper

Yellow-top recycling bin

X-rays

Recycle through specialised recyclers.

Quantum Technical Services (08 9302 3466)

Ecocycle Australia (133 244)

Yoghurt containers

Yellow-top recycling bin

Note: Items taken to Red Hill Waste Management Facility for disposal may incur a fee.

Recovery and Recycling Sites

Charity organisations

GIV.org.au is a new and cooperative initiative of some of WA's largest charities working together to reduce waste and make every donation count.  On GIV.org.au people can also select their type of donation and find a convenient location where they can donate - or find a contact number to organise a FREE home collection of larger household items.

Charity organisations will often take the following items provided they are in good condition and are not stained or broken: Blankets, books, bric-a-brac, clothes, kitchenware and ovenware, picture frames and clean mattresses, shoes and toys. Some charities will not accept electrical items.
Contact the organisation first or see their website to find out if your items will be accepted.

Additional charity websites:

www.vinnies.org.au

www.rspcawa.asn.au    (for collection of large items call 9319 1985)

salvos.org.au

For more charity sites, visit www.donations.com.au or visit www.yellowpages.com.au 
 

Freecycle Online

www.freecycle.org

Freecycle is a website which aims to divert waste from landfill. You can advertise unwanted household goods upon joining the e-mail list. Membership, advertising and goods are free. For more information visit their website and find out your nearest freecycle group.
 

Electronic Waste (fees may apply depending on the equipment)

Electronic waste (e-waste) is any discarded item which requires to be plugged into the mains power or uses a battery. Items contain toxic and environmentally damaging substances which can leach out if they are sent to landfill.

Through the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, televisions and computers can be recycled at some places for free of charge. For more information about the national scheme, click here.

The following places may take your electronic items for recycling (click on company names for websites):

Dell Computer Recycling: 1800 465 890

Dodd and Dodd Group: 9352 8014, 521 Dundas Rd Forrestfield

Secure Computer Recycling & Disposal: 9467 4624 or email perth@computer-recycling.com.au

Sims E-Recycling: 9236 3001, Unit C3-174 Barrington St, Spearwood

TADWA (Technical Assistance to the Disabled WA): 9379 7400, 371 Collier Rd, Bassendean (computers only).

Total Green Recycling: 9258 6009, 40 Felspar Street Welshpool

Red Hill Waste Management Facility (Tv's and computers only): 9574 6235, 1094 Toodyay Rd, Red Hill

Plant pot recycling

The following locations in Perth's Eastern Region will accept plant pots for recycling:

  • Chidlow: Mundaring Shire Council Transfer Station, Mathieson Rd
  • Forrestfield: Dawsons Garden World, 160 Hale Rd
  • Hazelmere: Men of the Trees, Stirling Cres
  • High Wycombe: The Jolly Potter Nursery, 460 Kalamunda Rd
  • Middle Swan: Waldecks Garden Centre, 506 Great Northern Hwy
  • Mundaring: Mundaring Shire Council Transfer Station, Coppin Rd
  • Sawyer's Valley: Everbloom Nursery, 665 Railway Tce
  • Walliston: City of Kalamunda, Walliston Transfer Station, 155 Lawnbrook Rd
  • Wattle Grove: Trees A Green Garden Centre, 318 Hale Rd

Planet Ark

Planet Ark hosts a community recycling website. www.recyclingnearyou.com.au  details recycling facilities available in your community.

  • Look out for Planet Ark's printer cartridge recycling service. For locations and details of how to participate, go to their website above. Note that businesses can join this initiative. Printer cartridges can also be recycled at many post offices, Office Works stores, libraries and other retail outlets.
  • You should also check Planet Ark's 12 Do's of Christmas initiatives.