It's important that recyclable items are rinsed and sorted correctly prior to placing in the bin. We don’t need to be perfect to make a difference, but if we all do a little bit, together we can make a real change.

Recycle your old empty aerosols, fluorescent globes, ink cartridges, batteries and mobile phones at convenient recycling stations located at each of the City's libraries. You can find the libraries in Beechboro, Ballajura, Midland, Ellenbrook and Bullsbrook.

  • Aluminium cans (clean & empty)
  • Steel cans (clean & empty)
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Paper (not shredded)
  • Plastic containers and bottles (clean & empty, lids removed)
  • Glass (clean & empty)

For more information about which items can be recycled, please visit the Recycle Right website.

  • Meat trays 
  • Aerosol cans
  • Coffee cups
  • Soft plastics 

For more information about which items can and can't be recycled, please visit the Recycle Right website.

After you put recyclable items into your yellow top recycling bin, it is collected from your kerb and taken to a materials recovery facility (MRF) for sorting and separation. The sorted plastics, paper, metals and glass are sold to companies who reprocess these materials into new products.

In Perth's eastern region, all materials from recycling bins that can currently be recycled are reprocessed into new products(PDF, 371KB). What is reprocessed from your recycling bin is affected by what is put into the bin in the first place. Recyclables should not be tied up in plastic bags because it makes sorting difficult and can lead to some recyclables being sent to landfill instead of being recycled. Keep all items in your recycling bin loose and separate, and put your empty plastic bags into your green top bin.

Be careful not to contaminate the recycling process. Most people don't realise the problems created by putting even the smallest amount of non-recyclable material into the yellow top bin. For example, shredded paper can get into the different types of materials like aluminium and steel cans, glass and plastic jars, bottles and containers, turning all of these recyclable containers into contamination, that ends up in landfill instead. Avoid contamination by only putting accepted recyclable materials into your yellow lid recycling bin and this will avoid unnecessary materials going into landfill. 

Find out more about waste and recycling services in the City of Swan, including information on bin services, pre-booked verge collections and the Recycling Centre - Bullsbrook.

If you’re an organisation, business, club or any other professional body looking to hold an event within the City, contact City of Swan's Waste Recycling Services on 9267 9267 and request a supply of recycling bins for the day.

The City strongly encourages this as recycling is one of our top priorities. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions by lowering the amount of waste going into landfill. Find out more about the benefits of recycling and what recyclable items are suitable to go in the yellow lidded bin.

Public event bins are available at a cost of $18.50 incl GST (you will be invoiced separately for these).

City of Swan recycling trucks took collected materials to the Cleanaway Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in South Guildford until the fire in November 2019, when we then immediately diverted material to the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) MRF in Canning Vale. No materials were sent to landfill during this period. We continued to take our recycling materials to this facility until May 2021 when we returned to the Cleanaway Material Recycling Facility. 

In the 2020/21 financial year the City emptied 1,189,825 recycling bins which is 41,783 down from last year's 1,231,608 recycling bins. We sent 10,071.50 tonnes of material to the recycling facility, which is down from 12,210 tonnes of material in the previous year. We have noticed a dramatic decline in weight from the recycling bins, which is most likely due to the Containers for Change project that was introduced by the state government in October 2020.

Of 10,071.5 tonnes of material sent to material recycling facilities 1,791 tonnes was found to be contaminated and then sent to landfill.

Fast facts

  • Glass is 100 per cent recyclable. Over 30 per cent of the raw material used in current day glass production comes from recycled glass.
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle is enough to light a 100 watt bulb for four hours.
  • Steel cans and steel scrap are recycled into new steel products including structural steel, nuts and bolts, coat hangers and more steel cans.
  • Recycling one tonne of steel saves 1,131kg of iron ore, 54kg of limestone and 633kg of coal.
  • A used aluminium can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days - that's "closed loop" recycling at its finest.
  • There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminium can is able to be recycled.
  • By recycling one kilogram of paper and cardboard, you reduce the production of greenhouse gases by one kilogram.
  • Each tonne of paper recycled saves almost 13 trees and four cubic metres of landfill space. It also saves 2.5 barrels of oil, 4,100 kWh of electricity and 31,780 litres of water from the manufacturing process of new products.
  • Making paper from recycled materials uses 99 per cent less water and 50 per cent less energy than if produced from raw materials.