Western Australia – Zero Waste
This is a guide to recycling and avoiding waste in the Perth metropolitan region of Western Australia. Different localities and different states will have their own rules and systems. Kerbside recycling is common throughout the Perth metropolitan region, and in addition other services are offered including the recycling of batteries, eWaste, mattresses, textiles, hazardous chemicals and much more.
Different councils have different rules for what can be collected and recycled via kerbsite collections. If you’re not quite sure what goes in each bin, or you’d like to find out if your area has upcoming eWaste, hazardous waste, green waste or other collections, you can find out below.
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council: minimises the impact of waste for the Eastern councils and covers the cities of Belmont, Bayswater and Swan, the town of Bassendean and the Shires of Mundaring and Kalamunda. http://www.emrc.org.au/
Mindarie Regional Council: minimises the impact of waste for the Northern councils – cities of Joondalup, Perth, Stirling, Vincent and Wanneroo, and the Towns of Cambridge and Victoria Park. http://www.mrc.wa.gov.au/
Recycle Right: A campaign which encourages and assists residents and businesses to recycle, reduce their rubbish and buy more recycled products. Find out more about recycling in your local area: http://recycleright.wa.gov.au/
Recycling Near You – by Planet Arc: this site contains information about the recycling and waste services offered by your council as well as local drop-off options for items including computers, batteries, printer cartridges, mobile phones and many more. http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/
Southern Metropolitan Regional Council: comprised of five local governments in Perth’s south west metropolitan region: cities of Cockburn, Fremantle, Kwinana and Melville, and the Town of East Fremantle. http://smrc.com.au/
Western Metropolitan Regional Council: deliver innovative and sustainable waste solutions for Perth’s western suburbs: the towns of Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, the shire of Peppermint Grove and the City of Subiaco.
Their corporate website: http://www.wmrc.wa.gov.au/
Their community website: http://www.earthcarers.org.au/
Submitted by Lindsay Miles – if you’re living in Perth, join Lindsay’s Facebook group here.
This next part covers general national resources along with in depth resources and info for South Australia, whilst touching on the other states.
It is submitted by Amy French
Online Blog www.thegoodlifewithamyfrench.
Here’s a quick guide to how to keep your things out of landfill. Most of us are familiar with the motto of Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle but this isn’t always as easy as it should be.
If you are already reducing the items and packaging brought into your home and have already reused and repurposed as much as possible then the next step is to figure out how to recycle it properly and prevent it heading straight to landfill.
If the item is still good but of no use to you, give it to a friend or consider donating to a local opshop (Red Cross, Salvo’s, Goodwill etc), Childcare Centre or advertise on Gumtree for free, there are loads of options. Unused products can be donated to local Homeless shelters, includes toiletries, cosmetics, canned/dry food goods, socks, etc. Please check before you take it, and remember these must be unused.
Plastic bags are an ongoing issue and if you can, always refuse and bring your own. Boomerang Bags is a Borrow & return system run by groups of volunteers who make reusable bags from upcycled material with the aim of promoting and distributing sustainable bags to markets and shops, to volunteer, donate fabric or find out more visit http://boomerangbags.org/
This is not an exhaustive list, but a great place to start
Batteries – Household batteries can be dropped off for recycling at Aldi, Ikea and Century Yuasa Battery Recycling Centres across Australia – you can search for one close to you here http://www.cyb.com.au/our-
Coffee pods – If you are still using coffee pods, don’t despair, these can be recycled at Nespresso stores https://www.nespresso.com/au/
Cartridges For Planet Ark – Australia Post, Office Works, Harvey Norman and more – (there are 135 locations just near my house!) Check out this site to search near you http://cartridges.planetark.
Electrical Waste, DVD’s, appliances – Check where to recycle with your local council.
Mobile Muster – Recycle old phones and accessories, handsets and chargers – often located in phone stores and at Australia Post outlets http://www.mobilemuster.com.
National TV & Computer Recycling Scheme – Depending on which state you live in these can be dropped at Drop Zone, E-Cycle, TechCollect & Electronic Product Stewardship Australiasia.
Prescription Glasses – Lions Clubs, OPSM, Onesight and other places will accept these and supply to people in other countries with no access
Terracyle Australia – coffee pods, mail satchels, kids snack pouches, textas, beauty product containers, contact lens, toothpaste tubes. You can search for collection points or even set up your own http://www.terracycle.com.au/
Project Uplift – used bras and swimwear can be donated which are then provided to women who cannot afford or access these things http://www.upliftbras.org/
Recycling Near you – Planet Ark’s easy recycling look-up page http://recyclingnearyou.com.
Redcyle – Recycle plastic shopping bags, chip bags, snack wrappers, glad wrap and other soft plastics. These can be transformed into useful items such as park benches and fencing –their site explains how to do a scrunch test and locate a bin near you (usually at a Coles or Woolies store) http://www.redcycle.net.au/
RSPCA and other Animal Shelters – Offload your old blankets & towels.
Unwanted or expired medicine – Can be taken to your local pharmacy, find out more here http://www.returnmed.com.au/
Most, if not all, councils in South Australia operate a 3 bin system; Green/Organics & Yellow/Recycling collected fortnightly, & Blue/Landfill collection weekly. But do you really know what is supposed to go in these bins?
It can differ slightly between council zones, as can bin colour codes, so always double-check, but here are the general guidelines.
Green/Organics – Garden waste, food waste (including everything that cannot go into your home compost like meat & dairy), pet droppings (minus the plastic bag), tissues & paper towel, cardboard stemmed cotton buds, used cardboard food containers such as pizza boxes. This is all commercially composted.
Yellow/Recycling – Paper, cardboard, plastics (not soft plastics), ordinary glass (not wine glasses), empty aerosol cans, Aluminum foil and tins, plastic buckets, bus tickets, bottles (lids removed), take away containers, long life milk and juice containers etc.
Blue Landfill Bin – broken crockery, glassware & mirrors, foam trays, coffee pods, string, rope, nappies, etc. (basically anything that cannot be recycled)
Just taking these actions and separating your waste, this will dramatically cut down landfill. In addition to this there are often options for recycling other items that cannot go into your local recycle bin, or other bins for that matter.
Don’t Forget – In South Australia you can swap drink bottles, cans and juice boxes for cash at recycling depots.
Visit the Recycle Right website to search for recycling options near you http://www.recycleright.sa.
There is now an app for keeping track of which bin is due to be collected along with other local council resources, available for android and iPhone, find out more here https://www.lga.sa.gov.au/
NSW & Sydney
Garbage Guru– Aiming at a zero waste Sydney, helps residents look up how to recycle items, also available as an app http://garbageguru.
Household Recycling Tips http://www.environment.nsw.
Get it Right on Bin Night –http://www.
Rethink Waste Tasmania – http://www.environment.nsw.
ACT Waste & recycling Guide – https://www.act.gov.au/
Brisbane Recycling Guide for Households – https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.
City of Darwin Waste & Recycling – https://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/