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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 Perth 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

Recycling guide

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


Unfortunately due to challenges in the market for soft plastics, the Redcycle program is currently suspended across Australia. We would love to see this program reinstated soon. Please write to your local Member and the major supermarket chains to request they invest in finding an urgent solution to the plastic problem.

How to Redcycle

This awesome Australian program used to take the nation's soft plastics and turn them into a wide range of recycled-plastic products; from fitness circuits to sturdy outdoor furniture, bollards, signage and more. We urgently need a new solution for soft plastics recycling.


What We Collect At Urban Revolution For Recycling


Community recycling trolley at Perth Eco store

We have a community Recycling Station out the front of our Perth Eco store that we send to TerraCycle to be recycled properly. Here is a list of what can be dropped off for recycling at our Vic Park store in Perth (updated February 2023):

poster about recycling 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 including toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and floss containers. NO electric toothbrush bases)
  • Hair care (any brand of used hair aerosol packaging with lids ON, hair care, hair colour and gloves)
  • Disposable razors and razor packaging
  • Skincare packaging made from plastic and glass

Accepted waste for beauty packaging recycling


** Update November 2022: All branches of Blooms the Chemist across Australia are now accepting medication blister packs for recycling! This includes 8 branches in Perth.

You can also recycle blister packs through:

Amcal Compound Pharmacy in Como

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

Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) CLAW Environmental Welshpool
Plastic lids

CLAW Environmental

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
Fluoro globes, rings and tubes Perth City Farm
Metal caps, lids and ringpulls Perth City Farm
Mobile phones Perth City Farm
Nespresso and Dolce Gusto Coffee Pods Perth City Farm
CDs and DVDs Perth City Farm
Corks Perth City Farm


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/

6 Responses



October 13, 2023

Bloooms Chemist at Joondalup Dr is no longer collecting blister packs

Michelle Allen

Michelle Allen

January 28, 2023

Could you please let me know where to drop off empty pill packets eg panadol etc



November 14, 2022

Now that Coles and Woolworthes have discontinued their soft plastic recycling bins – where in Perth can we recycle our soft plastics?

Colleen Gordon

Colleen Gordon

October 13, 2022

What to do with an old wooden picture frame with unbroken glass approximately 60 × 50 cm please. Rear of frame missing

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor

November 26, 2021

CLAW Environmental takes most #5 PP (polypropylene) packaging containers, like household food packaging containers made of #5 PP: margarine tubs & lids, butter tubs & lids, plastic ice cream tubs & lids (not the more cardboard-type containers, eg Connoisseur?), most yoghurt tubs & lids (some are #6 rigid PS (rigid polystyrene) – they don’t accept those), microwave containers and lids, various small dipping sauce cups, rice pudding cups and lids, jelly cups, bathroom product container lids (the containers might be #2 HDPE), basically anything ID’able as #5 (I know, it can be extremely difficult to ID some things), #5 plant pots, Corflute (corrugated #5 PP, eg rigid plastic corrugated signage), 10L, 20L etc buckets, anything #5 (must be cleaned out).
They only accept WHITE styrofoam (not coloured). It is compacted on-site at Welshpool into ‘densified’ brick form (smaller volume occupied) and sent off overseas to get transformed into rigid form #6 PS (plastic coat hangers, photo frames, anything made of HIPS (High Impact Poly Styrene, I think)).

CLAW also accepts a lot of more bulk type #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene) like 20L tubs, 25L tubs of water, cleaning products etc, milk crates, plastic drums, wheelie bins etc etc etc. Must be throughly cleaned out. Check with them.

They do not take #1 PET items.

Used Nespresso coffee machine pods – aluminium ONLY – (either with used grounds or without (emptied)) can be recycled at Nespresso stores, eg at Westfield Booragoon (‘Garden City’). Idk of any other Nespresso stores, maybe at shopping centres NOR? The Nespresson stores collect and send to NSW, I think, to Terracycle for recycling.

Not sure about #3 PVC (poly vinyl chloride) piping etc, or #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) items. CLAW doesn;t take them, Idk if anyone does.

Kelly Dunford

Kelly Dunford

November 22, 2020

Hello, thanks for this great resource. I am still confused though if PVC and poly pipe and fittings can be recycled and where? Thank you

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