Perth Recycling Guide
We love encouraging our local community to be more environmentally responsible and hope that we can all enjoy doing the right thing with our waste!
Eliminating excess waste all together is the priority, but we understand that in today’s world it’s extremely difficult to become 100% zero waste.
Recycling can very quickly become a confusing and daunting thing when you start trying to figure out the "right" way to recycle as much of your waste as possible. We hope that this recycling guide helps our local community figure out the ins and outs of recycling in Perth.
With all of these recycling avenues, it is important that all items are clean and dry (for example, wash any item that has been in contact with food as unwashed items cause contamination and can pose a health risk to recycling workers).
What Can Be Recycled In Your Curbside Yellow-Top Bin
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Different local councils follow different recycling programs in Perth; we have some suburbs with a two-bin system and some with a three-bin system (i.e. some areas now have access to a third organic waste bin collection). Whichever system your area has, the following list covers what CAN be accepted through most recycling (yellow-top) bin curbside collections.
- Hard plastic bottles & containers
- Steel & aluminium cans
- Aluminium foil scrunched into a fist-sized ball
- Cardboard & paper (not shredded, compacted boxes, and no grease)
- Glass jars & bottles (lids removed)
- Find out what to do with jar lids, bottle lids, and other lids in this article
What To Do With Soft Plastics
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If you're not already collecting your soft plastics separately at home, start now! Any plastic that you can scrunch easily in your hand (including plastic bags, bread bags, chip packets, and other soft packaging) can be dropped off at a local REDcycle bin outside Coles and Woolworths stores.
This awesome Australian program takes the nation's soft plastics and turns them into a wide range of recycled-plastic products; from fitness circuits to sturdy outdoor furniture, bollards, signage and more.
There are some items that REDcycle cannot take, including adhesive tape, balloons, compostable plastics, drinking straws, and cling film so check their 'What To REDcycle' page if you're unsure.
Click here to find a REDcycle drop-off near you.
What We Collect At Urban Revolution For Recycling
We have a community Recycling Station out the front of our store that we send to TerraCycle to be recycled properly. Here is a list of what can be dropped off at our Vic Park store in Perth:
- Plastic bread tags
- Dish and air care waste (any brand of dishwashing or air freshening products including bottles/aerosols/spray bottles/dishwasher tablet packaging/air fresheners & refills)
- Oral care (any oral care product or packaging except electric toothbrush bases)
- Hair care (any brand of used hair aerosol packaging, hair care, hair colour and gloves)
** Update: We have temporarily suspended our Blister Pack Recycling while we find a new resource to send them to. Please let us know if your local chemist is recycling them or petition them to organise a TerraCycle Blister Pack box. Perth pharmacies currently accepting blister packs for Terracycle (updated October 2021):
Amcal Compound Pharmacy in Como
777 Pharmacy in Bayswater
Blooms Pharmacy in North Perth
The TerraCycle Australia website is a great resource for finding other TerraCycle collection points near you.
We also have an Abundance Basket at our Vic Park store for community sharing of resources and fresh produce. Find out more here.
Where To Take Other Hard-To-Recycle Items
Where To Recycle
|Hard plastics types 1, 2, 4, or 5||Precious Plastics at the Vic Park Farmers Markets|
|Styrophoam (expanded polystyrene)||CLAW Environmental Welshpool|
Containers4Change drop off points (WA wide)
Polypropylene (most plastic flower pots and seedling trays)
Rombus Industries, Bibra Lake
|Metal||SIMS Metal Management, Welshpool|
|Electronics, ink cartridges||Total Green Recycling, Officeworks|
|Writing instruments (pens, wind ups etc)||Officeworks|
|Batteries||Aldi, Battery World, SUEZ|
Use These Resources To Find Other Drop-Off Points:
Search Planet Ark's 'Recycling Near You' database to find where to take hard-to-recycle materials: https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/
Search for TerraCycle Public Collection points near you: http://www.terracyclemap.com/
Search Recycle Right's A to Z recycling guide if you're unsure about a certain item: https://recycleright.wa.gov.au/a-z/