Other ways to dispose of unwanted items
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.
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:
|Anglicare Home Collection Service
||(08) 9263 2004
|Good Sammy Home Collection
||1300 855 130
||(08) 9381 0111
|Salvation Army Home Collection Service
|St Vincent de Paul Society
||(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 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.
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).
Recycling fees may apply. Organisation Location Phone Hazelmere Recycling Centre Hazelmere (08) 9274 7807 Red Hill Waste Management Facility Red Hill (08) 9574 6235.
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.
Most mobile phone retailers will take these back, or try: • www.mobilemuster.com.au • www.arp.net.au • www.canteen.org.au
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 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.
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.