Other ways to dispose of unwanted items

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Firstly, check to see if the item is classed as general waste or hazardous waste . All hazardous waste must be disposed of at an appropriate facility .

Can't wait for a verge pickup? The City holds a number of free recyclable goods drop-off days .

Wherever possible it's a good idea to try to reuse or recycle unwanted items. For general information about reducing waste, visit the Be Waste Wise  section of our website, view our Waste & Recycling Guide(PDF, 3MB) or call customer service on (08) 9267 9267.

Reuse and Recycle

Are you passionate about earth friendly living and reducing waste? The City runs a number of waste education programs and events  for residents, and the WA organisation Earth Carers  provide free education and support for the community to rethink their waste and to reuse and recycle more things more often.

Recycling Guide A-Z

Other ideas of where to take some of your unwanted items are listed below.

Batteries (household)

Recycle household batteries by dropping them off in the battery bins located at all local libraries, council offices and selected shopping centres. Visit www.rgang.org.au for a full list of locations. Consider using rechargeables.

Books, bric-a-brac, clothing, furniture

If your household furniture is in good, clean condition, why throw it out? Why not try contacting one of the pick-up services listed below below:

 Organisation Location  Phone 
Anglicare Home Collection Service Balcatta (08) 9263 2004
Good Sammy Home Collection Canning Vale 1300 855 130
Paraplegic-Quadriplegic Association Shenton Park (08) 9381 0111
Salvation Army Home Collection Service Perth 137 258
St Vincent de Paul Society Osborne Park (08) 9444 5622

 

Computers and televisions

The City of Swan supports the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme which is a recycling service for unwanted televisions, computers and computer products (such as keyboards, mouse devices and scanners).

Households, small businesses and schools can drop-off their unwanted televisions and computers free of charge to Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

Cardboard/packing boxes

Cardboard can be dropped off at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility.  There will be no charge for residents if cardboard is packed flat and with no foreign matter.

Car parts, bodies, batteries and metal items

Check the Yellow Pages for a local scrap metal dealer. Car batteries and other batteries can be taken free of charge to Battery World stores. You can also drop these off at Red Hill Waste Management Facility (fees may apply).

Building and demolition waste

To find local recycling options for construction and demolition waste visit recycling near you website.  You can also take your items to the Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

Fluorescent tubes/globes

You can drop them off at the City of Swan Administration Centre, Midland Library, and selected shopping centres. For your nearest drop-off point visit the R-Gang website (households only, no businesses).

Mattresses

Recycling fees may apply. Organisation Location Phone Hazelmere Recycling Centre Hazelmere (08) 9274 7807 Red Hill Waste Management Facility Red Hill (08) 9574 6235.

Medicines

Take out-of-date or unwanted medicines to participating local pharmacists to make your home a safer place. Don’t put them in your general rubbish or flush them down the drain.

Mobile phones

Most mobile phone retailers will take these back, or try: • www.mobilemuster.com.au • www.arp.net.au • www.canteen.org.au

Plastic bags

Recycling bins are available at the front of most Coles or Woolworths supermarkets to recycle plastic bags. Consider taking re-useable bags when shopping.

Polystyrene packaging

Polystyrene cannot be recycled using the yellow-top recycling bin. Take your polystyrene to be recycled here: Organisation Location Phone CLAW Environmental Welshpool (08) 9333 4888.

Printer cartridges

Many printing supplies stores can refill your cartridges or will take them for recycling. Check the Planet Ark recycling boxes in participating libraries and post offices.

Spectacles and reading glasses

Many optometrists collect used spectacles and reuse them. Check with your local Lions Club, they run a recycling reading glasses program.