Recycling in Wanneroo
Residents have a yellow top recycling bin for the collection of recyclable packaging and other materials. Items placed in your yellow top recycling bin are taken to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF), operated by a private contractor. The materials are separated into different types. Recyclables are then sent away to be reprocessed and recycled into new products.
- Aluminium and steel cans (clean and empty)
- Glass bottles and jars (clean and empty)
- Plastic bottles and containers (clean and empty with lids removed)
- Cardboard (please flatten)
- Paper (excluding shredded paper, paper towels and tissues)
Click below to download our recycling guide.
Top recycling tips
- Keep items loose (not in plastic bags)
- Rinse all bottles and containers.
- Remove lids if possible.
- Have a separate bin or storage container in your house for your recycling.
- Put nappies, food scraps and garden waste in your domestic waste bin, not the recycle bin. These affect the safety of the people who sort your recyclables and affects the quality of recyclable products.
You can also place the following items next to your yellow top bin for collection:
- Car batteries (up to 2 batteries).
- Used engine oil (up to five litres - in original container ONLY. Must have a lid).
For a more comprehensive list of how to dispose of your waste visit our A - Z Waste & Recycling list by clicking below. Alternatively contact 9405 5000 for further information.
The City of Wanneroo provides a fortnightly kerbside recycling service for yellow lid bins.
Recycling Frequently Asked Questions
Why is recycling important?
Most of the products that can be recycled are made of non-renewable resources. If we don’t recycle, these resources are unable to be turned into new products. We also waste the energy, water and other resources used to create these products.
Why can I only place certain things in my recycling bin?
Your household recyclables are sorted by both hand and machine. Items that are hazardous, have the potential to spread disease, get tangled up in machinery or can become rotten should never be placed in your recycling bin as they contaminate the recycling process. Examples of these include needles, nappies, batteries, medical waste or anything still filled with food or drink.
Why have there been changes to what I can put into my recycling bin?
These changes are part of a Perth-wide effort to help reduce contamination and make recycling easier for everyone to understand, wherever they live. This will help increase the amount that we can recycle.
The main change is that empty aerosols can no longer be placed in the yellow top bin.
Why do I need to rinse my containers?
Your recycling is sorted by hand and machine. Items are then baled and sent to different facilities for further processing. During this process, workers come in contact with your recyclables. Rinsing your bottles and containers helps to keep workers safe. It also lowers the risk of rotten food and drink contaminating the recycling process.
Which plastics can I recycle? Some plastics don’t show a recycling symbol.
You don’t even need to look for the plastic identification number (the little triangle) anymore. The contractor who sorts and sends away your recycling for reprocessing accepts all plastic bottles and containers including food containers, cleaning bottles, shampoo bottles and detergents.
However, there are two types of plastic that can’t go in your recycling bin. Think:
- Is it polystyrene or foam? If yes, it cannot be cleaned and must go in your domestic waste bin.
- Is it a plastic bag or soft, scrunchable plastic? If yes, take it back to your local supermarket for recycling as part of the REDcycle program.
Can I place plastic bags in my recycling bin?
No. Empty plastic bags and other soft plastics can only be recycled through REDcycle program plastic bag collection bins in participating supermarkets. Plastic bags cannot be collected as part of household kerbside recycling collection as they can cause damage to machinery at the sorting facility and contaminate accepted recyclables.
Please do not place recyclables in plastic bags in your recycling bin – leave everything loose.
Recyclables (such as bottles and jars) tied in plastic bags in recycling bins will not be recycled due to safety risks in sorting. The whole bag containing the recyclables will be sent to landfill as garbage.
Do I have to take labels off?
No, labels do not need to be removed.
What about staples and window faced envelopes?
Staples and plastic envelope windows do not need to be removed. In the recycling process, paper and cardboard is soaked in water and turned to paper pulp. Any non-paper items such as staples or plastic are able to be separated and removed.
Can I recycle phone books?
Yes, phone books can be placed in your recycling bin. You can help reduce your waste further by cancelling your phone book delivery at www.directoryselect.com.au.
Can pizza boxes be recycled?
Yes, as long as there is no food left in the box. Pizza boxes will be recycled into new cardboard products.
If the box is very greasy or you cannot remove the food from the box, place it in your domestic waste bin. Your pizza box will be composted at the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) and used as a soil conditioner.
Why can’t paper towel be recycled?
Paper towels are designed to not break apart when wet. This makes it difficult to recycle into new paper.
Put your used paper towels and tissues in your domestic waste bin. Your paper towel and tissues will be composted at the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) and used as a soil conditioner.
Can shredded paper be put in the recycling bin?
No. Shredded paper is too small to be recovered by the machinery at the Material Recovery Facility. Please put shredded paper in your domestic waste bin. Shredded paper will be composted at the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) and used as a soil conditioner.
What types of cans can I recycle?
Aluminium and steel cans are 100% recyclable and should always be put in your recycling bin. Aerosol cans can no longer be placed in your yellow top bin due to changes in the kinds of materials the facilities are accepting. Aerosols should be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste facility for safe disposal and recycling.
Paint tins and cans should be dropped off to Tamala Park or Balcatta Recycling Centre. Even small amounts of paint can contaminate both your household bins.
How do I recycle clothing, shoes and fabric?
Never put clothing, shoes or fabric in your recycling bin. These items cause damage to the machinery and lead to lost time when they get tangled in the moving parts. If in useable condition, you can donate to a local charity. Visit giv.org.au for more information.
Items in unwearable condition can be reused as rags around the home before being disposed of in the domestic waste bin. Please make sure fabrics are no larger than an A3 sheet of paper to prevent tangles in the machinery at the Resource Recovery Facility.