Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I dont have a pass how much is it to dispose of half-full paint tins and oils of various types not more than twenty litres?

A: At Red Hill it is free for residents of our five member Councils to dispose of residential household hazardous waste under 20 litres or 20 kg.


Q: Can hard plastic like tv cabinet or electrical appliance casing be put in recycle bin?

A: All plastics are potentially recyclable, however, due to complex collection, sorting and cleaning processes, only certain plastic bottles and containers are currently accepted for recycling at your local Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). As a general rule if it has a number from 1 through 7 on it somewhere (have a look on the bottom) and or was once a container, you can place it in your recycling bin.  For more detailed fact sheets on recycling in your area please have a look on the Transpacific Cleanaway website at


Q: I am a primary school teacher of a year 5/6 class. My students are studying waste and rubbish. We want to know what happens to our rubbish once it is collected from the side of the road?

A: Waste from green-lidded bins of the EMRC's five member Councils (Cities of Bayswater, Kalamunda and Swan, the Town of Bassendean, and Shires of Mundaring) to the Red Hill Waste Management Facility. Recycling (contents of the yellow-lidded bin) goes separately to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF). One of the best ways to cover all the essentials on waste and recycling in your curriculum is visit Red Hill Waste Management Facility on a free, half-day excursion. For more information click on the following link: or contact our Waste Education Officer directly on (08) 9424 2271.


Q: What waste can be put into garden compost? 

A: Nitrogen-rich scraps such as fruit and vegetable peelings and green garden vegetation such as fresh grass clippings, green leaves, weeds, and manure. Carbon-rich brown garden vegetation such as dry leaves, woody twigs, paper and straw. Soil, kitchen scraps, fruit and vegetable peelings, newpapers, grass clippings, weeds, tea leaves, coffee grounds, egg shells, old potting mix, dead flowers, human and animal hair.
There's heaps more information online to help you build a first time compost heap and trouble shoot your existing one but I like this nice and simple guide found here:

Q: What helps break down plant matter in compost?

A: Micro-organisms, bacteria, the heat from their activity, moisture and oxygen

Q: Why do/should we recycle our rubbish?

A: Reduction of waste to landfill means operations of our landfill sites will last longer, greater environmental sustainability in the Perth region through recovering as many of our resources into new and useful materials. Recycling saves us from needing to buy new things, for example composting means you will have your own great soil to use in your garden for growing vegies, herbs, natives or other things and will not need to go out and buy a bag of commercial potting mix. 

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