Waste & Recycling Services
The City of Perth offers businesses general waste and recycling services as part of Council rates. In addition to our weekly bins service, we offer bulk rubbish removal, street cleaning and can provide additional, rental or replacement bins by request for a fee.
Depending on your business, or building, bins are offered in different sizes: 120L, 240L, 660L, 1100L.
The City are committed to a waste target to reduce disposable waste. We need your help to use your recycling bins efficiently to reduce the amount of waste we are sending to landfill.
We offer recycling education programs to businesses and can connect you with community groups to help reduce waste.
Recycling services offered
- Comingled mixed yellow bin waste
- Green waste
- Organic waste
- Paper and cardboard
Timetables for waste collection vary according to location. You can find your bin days by checking the sticker attached to your red and yellow bins. This sticker will also tell you what time you need to have your bin out by, in order for it to be collected. If your sticker has faded, please contact our Waste and Recycling Hotline on 1800 013 827.
Putting your bins out
If your bin is serviced during the day, then your bin must be present at its service location by 6am. If your bin is serviced at night then your bin must be present at its service location by 8pm.
All services on public holidays are unaffected, except for Good Friday (Easter) and Christmas Day.
On these days, please still place your bins out at their usual service time and they will be collected by the next day.
Waste Type Landfill Comingled Recycling Green Waste Organic Waste Glass Paper & Cardboard Frequency Up to seven times per week Up to five times per week Fortnightly Twice Weekly Up to five times per week Up to five times per week
Fees & Charges
Businesses have the option to pay for additional waste and recycling services with the City of Perth. Additional bins can be hired on an annual basis and are serviced either weekly or fortnightly, depending on your selection.
General Waste Landfill Bins Description GST Cost Basic 240L bin (Weekly) Exempt $370.30 Additional 240L bin (Weekly) Exempt $253.85 660L bin (Weekly) Exempt $747.95 1100L bin (Weekly) Exempt $1,246.20 Paper and Cardboard Bins Description GST Cost 240L bin (Weekly) Exempt $165.75 Glass Bins Description GST Cost 240L bin (weekly) Exempt $664.00 Organic Recycling Bins Description GST Cost 120L bin (weekly) Exempt $190.90 Yellow Comingled Recycling Bins Description GST Cost 240L bin (Weekly) Exempt $165.75 660L bin (Weekly) Exempt $485.70 1100L bin (Weekly) Exempt $809.80 Green Waste Bins Description GST Cost 240L bin (Fortnightly) Exempt $61.25 660L bin (Fortnightly) Exempt $183.75 General Bin Hire Description GST Cost General 120L bin Inc $264.23 General 240L bin Inc $330.00 Cardboard only 660L bin Inc $39.86 Cardboard only 1100L bin Inc $51.41
Replacing or Requesting Extra Bins
If your bin is missing or damaged you can request a replacement bin, or bin repairs. Replacements are made free of charge.
If your bin is missing, you must report it to the Police so that we can process a Police Incident Number. You will also need to complete a statutory declaration when you request a new bin.
Additional or replacement bins
Additional bins or services can only be provided with the written consent from the property owner, strata manager or the managing agent. Written consent must include complete address details and a full description of the additional services required. All bins remain the property of the City of Perth.
The City are committed to reaching a target of 65% diversion from landfill by 2020. To achieve this, we need your help in recycling correctly, and thinking sustainably.
Yellow Bin - Comingled Recycling
Yellow recycling bins are provided to businesses to dispose of:
- plastic bottles and containers
- glass bottles and jars
- empty plastic bags
- aluminium and steel cans
- cardboard and cartons
How to excel at recycling:
- Use two bins in your kitchen, one for recycling and one for landfill waste.
- Recycle all glass (including broken glass), cardboard, paper, metal and plastic. All other materials cannot be recycled in your yellow bin.
- Ensure all lids are removed from containers and bottles
- Ensure all recycling is loose in your recycling bin and not in bags.
Green Bin - Green Waste Recycling
Large green bins are supplied to some businesses to dispose of:
- grass clippings
- common weeds
Blue Bin - Paper & Cardboard Recycling
Blue paper and cardboard bins are provided to some businesses to dispose of:
- cardboard boxes
- milk cartons
- paper and documents
- newspapers and magazines
- post-it notes
Blue Cardboard Only Recycling bins
Blue cardboard only bins are provided to some businesses to dispose of all types of cardboard from cartons to boxes.
Red Bin - Glass Only Recycling
Red glass only bins are provided to some businesses to dispose of all types of glass bottles and jars. You can put broken glass in here, just handle carefully!
We provide posters and stickers to help your staff separate waste correctly.
Green Waste Collection Days
Green waste collection days 2017 – 2018
Organic Waste Recycling
Small green bins (120L) have also been introduced to dispose of smaller organic waste, including:
- meet and bones
- fruit and vegetable scraps
- fish and shellfish
- plate scrapings
- coffee grounds and filters
- tea bags
We take this waste to Richgro, where it is fed into a massive industrial digester. The methane produced by the bacteria in turn drives a massive electricity producing turbine, which is put back onto the grid. Once it’s gone through this +/- 30 day cycle, it is then sterilised to kill any pathogens, and then used for their compost.
We provide posters and stickers to help your staff separate waste correctly.
Waste Management & Tips
Get to know what waste you're generating on a weekly basis and find tips to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Waste Minimisation Tips
- Know what your waste is by looking is your bins. Establish and record the types and quantities of waste your business produces.
- Separate the different types of waste. What items can be recycled or reused? Make sure you have the right amount of different bin types for waste going to landfill and for recycling.
- Introduce a waste reduction program. Build cooperation and communication amongst your staff. Appoint a waste management coordinator who can identify local recyclers and establish a program that reflects your business’s needs. This could even develop into a sustainability or green team that tackle water and energy next.
- Review your products. There are many instances where businesses can decrease supply and disposal costs. Does the cost of disposing or materials outweigh the cost of producing or buying them? Could your business use fewer materials in packaging, or better still, reuse or recycle them?
- Buy green goods. Talk to your suppliers about using environmentally friendly products or materials. Buying recyclable or eco-friendly products are often the same price but better for the environment and easier to dispose of.
Utilise the Planet Ark War on Waste Toolkit for Businesses. Every small step you take is meaningful as we all work together to tackle the waste epidemic.
- Reduce coffee cup waste with Responsible Cafes. The City is currently running a campaign in association with Switch your thinking and Responsible Cafes. Australians throw away over one billion takeaway coffee cups every year. We’re changing that by calling on local cafes to offer a discount to customers who order their takeaway coffee in a reusable cup. Registered cafés pledge to offer a small discount (usually 20-50 cents) for takeaway coffee served in a reusable cup. All cafes have to do is register with Responsible Cafes and start promoting your discount.
- Choose reusable whenever possible. Think BYO cups, bottles, cutlery and picnic plates, reusable shopping bags, rechargeable batteries, even reusable straws! Explain and market to your customers that these efforts are for the environment and assist them in overcoming barriers.
- Say no to the big 4 - plastic water bottles, straws, coffee cups and plastic bags. Go reusable. For Food and Beverage businesses, keep your straws behind the counter and only offer straws if your customers ask.
- Think twice before printing. Go for recycled paper when you must have a hard copy, and reuse those scraps in a handmade notepad.
- Say no to junk mail! How can you avoid printed marketing materials and more effectively reach your potential customers?
- Switch to paperless billing wherever possible.
- Ensure your organisation has a policy to prioritise electronic documents as much as possible. In offices, all documents can be easily shared via email. Hard copies can often get left to collect dust on a shelf!
- Refuse single-use plastic and encourage your customers to bring their own take-away containers to restaurants.
- Reduce the amount of chemicals and plastic waste in your business where possible by using environmental friendly cleaners.
- Speak to and challenge your suppliers on how to cut down unnecessary packaging.
- Food businesses can make their own soup, yogurt, bread and salad dressing to cut down on plastic waste.
- Food businesses can cut down food waste by effectively planning each day/week. Get more for your money, and use what you buy. Regularly review unused fresh food and find recipes to use up all your leftover food. Offer specials and alter stock levels menus to ensure all food is utilised.
- Reduce the amount you need to buy by choosing durable, high quality goods.
- Ditch the water bottles in favour of filters and glasses.
- Limit paper use by defaulting printers to double-sided printing, and limiting the number of computers with printer access.
- Only offer bags or packaging to customers when they ask for it.
- For all leftover edible food from catering or cafes, the City recommends donating the food to a food rescue organisation. Instead of this food ending up in the bin, businesses could connect with community groups to reduce waste sent to landfill, ensuring items can be redistributed to people in need where possible. There are 3 organisations that businesses could connect with in Perth to ‘rescue’ their food waste including Food Rescue, Oz Harvest and Foodbank.
- Speak to and challenge your suppliers on how to cut down unnecessary packaging. Often reusable alternatives be used that can be collected by the supplier after each delivery.
- Help your building and other surrounding businesses. Talk with neighbours about your sustainable business practices and share ideas / success stories.
- Choose reusable cutlery and tableware, refillable condiment dispensers, and reusable food containers where possible.
- Buy it back. Unless you’re buying products made from recycled materials, you’re not fully recycling! Printed paper, toilet paper and tissues are a great place to start.
- Make do and mend. Before replacing broken items have a go at upcycling to get new life out of stuff you already have. Can you utilise old jars, wine bottles etc for serving?
- Rehome and Recycle everything you can. Take good quality unwanted items to a local op-shop.
- Consider refillable containers for bathroom amenities, and reusable cutlery, tableware, and condiment dispensers, in restaurants.
- If your workplace printer uses refillable cartridges, hold a toner-refill-demonstration morning tea to encourage reuse.
- Repurpose. Before throwing it away, think of how it can be used in a different way. Old clothes and linen make great dusting rags, chipped coffee cups make great indoor plant pots and an old suitcase can even be repurposed as a dog bed.
- For working electronics, place them on Gumtree for free. Computers can be donated to local community groups such as Lions Club or Mandurah Musketeers.
- If you have a coffee pod machine ensure that you implement a recycling box to ensure all materials are recycled. Large buildings such as offices that use Nespresso machines can have their own recycling box which is collected for free. There are more tips and details on the Nespresso Website.
- Make sure your business has clearly labelled waste and recycling bins that are equally accessible, placed in pairs, all around the building/kitchen etc. If recycling or waste bins are placed on their own they are more likely to be contaminated. Set staff up for success!
- Printer cartridges can’t go into your recycling bins. However, printer cartridges can be recycled at a range of retail stores under the Cartridges for Planet Ark recycling program. Planet Ark offers two useful services – Search for your closes cartridge drop off location and register for an office recycling bin.
- Gas cylinders and butane canisters can’t go into your recycling bins. They are hazardous to the sorting equipment and the hard-working staff at the recycling facilities. Please take all your hazardous goods including gas cylinders ad butane canisters to your local transfer station for proper disposal. See Drop Off Facilities for more information.
- Batteries can’t be placed in any of your normal bins. In Perth, they can be recycled at Council House, Citiplace Community Centre, Ross Memorial Church, and Perth City Farm. Some local councils have drop off locations in many local libraries and shopping centres.
- Anything with a power cord cannot go in your normal bins. Ensure all your colleagues know where to place all broken electrical items. Then take all your hazardous goods including ewaste to your local transfer station for proper disposal. See Drop Off Facilities for more information. If is still working check the reuse section for different options.
- Cardboard should be flattened before it goes into your recycling bin. This ensures it can be easily sorted in the recycling facility. Please help the sorting staff at recycling facilities by flattening all your cardboard (big and small) before it goes into your recycling bin.
- All containers must be empty and reasonably clean before going into your recycling. The easiest way to clean dirty containers (like yoghurt) is to use the dirty dishwater once you have finished washing your dishes. Saving water and recycling right!
- Recycle. Use your yellow top bin for all your recyclables and remember not to put them in plastic bags which can jam recycling machines.
- Compost food scraps. Bokashi buckets and worm farms work well for small urban spaces, and every 1kg of food ‘recycled’ saves 1kg of greenhouse gas emissions. You can find some quality factsheets on the Mindarie Council Website, and Recycling Near You. The city can also provide you with a green organic waste bin for a small fee.
Some waste is hazardous to the environment and can't be placed in any of your bins! This includes:
- anything with a power cord/ewaste
- paint and chemicals
- gas cylinders
- printer cartridges
- construction waste (cement, bricks, rubble, sand)
- smoke alarms
- vehicle parts
- household lights
Other Ways We Help
Event Waste & Recycling
We encourage event organisers to reduce the amount of waste generated by events, and maximise recycling to minimise waste taken to landfill.
You can improve cost efficiency for event clean up by following sustainable and innovative waste management techniques. Providing recycling bins and reducing litter can enhance the reputation of the event, making it more attractive to tourists and other visitors. As a bonus, we’re reducing our commitment to landfill.
Event Waste and Recycling Fees
Please see the 18/19 financial year event waste and recycling fees below (ex GST).
Event Bin Hire & Cleaning Description GST Cost 120L / 240L bin hire (per week) Excl $1.00 Bin cleaning (per bin) Excl $2.00 Event Bin Delivery Description GST Cost Less than 5 bins (240L) Excl $85.00 5 to 10 bins (240L) Excl $113.36 Up to 20 bins (240L) Excl $17.05 Landfill Bins Description GST Cost 240L bins Excl $5.50 660L bins Excl $14.68 1100L bins Excl $23.09 Recycling Bins Description GST Cost 240L bins Excl $5.27 660L bins Excl $12.00 1100L bins Excl $19.00 Admin Fees Description GST Cost Lift fee Excl $120.23 Ad hoc fee Excl $49.23
The City operates an intensive nightly street cleaning operation from Victoria Avenue to Milligan Street, East to West and from St Georges Terrace to Aberdeen Street, South to North.
Daytime street cleaning in the central city is carried out using small mobile mechanical cleaners. Areas outside the central city are cleaned using ride on mechanical cleaners and all areas are cleaned weekly.
The City has a high-pressure cleaning process which incorporates a fine water spray. This enables stains and spillages to be removed.
Private Cleaning Services
The City welcomes collaborative partnerships with businesses and building managers to clean privately owned areas. You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1800 013 827 to arrange a quote.
Noise Management Plan
The City of Perth engaged Lloyd George Acoustics in 2017 to prepare a Noise Management Plan (NMP) for the City's Waste and Cleansing Unit, to minimise the noise impact for waste collections and street cleaning to sensitive receivers from ‘out-of hours’ essential services carried out by the City of Perth within its boundaries.
This will allow the City to conduct essential services more efficiently, including:
- Cleaning the streets after events and weekend nightlife activities in the CBD and Northbridge, to ensure that the City is ready for breakfast trade the next morning;
- Collecting waste and recycling outside of peak vehicle times, decreasing traffic congestion, and increasing staff and public safety.
Sanitation & Street Cleaning
Sanitation services includes the collection of landfill waste, comingled recycling and cardboard. Street Cleaning work includes sweeping, manual and high-pressure cleaning of roads and footpaths. These services run every day at the following times:
CBD, Perth 6000, Northbridge 6003
- Sun-Thurs: 9pm-3am
- Mon-Fri: 6am-3pm
- Fri-Sat: 9pm-3am
- Sun: 2am-9am
West Perth 6005
- Mon-Fri: 4pm-12am
- Fri: 6am-3pm