A-Z disposal guide
The city encourages residents to avoid using or purchasing single-use items, such as plastic bags and plastic-wrapped produce. For more information about how to avoid these items, as well as details on where you can dispose of excess recycling, visit the Western Metropolitan Regional Council website. You will also find details about the free Earth Carers course.
Which items can I place in the yellow-topped recycling bin
- All glass bottles and jars – rinsed, metal lids removed and placed in the recycling bin, plastic lids removed and placed in the waste bin. Broken glass and window glass accepted. No ceramics
- Milk and juice cartons – rinsed, metal lids removed and placed in the recycling bin, plastic lids removed and placed in the waste bin. No silver-lined UHT cartons
- Newspapers, paper and magazines – glossy material, envelopes, greeting cards, office paper, paper bags, phone books, wrapping paper, pamphlets and junk mail
- Steel and aluminum cans, pots, pans and aerosols – please ensure aerosols are completely empty
- Cardboard items – pizza boxes (empty), egg cartons, cereal boxes, toilet and paper towel rolls, takeaway coffee cups (plastic lids removed and placed in the waste bin). Please flatten all boxes before placing in the bin – large boxes or quantities of household cardboard can be taken to JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility
- Plastic (rigid) – coat hangers, toys, buckets, plant pots – please remove metal components.
- Plastic bottles and containers – ice-cream containers, juice and milk bottles (no need to crush these), metal lids removed and placed in the recycling bin, plastic lids removed and placed in the waste bin)
- Polystyrene – large pieces only, no meat trays, cups or beads from bean bags.
Which items should not be placed in the recycling bin?
- Food waste and nappies
- Meat trays, polystyrene cups and beads
- Green waste
- Batteries,globes or chemicals
The following items can be placed in the waste bin:
While these items can be collected with your general waste, we have added suggestions for alternative disposal methods to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
- CDs and DVDs – donate to schools/pre-schools or Balcatta Recycling Centre
- Ceramics, terra cotta tiles/pots – place at the bottom of plant pots for drainage or use for mosaics.
- Cork – donate to schools/pre-schools, or use for compost or worm farms.
- Polystyrene meat trays, cups and beads – avoid purchasing, where possible. Beads are to be secured in bags before they are placed in the waste bin.
- Food and vegetable scraps – use for compost, worm farms or chooks. Wrap in paper, instead of plastic, for disposal. Freeze to avoid smells
- Garden hose – cut into one-metre lengths, before placing in bin. Thread rope or cable through sections and use for securing trees
- Kitty litter – wrap to avoid smells and spillage
- Manure/animal droppings – bury in the garden under fruit trees or use for worm farms
- Mirrors – wrap in paper for safe disposal
- Nappies – secure in a nappy bag before disposal
- Soft plastics and cling wrap – avoid purchasing, where possible, or take to participating stores for disposal. Click here for further details on recycling these items
- Take-away coffee cup lids and pods – avoid purchasing, where possible. Take a KeepCup to purchase take-away coffees
- Vacuum cleaner dust and bags – use for compost or worm farms
- Vinyl – use to line cupboards.
The following items should not be placed in the waste or recycling bins:
Placing these items in your waste or recycling bin can cause contamination and could be a hazard. Some items may also cause damage to the internal mechanical workings of waste trucks. When restricted items are placed in bins, residents will be advised of the contamination by a sticker on the bin lid. Placing these items in your bin may disrupt your collection service.
Bricks, building rubble, sand and concrete
Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes – due to the mercury content in these items, they should not go into landfill. Please dispose of them at the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility or recycling stations at Subiaco Library, Bunnings Homebase Subiaco or Lords Recreation Centre
X-rays – these contain metals that can be reused, visit www.planetark.org for the nearest drop-off facility
E-waste, batteries and mobile phones – due to the heavy metal content in these products, they should not go into landfill. Please dispose of them at the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility. Household batteries can be disposed of at your nearest battery bin/recycling station (Subiaco Library, Bunnings Homebase Subiaco or Lords Recreation Centre)
For information about the disposal of hazardous waste, visit the asbestos and hazardous waste page.