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Waste and recycling guide

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To reduce waste and minimise costs for our ratepayers, the City is providing its Waste and Recycling Guide on our website, rather than delivering a printed guide to our residents. You can request a printed copy of the guide by calling the City on 9397 3000 or in person at the Civic Centre or our libraries and the Addie Mills Centre.

Here is our updated Waste and Recycling Calendar for 2019/20, and a copy will be printed on the back of the Summer edition of the City's Programs and Events booklet, to be distributed later in the year. You can keep a copy on your fridge for easy reference.

Please don’t overfill your bin, as this prevents the lid from closing, results in wind-blown litter and spillages during collection, and prevents your bin from being emptied properly.

What not to place in your general waste or recycling bins

Please do not place any of the following items in your bins as they have the potential to cause damage/fires in the collection truck:

  • Hot ashes
  • Bricks, tiles, building materials, sand, soil, concrete, rocks, asbestos
  • Household hazardous waste including flammable liquids, petrol, paints, acids, chemicals, poisons, household batteries (dry-cell), motor oil, gas cylinders
  • Car parts and tyres

What to place in your yellow-top recycling bin

Contamination can make your recycling efforts go to waste. All items should be clean, dry and empty. Plastic lids should be removed from bottles and placed in the general waste bin.

The following recyclable materials should be placed loose in your yellow-top recycling bin and not in plastic bags:

Aluminium

  • All aluminium cans including:
  • Beer cans
  • Soft drink cans
  • Coffee/Milo tins 

Steel

  • All steel cans/tins including:
    • Food tins (rinsed)
    • Pet food tins (rinsed)
  • Beer bottle tops
  • Jar lids

Cardboard

  • Cardboard boxes (flattend)
  • Beer cartons (flattened)
  • Cereal boxes (remove bag)
  • Egg cartons
  • Greeting cards
  • Toilet Paper/Paper towel rolls (roll only)
  • Washing Power boxes (empty)

Paper

  • Newspapers
  • Paper (not shredded)
  • Paper bags
  • Computer paper (not shredded)
  • Envelopes
  • Fruit juice cartons (not silver lined)
  • Milk cartons (not silver lined)
  • Glossy magazines/brochures
  • Junk mail
  • Wrapping paper

 

 Plastic
  • Milk bottles
  • Soft drink bottles
  • Water bottles
  • Ice cream containers
  • Margarine tubs
  • Yoghurt containers
  • Plastic containers from kitchen (rinsed and empty) ie sauce bottles
  • Plastic containers from laundry (rinsed and empty) ie detergent bottles
  • Plastic containers from bathroom (rinsed and empty) ie shampoo bottles
  • Take-away food containers (rinsed, not polystyrene)

Glass

  • Glass bottles and jars including:
    • Beer bottles
    • Coffee jars
    • Sauce bottles (rinsed)
    • Spirit bottles
    • Wine bottles

Keep these items out of your yellow-top recycling bin

In 2018, China announced that it would no longer accept recyclable materials from Australia and other countries, leaving local markets to find alternative ways to process items collected through yellow-top household bins.

As a result, this has affected what can and can’t be recycled. Aerosols, meat trays, plastic lids and soft plastics can no longer be placed in recycling bins.

The City’s recycling contractor Cleanaway has provided more details about what can be recycled to make your choices a little easier, as we all have a role to play in recycling and waste reduction.

  • Polystyrene, meat trays, cups and beads
  • Green waste or food waste
  • Gas bottles, flares and batteries
  • Plastic bags or soft plastics
  • Textiles or clothing
  • Nappies
  • Aerosol cans (full or empty)
  • Xrays

The following items can be dropped off at the City’s Operation Centre, 2 Canning Park Avenue, Maddington