Understanding your waste

Recycle Right provides an A-Z Disposal Guide to help residents to find the correct disposal methods for particular items.

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Recycle Right provides a Find My Nearest tool to help locate those recycling and drop-off centres in the Mandurah area for items that cannot go in your kerbside bin.

This guide is a resource for a residents with information on bin and verge collections, recycling and managing waste.
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Currently, of the City’s kerbside recyclables are being transported to Cleanaway’s Guildford Materials Recovery Facility. We only accept the following 5 items in our yellow kerbside bin: paper, cardboard, glass, tins and rigid plastics.
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The City has a dedicated waste management and recycling centre located at 80 Corsican Place, Parklands. The facility is known as the ‘Waste Management Centre’ and receives both commercial and residential waste.

There are many items that are free of charge such as household hazardous waste (e.g batteries, paint, e-waste, gas bottles, engine oil), scrap metal (e.g. fridges, washing machines) and cardboard. The WMC can also accept lots of other items.

Find out more here

Understanding types of plastic and there recyclability can be confusing. The universal recycling symbol looks very similar to these codes. If a product has three arrows and no number in the middle, this means the product is recyclable. If the product has three arrows and a number, please look at the below chart as these are referred to as plastic identification codes.

(Universal Recycling Symbol)

There are seven types of plastic identification codes that manufacturers use to indicate what their products are made from. The symbol does not mean the product is recyclable. In the City of Mandurah, we accept codes 1 and 2 in the yellow kerbside bin (codes 3 to 7 should be repurposed or placed in your general waste bin).

The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) removes recycling confusion, saves time and reduces waste.

What is the ARL?

The ARL is an evidence based standardised system that provides you with easy to understand recycling information for packaging. It shows what needs to be done with each piece of a package to dispose of it in the best way.

Why do we need it?

Australian and New Zealanders are keen to recycle but are often confused about what packaging is recyclable and what is not. The ARL is designed to reduce this confusion with clear, on-pack instructions on what to do. 

Many products already have the Australasian Recycling Label and many more items are being labelled everyday.

How does it work?

Infographic outlining the three types of the Australasian recycling label

Visit the Planet Ark's website for more information on the ARL

WA Plastics Ban

Plastics have become a part of everyday life. They are inexpensive, convenient, and used in many applications. However, many single use plastics either end up as litter or landfill. To reduce plastic pollution, the Western Australian Government has implemented from July 1, 2022, a state-wide ban on the supply of certain plastic items.

What items are banned?

Banned as of March 2024:

  • All plastic shopping bags with handles
  • Disposable plastic utensils - straws, stirrers, and cutlery
  • Disposable plastic foodware without lids - plates, bowls, and food containers
  • Expanded polystyrene food containers and trays
  • Disposable plastic cups for cold drinks
  • Loose-fill expanded plastic packaging
  • EPS cups and EPS trays for raw meat and seafood
  • Degradable plastics
  • Disposable cotton buds with plastic stems
  • Microbeads in rinse-off personal care, cosmetic and cleaning products
  • Unlidded plastic disposable trays for food
  • plastic or bioplastic hot beverage cups (whole composition or lined)
  • plastic or bioplastic lids for hot and cold beverage cups

The ban applies to:

  • conventional plastics made from fossil fuels, as well as plant-based plastics (limited exemptions apply)
  • items made of plastic in whole or part (including linings, coatings, and laminates)
  • items sold or given away
  • items supplied individually or in packets

The ban does not apply to:

  • items pre-packaged offsite in food or beverage products (e.g., straw attached to juice box)
  • items intended for supply outside WA or business-to-business transport
  • plastic straws provided in certain situations for people with a disability or healthcare need

Balloon releases are also banned, however, balloons are not banned.

Learn more about WA's Plastic Ban

Degradable products are made with chemicals that cause the plastic to break down and disintegrate over time when exposed to sunlight and heat. When released into our environment, they break down into tiny pieces of plastic that cause damage to our wildlife if they consume it.

Biodegradable products are often just plastics that have microorganisms which help the product to break down, ultimately breaking down into microplastics. Bioplastics are biodegradable materials that come from renewable sources like plants or other biological sources.

Compostable products are made from natural materials and don’t contain any toxic materials when breaking down. They are usually made from natural plant starch and break down in a composting system through microbial activity to from compost. Choosing compostable materials is the preferable option to help our environment. Identifiable by the symbol below, however, they are only compostable through industrial methods as they require significant volume, heat, time and processing. This means compostable items are required to go into our general waste bins.

Although not recyclable, compostable products have the potential to go into your at-home compost if they show the below symbol.

With the rise of compostable materials replacing single-use plastics, consumers still need to be aware that the best option is to avoid items that are used once and disposed of straight after. These items include coffee cups, cutlery, plates, and takeaway food packaging – they are sustainable alternatives like reusable storage containers, beeswax wraps and KeepCup’s.

Crazing takeaway? Ask your food vendor if they are willing to accept your clean reusable container rather than their single-use packaging. They may even give you a discount!

Reducing waste at home

This guide is designed to help you identify plastic items you use regularly, including single-use plastics, and make simple swaps to create more sustainable habits.

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Worm Farming
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Dog Waste 

Responsibly manage your dog’s waste to benefit the environment and your garden!

Reduce your dog’s carbon paw print by:

  1. Bury in the garden: dig a hole in the garden, add poo, cover with soil and repeat. Avoid burials in one spot
  2. Worm Farm: create a worm farm solely for dog poo – worms can even take care of dog hair!
  3. Compost: check out special composting bins online or add to your existing compost bin. You can give make a DIY version utilising old buckets!

Important Note: Dog poo can cause disease in humans. Do not handle dog poo with your bare hands (use a spade or wear gloves). Do not put dog waste compost/worm castings on or near edible vegetable, herb, or food gardens.

Grow It Local

Grow It Local is an online local grow community, celebrating backyard, balcony, community and window-sill farmers. The platform is FREE for Mandurah residents.

The community can be inspired by growing stories and connecting with others, sharing knowledge, expertise, produce and recipes. Grow It Local’s mission is to make growing more accessible, getting more people growing, sharing, and eating locally grown foods. The online community provides a connection to nature and community, inspiring positive health & wellbeing, increasing composting and reducing organic waste to landfill in a fun and delicious way.

Join the Mandurah Grow Community here: Home - Grow it Local


Founded by Ronni Kahn AO in 2004 after noticing the huge volume of food going to waste, OzHarvest quickly grew to become Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. Their free downloadable tools to help fight food waste at home.

Find out more here: https://www.ozharvest.org/fight-food-waste/

Containers For Change is a recycling program that aims at reducing litter and promoting recycling. The initiative incentivizes individuals, groups, and businesses to collect and return eligible beverage containers, such as bottles and cans, in exchange for a 10-cent refund for each container. Once collected, the containers are sorted, processed, and recycled, contributing to environmental sustainability by reducing waste and conserving resources.

There are several refund points in Mandurah.

Bag drop locations:

  • Mandurah Recycling - 13 Gordon Road, Mandurah (Monday to Saturday)
  • Good Sammy Recycling - 120 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah (Monday to Sunday)
  • Community Recycling WA Mandurah Central - Lane Group Stadium, Clarice Street, Mandurah (24/7)
  • Community Recycling WA Dawesville - Ocean Road Sporting Pavilion, Moora Close, Dawesville (24/7)
  • Community Recycling WA Erskine - 39 Galbraith Loop, Erskine (Monday to Saturday 8am-4pm) 

Depot locations:

  • Mandurah Recycling - 13 Gordon Road, Mandurah (Monday to Saturday)
  • Containers for Cash Mandurah - 5 Rafferty Road, Mandurah (Monday to Sunday)
  • Community Recycling WA Erskine - 39 Galbraith Loop, Erskine (Monday to Saturday 8am-4pm) 
  • Community Recycling WA Mandurah Central - Lane Group Stadium, Clarice Street, Mandurah (Monday to Wednesday 9am-1pm, Thursday 1pm-5pm)

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  • Community Recycling Mandurah Central - Lane Group Stadium, Clarice Street, Mandurah (Monday to Thursday)

Further information about these refund points (opening times, payment methods, contact details, etc.) can be found on the Containers for Change website.

The Containers for Change program aims to:

  • Increase recovery and recycling of empty beverage containers
  • Reduce the number of empty beverage containers that are disposed of as litter or to landfill
  • Provide opportunities to social enterprise and benefits for community organisations
  • Create opportunities for employment
  • Complement existing collection and recycling activities for recyclable waste

Collect Eligible Containers

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a refund. The scheme targets beverage containers most commonly seen as litter. Check if your container is eligible for a refund below.

Please be sure that all containers are empty and have their lids removed.

Eligible Items

  • Aluminium, steel, plastic (HDPE/PET), glass, liquid paperboard
  • From 150 millilitres to 3 litres
  • Purchased in WA
  • Displays the refund mark
  • Be an approved container

A row of plastic bottles that are available to dispose of in the container deposit scheme

Ineligible Items

  • Glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
  • Plain milk containers
  • Containers 1 litre or more which have contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water
  • Concentrated/ Undiluted cordials or syrup containers
  • Registered health tonics

Note: Most ineligible containers can still be recycled through Councils kerbside recycling collection.

A row of taller bottles and plastic bottles that cannot be disposed of in the container scheme

Visit the Containers for Change website

Get Involved

Some items should not be placed in the household waste bin.
The City has installed recycling hubs for these tricky waste items to allow materials to be recovered from the waste stream and avoid waste ending up in landfill.

What can I take to the recycling hubs?
  • household batteries
  • CFL light globes
  • aerosol cans
  • mobile phones and devices
Where can I find the recycling hubs?

Recycling hubs can be found at:

The Community Gardens offer a range of workshops, gardening information and resources for Mandurah as well as providing volunteer and member opportunities

Mandurah Community Garden

Lakelands Community Garden

Coastal Waste Warriors is Mandurah’s dedicated volunteer Clean Up Crew with monthly beach clean ups – everyone is welcome!

Find out how to get involved: https://coastalwastewarriors.com.au/get-involved/

Lakelands Repair Café provides a free service to repair, mend and fix broken clothing, toys, ceramics, small furniture, and other items with the help of amazing volunteers!

Repairing items is both good for our wallets and for the planet!

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These bins help to reduce the impact of discarded fishing line and tackle on dolphins, water birds and other animals. Made of 100% recycled plastic, the bins provide a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted fishing line and tackle.

This program was started up in Perth by the State Government River Guardians. Some of our local groups, Mandurah Volunteer Dolphin Rescue and Estuary Guardians, then took on this initiative, implementing and caring for the bins around our estuary.

Check out the Reel It In page on the River Guardians website for bin locations. You can also volunteer to adopt a bin and help with maintaining them.

If you'd like to get involved in looking after a Real It In bin, get in touch with Mandurah Volunteer Dolphin Rescue or Estuary Guardians.

ShareWaste connects people who wish to recycle their food scraps with those already composting, worm-farming or keep farm animals for free!

Learn more: https://sharewaste.com/share-waste

This is an anti-litter program developed by Keep Australia Beautiful that engages volunteers (individuals, community groups, business groups) to undertake coordinated litter clean-ups of designated sites in their communities. Sites include but are not limited to: roadsides, streets, parks, waterways, bush trails, beaches and wetlands.

Participants are provided with tools and support and receive an adoption certificate to acknowledge their commitment. Participants can register for a once-off clean up or on-going clean ups.

Learn more: https://www.wa.gov.au/service/environment/how-adopt-spot

On the first Sunday in March, Clean Up Australia launch their campaign (Clean Up Australia Day). They have dedicated days for schools, businesses and community.

Register (and you’ll be covered by public liability insurance), and get a free Clean Up Kit

AND! You can organise a clean up, any day of the year.

Head to https://www.cleanup.org.au/ to find out more.

RecycleRight educates and encourages Western Australians residents and businesses to recycle, reduce their rubbish and learn all about waste.

Their website and app provide resources and education such as their A-Z Disposal Guide, Find My Nearest tool, and Resource Hub.

Illegal dumping is the unauthorised discharge or abandonment of waste. It is important we report dumping to protect our natural environment and ensure we have a litter-free Mandurah. Find out more: https://www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/live/report-an-issue/litter-and-illegal-dumping

There are funding opportunities to enable businesses, community groups and locals to support waste avoidance, resource recovery and help us to protect our environment

Resource Hub

Created by the Australian Government, YourHome is a guide to environmentally sustainable homes with case studies and free house designs including resources to help retrofit your house

Visit: https://www.yourhome.gov.au/
All and more available from City’s Libraries.
  • Is It Really Green? Everyday Eco-dilemmas Answered by Georgina Wilson-Powell
  • Ending Plastic Waste: Community Actions Around the World
  • Affluenza by Clive Hamilton
  • Small Steps to Less Waste: Stories to Inspire Change: Claudi Williams
  • Don’t Be Trashy: A Practical Guide to Living With Less Waste & More Joy by Tara McKenna
  • Zero Waste Patterns: 20 Project to Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Birgitta Helmersson
  • Too Good to Waste: Recipes to Save Money & Save the Planet by Sophia Young
  • Forged & Recycled Art by Clare Youngs
  • Plastic Free by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz
  • Zero Waste Life by Anita Vandyke
  • DIY Sustainable Projects by Audrey Love
  • Home: DIY Recipes For a Tox-Free, Zero-Waste Life by Harriet Birrell
  • 101 Ways to go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg
  • Recycle & Play: Awesome DIY Zero-Waste Projects to Make for Kids by Agnes Hsu
  • Foodwise: A Kid’s Guide to Fighting Food Waste & Saving the Planet by Lucy Bell
  • Don’t Waste Your Food: A Story About Why It’s Important Not To Waste Food by Deborah Chancellor
  • Zero Waste by Megan Anderson

There is numerous social media groups that can help provide online support and creative ways to deal with waste. Here a few:

Online Waste and Recycling Guide

View, download and print the PDF waste guide Download

Helpful resources

Waste recycling guide (PDF - 3.3MB)
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Waste Education Plan (2022-2025) (PDF - 13.0MB)
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Plastic free Mandurah - simple switches (PDF - 2.6MB)
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School waste education program (PDF - 722.9KB)
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Composting brochure (PDF - 1.3MB)
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Worm farming (PDF - 1.2MB)
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