Rubbish, Waste & Recycling

All residential properties have included in their rates a standard residential waste fee that includes collection of general waste and recycling. Residents are provided with:

  • 240L red landfill/general waste bin collected weekly.
  • 240L yellow comingled recycling bin collected weekly.

Crawley and Nedlands also receive a 240L green waste recycling bin collected fortnightly. Other city areas may receive green waste bins as demand increases.

Our Waste Targets

It is very important City of Perth residents, businesses, visitors and event attendees use the City of Perth recycling services correctly to ensure we reach our target of 65% diversion from landfill by 2025, while aiming to minimise waste as much as possible.

Verge Collection

The City of Perth offers a bi-annual Residential Verge Collection for residents. Residential Verge Collections generally occur in March and September each year

General Bin Tips

  • Place your bin out for collection in front of your property or in an alternate collection location as indicated by the City only
  • Place your bin out well before your collection time to ensure they are collected
  • Place all rubbish inside your bin and not next to your bin
  • Ensure your bin weighs less than 75kgs
  • Close your bin lid to avoid windblown litter and vermin

The City’s 18/19 Waste and Recycling Guide provides more advice on how to master your recycling, and more details on general waste and verge side collection.

General Waste and Recycling

  • What is my Bin Day?

    To make it easy to remember your bin service day, we have attached a sticker to the back of your bin. The sticker includes your address, service day and the collection time.

    Bins showing details of label

    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.

    The exception to this is for residents in West Perth. If your bin is serviced at night, your bin must be present in its service location by 4pm. If your bin is serviced during the day, then your bin must still be present at its service location by 6am.

    Bins are to be made available for collection no later than the time indicated above.

    If your sticker has faded, please contact our Waste and Recycling Management Hotline on 1800 013 827.

    Public Holiday Services

    All bins are collected on public holidays 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.

  • Replacing or Requesting Extra Bins

    Residents with damaged or missing bins may receive repairs or replacements from the City of Perth. Replacement bins and damaged components will be replaced free of charge.

    If your bin is missing, you will need to complete a new bin replacement application form with us, and report the missing bin to the police, so that you can provide a Police incident number.

    You may request an additional or replacement bin online, or by contacting the Waste and Cleansing Unit on 1800 013 827 or at wac.inbox@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

    To request a new or replacement bin please use our Request Additional or Replacement Bins form.

     
  • Fees and Charges

    All residential properties have included in their rates a standard residential waste fee that includes collection of three waste streams:

    • 240L landfill/general waste bin serviced weekly; and
    • 240L comingled recycling bin serviced weekly.

    Crawley and Nedlands also receive a fortnightly 240L green waste recycling bin. The service area will expand as demand increases.

    Multi-unit dwellings (apartment buildings) are encouraged to utilise 660L or 1100L bins instead of 240L bins. The advantages of using bigger bins instead of 240L bins include:

    • Easier bin manoeuvring (with the 4 wheels they are easier to manoeuvre and have individual wheel braking)
    • Fewer bins to clean, store and maintain,
    • Fewer bins, allows for better use of space for parking and storage,
    • Less time service vehicles are parked outside businesses and blocking access.

    Eligible pensioners may be entitled to a 50% reduction on residential service charges. For further information please contact us at info.city@cityofperth.wa.gov.au or call the City on 9461 3333.

    Standard Fees
    Description GST Cost
    Basic Service 120L/240L, (includes yellow lid comingled recycling)Exempt$313.65
    Additional Waste Bin 240L, (includes yellow lid comingled recycling)Exempt$313.65
    Additional Green Waste 240LExempt$49.00
    Additional Green Waste 660LExempt$147.00
  • Assisted Household Bin Service

    The City of Perth provides an ‘Assisted Household Bin Service’ to residents unable to place their bins out for collection.

    The assisted household bin service is a waste collection service for residents unable to move their bins (waste, recycling and green waste) from their residential property to the kerbside to be emptied, and back to their property each week.

    The collection vehicle driver will wheel the bins out from an agreed pick up location on the resident’s property and return the empty bin to the same location. The assisted household bin service is provided at no additional cost to the normal servicing charge, provided the resident is able to meet the following criteria.

    Eligibility

    The purpose of this service is to support residents to maintain independence in their own homes.

    To receive this service, residents must provide;

    • A completed application form, and
    • Medical certificate from a medical practitioner.
    • If the property tenant, a photocopy of the current lease agreement must be provided.

    To continue the service each year, successful applicants are required to provide an updated medical certificate each financial year. 

    Application Process

    To apply for assisted bin service, you can complete the online Assisted Household Bin Service form, along with a copy of your medical certificate and current lease agreement, if applicable.

    Application forms will be assessed by the Waste and Cleansing Unit, within 10 working days.

    If you have any question regarding your application, please contact 1800 013 827 or wac.inbox@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

Recycling Information

The city is committed to our waste target to achieve 65% diversion from landfill by 2020. We need your help to make small changes to recycle correctly to reduce our overall waste.

Does your building have recycling bins? Do you have too many or not enough bins? It may be time to review and evaluate your waste services.

  • Comingled Recycling -Yellow Lid Bin

    Refuse bins with yellow lids

    This recycling service is supplied to all residents, businesses, events and in our public place recycling litter bins.

    What can I recycle in my yellow lid bin?

    Comingled bin recycling - acceptable items

    Comingled bin recycling - unacceptable items

    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 Waste Recycling - Lime Green Lid Bin

    Refuse bins with green lids

    The City conducts a fortnightly green waste recycling service to our residents in Nedlands and Crawley. The service area will expand as demand increases.

    The service has been introduced to assist in achieving recycling targets and maximise our waste diversion from landfill. Green waste will be recycled and turned into a rich compost.

    What can I recycle in my green waste recycling bins?

    Green bin recycling - acceptable items

    Green bin recycling - unacceptable items

  • Green Waste Collection Days

    Green waste collection areas

    Green waste collection dates

  • Food Organic Waste Recycling- Lime Green Lid Bin
    Small organic green bin

    We have now introduced a lime green lidded 120L Organics bin collection service to the City of Perth’s Waste Services. This stream is meant for food waste, off-cuts, peels, bones, shells, and other organic type waste.

    This service is currently being trialled within selected residential properties. To register your interest, please email wac.inbox@cityofperth.wa.gov.au, or call the City on 9461 3333.

    We take this waste to an aerobic digester, 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.

    What can I recycle in my food organic waste recycling bin?

    Organic bin recycling - acceptable items

    Organic bin recycling - unacceptable items  

     

  • Helpful Resources

    We have posters and stickers that help residents and business separate waste correctly. You can download the different types below.

Waste Management and Tips

  • Waste Minimisation Information

    In 2014-15 Australians generated 60 million tonnes of waste per year. This includes waste from our kitchens, bathrooms, laundries, gardens, and from building and construction activities.

    Although we've made great improvements in our waste disposal habits over recent years, we can always do more.

    Below you can find some opportunities to try and minimise your waste generation. By being more selection and what you buy you can also encourage businesses to be more mindful of their business practises.

    Refuse

    • Choose reusable whenever possible. Think BYO cups, bottles, cutlery and picnic plates, reusable shopping bags, rechargeable batteries, even reusable straws.
    • Say no to the big 4. Plastic water bottles, straws, coffee cups and plastic bags. Go reusable.
    • Take your reusable coffee cup to cafes that support the reuse movement. Find participating cafes to get 20-50c off your coffee.
    • 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! Avoid all that paper waste with a No Junk Mail sticker and if you don’t use phone directories, cancel your home’s delivery.
    • Switch to paperless billing wherever possible.
    • Refuse single-use plastic and bring your own containers to take-away restaurants.
    • Buy e-books or visit the library instead of buying paper books

    Reduce

    • Reduce the amount of chemicals and plastic waste in your home by making your own natural cleaners. Mix one-part water with one-part vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice for an effective all-purpose cleaner. Switch your thinking has a great guide for cleaning naturally.
    • Try package-free grocery shopping at local bulk food supply stores. Buying in bulk doesn’t have to mean buying a lot, take your own containers and buy only what you need.
    • Cut down consumption. Buy nothing new for a day, a week or month.
    • Pack a ‘nude’ lunch before work. Save on packaging waste and expensive bought lunches.
    • Make your own soup, yogurt, bread and salad dressing to cut down on plastic waste.
    • Cut down food waste by meal planning for the week. Get more for your money, get the nutrition you need and use what you buy. Love food hate waste has a ‘What to do guide’ for saving money, time and food.
    • Cut down food waste at the end of each week by checking your fridge for unused fresh food and search for recipes to use up all your leftover food. If you can’t think of ideas search for recipes on the internet or use Love Food Hate Waste’s leftover lookup to find how to use your left-over ingredients.
    • Cut down food waste at the end of each week by checking your fridge for unused food. If you don’t have time to cook it make sure you freeze it! You can freeze milk, cheese, vegetables and fruit. Love Food, Hate waste have a freezer hero guide you can reference.
    • Reduce the amount you need to buy by choosing durable, high quality goods
    • Check if you can borrow an item from a neighbour, friend or family member before buying it for yourself. Use Facebook to connect with your neighbours and share rarely used items.

    Reuse

    • Choose recycled or upcycled. Try a vintage shop for your next clothes purchase or upcycle a gift for your friend’s birthday. By buying goods that have recycled material you are supporting the recycling industry, the circular economy and more jobs!
    • Help your building. Talk with neighbours about your sustainable living switches or set up a swap-and-share board for your strata.
    • Make do and mend. Before replacing that holey jumper, have a go at darning or upcycling to get new life out of stuff you already have. If you need help find a Repair Café such as Repair Café Perth.
    • Recycle everything you can. Take good quality unwanted items to a local op-shop or save them up for the Big Aussie Swap.
    • Rehome. Use op-shops or sites like Gumtree and Freecycle to re-home unwanted household items from clothes to collectables and puzzles to plants. Join your local Buy Nothing Group on Facebook.
    • Repurpose. Before throwing it away, think of how it can be put to use 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!

    Recycle

    • All clothes placed in your recycling bin will end up in landfill. They also get tangled in the sorting equipment at the recycling facility and cause havoc! To recycle clothes and other textiles please take them to your local Charity or Charity bin. These organisations can raise profit for their worthy causes by reselling the items in their op-shops or sending them to be made into rags. Reuse is always better than recycling.
    • 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 household 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 household bins. Please take all your hazardous goods including e-waste to your local transfer station for proper disposal. See Drop Off Facilities for more information.
    • All 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.
    • 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. If you’d like some useful fact sheets visit Mindarie Regional Council or Recycling Near You.
    • Recycle right. Recycle batteries Citiplace Community Centre, Council House or Ross Memorial Church, and take chemicals and paints to Balcatta Recycling Centre.

    More resources

  • Residential Verge Collection

    The next residential verge collection will take place in September 2018. This is the first of two verge collections in the 2017/18 rates period.

    The City of Perth conducts two verge collections (March and September) for residents each year. This collection is for all items that cannot be reused, given away or donated. You will be given four weeks’ notice of the collection date via mail.

    All residents will receive a brochure via mail, confirming the exact date at least 2 weeks before the collection date.

    Please do not place your waste out on the verge until the weekend before the collection service begins.

    Items for collection must be placed on verge before 6.30am on the Monday of the collection.

    Items we collect:

    Garden waste:

    • This includes tree and/or shrub prunings up to 1.5m in length, lawn clippings and leaves in boxes or bags.

    Electronic waste includes:

    • televisions
    • computers and printers
    • mobile phones, phones
    • DVD & CD players, VCRs and Hi-Fi equipment
    • refrigerators/freezers (doors removed)
    • stoves and other whitegoods
    • mattresses
    • old furniture
    Verge collection

    We will not remove:

    • tree branches over 1.5m in length
    • large tree trunks or stumps
    • foodstuffs and general household waste
    • motor vehicles - whole or parts thereof
    • bricks, rubble, sand, cement

     

    Or any Hazardous waste including:

    • paint and chemicals
    • asbestos
    • gas cylinders
    • construction waste (cement, bricks, rubble, sand)
    • tyres
    • smoke alarms
    • vehicle parts
    • household lights
    • batteries
    • printer cartridges

     

    These items can be disposed of drop-off facilities.

    Recycling and Reuse Information

    Items collected during the verge collection are taken to a sorting facility to ensure as much as possible are recycled, however a lot cannot be recycled.

    Please assess all items for recycling and reuse options before putting them out for verge collection.

    If it works someone could use it! Have you tried:

    • Asking friends if they need or could use the item?
    • Contacting your local charity?
    • Advertising the item for sale or for free on Gumtree.com.au?
    • Posting on Facebook or other social media platforms to sell or give away the item?

    Local charities

    Anglicare   (08) 6253 3535
     Salvation Army  137 258
     St Vincent de Paul   (08) 9444 5622
     Good Samaritans  (08) 9421 1960
    1300 466 372 
     Red Cross   (08) 9228 1610
     Save the Children  (08) 9381 1499
     RSPCA  (08) 9209 9300

    Collection tips

    To make verge collection easier:

    • Separate electronic waste, whitegoods and garden waste into separate piles.
    • Neatly place rubbish on the street verge.
    • Trim tree branches/prunings to a maximum length of 1.5m. Larger branches will NOT be removed.
    • Items should be of a maximum weight that is easily handled by two people.
    • Use boxes or bags for lawn clippings, cuttings and leaves.
    • Keep rubbish clear of your sprinkler system and do not obstruct the footpath or your normal bin service.
  • Drop Off Facilities

    City of Perth residents can use three drop off facilities. A maximum of 20L/kg (or combination) per visit applies. Bulk recycling and general waste can also be dropped off anytime.

    Facilities

    Verge collection 

    Reusable or recyclable items

    All locations accept a wide range of items that can be resold or recycled. This is offered as a free service to residents.

    Items accepted include clothing, glass items, household goods, carpet, firewood, crockery and cutlery, paint, gas bottles, electronic items including computer hardware and mobile phones, household chemicals, paper and cardboard, vegetable oil, batteries, engine oil, petrol, aluminium cans, steel cans, other items with a high metal content, and some building materials. 

    There are tip shops at Tamala Park and Balcatta that offer pre-owned goods for sale, at bargain prices.

    Landfill/general waste

    All locations accept landfill/general waste and household rubbish from residents. Fees apply for this service. A Schedule of Fees can be found on the Tamala Park or Recycling Centre Balcatta websites. 

    Asbestos

    Tamala Park offer a regular Free Asbestos Drop-off Day for residents. Contact Mindarie Regional Council for information on drop-off days, quantities of asbestos accepted, instructions for wrapping and delivery, and safe work procedures for the removal and handling of asbestos.

    E-Waste

    All drop off locations accept e-waste at no cost and ensure it is properly recycled. Products accepted include Computers, Monitors, Notebooks, Printers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Desktop sized printers, CD Drives, Hard Drives, TVs, VCR Players, Projectors, Networking Equipment, Cables, Keyboards, Mice, Floppy Discs, Printer Cartridges, Electronic Games/Toys, DVD Players, Stereos, Cameras, Video Cameras, iPods, Office Photocopiers.

  • Household Hazardous Waste

    This waste is hazardous to the environment and should not be placed in any of your bins!

    • anything with a power cord/e-waste
    • paint and chemicals
    • asbestos
    • gas cylinders
    • printer cartridges
    • construction waste (cement, bricks, rubble, sand)
    • tyres
    • smoke alarms
    • vehicle parts
    • household lights.

    The WA Government has a Waste Authority website with detailed information on dealing with and disposing of hazardous waste.

    These items can be disposed of at two drop-off facilities, Tamala Park and Recycling Centre Balcatta.

    Battery recycling

    Dry cell batteries can be dropped off at the following City of Perth locations:

    • Citiplace Community Centre, City Railway Station Complex, Wellington St, Perth
    • Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace Perth
    • Ross Memorial Church, 1204 Hay St, West Perth
    • Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Place, East Perth

    If you have hazardous waste to dispose of, check if they can be accepted for drop off at Tamala Park (see Drop It Off section).

    E-waste

    Residents and small businesses wishing to dispose of televisions, computers and peripherals may drop those items off at selected Officeworks or Harvey Norman stores. For terms and conditions and your nearest store please go to the Drop Zone website. 

Other Ways We Help

  • Street Cleaning

    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.

  • 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 works include the collection of landfill waste, comingled recycling and cardboard in the following areas.

    • CBD, Perth 6000/ Northbridge 6003 (Sun-Thurs PM): 9pm-3am
    • CBD, Perth 6000/ Northbridge 6003 (Mon-Fri AM): 6am-3pm
    • CBD, Perth 6000/ Northbridge 6003 (Fri/Sat PM): 9pm-3am
    • CBD, Perth 6000/ Northbridge 6003 (Sun AM): 2am-9am
    • West Perth 6005 (Mon-Fri): 4pm-12am
    • Crawley/Nedlands 6009 (Fri): 6am-3pm.

    Street Cleaning works include sweeping, manual and high-pressure cleaning of roads and footpaths in the following areas:

    • CBD, Perth 6000/ Northbridge 6003 (Sun-Thurs PM): 9pm-3am
    • CBD, Perth 6000/ Northbridge 6003 (Mon-Fri AM): 6am-3pm
    • CBD, Perth 6000/ Northbridge 6003 (Fri/Sat PM): 9pm-3am
    • CBD, Perth 6000/ Northbridge 6003 (Sun AM): 2am-9am
    • West Perth 6005 (Mon-Fri): 4pm-12am
    • Crawley/Nedlands 6009 (Fri): 6am-3pm.

    The current NMP approval is currently being submitted for approval with the Department of Water and Environment Authority.

    If you would like to make a submission, comment or complaint, you can contact us: