Recycling collection points and charity donations

There are many options available for getting rid of your unwanted items which will stop them from going to landfill.

To find out if they can be donated to charity visit

You can also help reduce waste and save money by visiting local charity shops, online buy and sell pages, or visiting our Tip shop to buy pre-loved second hand items.

Below are some ideas of where you can take unwanted items that can't go in your household general and recycling bins. Many of these items can be recycled or reused.

Item name Recycling options
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 for a full list of locations. Consider using rechargeable batteries.
Books, bric-a-brac, clothing, furniture If your unwanted items are in good, clean condition, don't throw them out! Visit to find out how to give your donations the best chance at finding new homes. Giv is an initiative of some of WA's largest charities working together to reduce waste and make every donation count.
Computers & televisions Electronic waste (e-waste), including computers, televisions, peripherals and accessories can be taken to Bullsbrook Recycling Centre or Red Hill Waste Management Facility. E-waste is also accepted at the City's regular Recyclable Goods Drop Off Days.
Cardboard / packaging boxes Cardboard and packing boxes can be brought to the City's regular Drop-off Days, or they 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 & 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).
Demolition & building 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 could also search online for companies that collect and recycle building waste.
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).
Fridges, microwaves & vacuum cleaners This type of waste can be collected as part of your general bulk waste verge collection and at our recycling goods drop off days. If the items are in good working order, some of them can be donated to charity, visit to find out what charities accept these types of items.  Some shops will also remove your old fridge when they deliver your new one.
Mattresses City of Swan residents are eligible for up to three (3) mattress collections each financial year. For more details and to book a collection, visit the Book a verge collection page. Some shops will collect your old mattress when they deliver your new one.
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 you can visit or for more information. These can also be ta
Plastic bags REDcycle bins are available at the front of most Coles or Woolworths supermarkets to recycle plastic bags and other scrunchable plastics. Consider taking re-useable bags when shopping. 
Polystyrene packaging Polystyrene cannot be recycled in your yellow-top recycling bin. Take your polystyrene to CLAW Environmental in Welshpool to be recycled.
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 & reading glasses Many optometrists collect used spectacles and reuse them. Check with your local Lions Club, they run a recycling reading glasses program.


Other Disposal Locations


Find more waste disposal options outside the City of Swan below:

  • Recycling Centre Balcatta, Balcatta - (08) 9345 8555
  • Tamala Park Waste Disposal Facility, Mindarie - (08) 9306 6303
  • Railway Road Transfer Station, Toodyay - (08) 9574 2258

For a full list of locations and more information visit WasteNet - WALGA.