Perth Recycling Guide

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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

Recycling guide

Image from PerthNow

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

How to Redcycle

Image from REDcycle

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

Urban Revolution recycling station

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

 Item

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
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

 

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/

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  • Posted on by Andrew Taylor

    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.

  • Posted on by Kelly Dunford
    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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