The Circular Economy is a move towards an economic system where products and services are traded in closed loops or ‘cycles’ rather than in a linear ‘take-make-waste’ system. At the City of Canning we strive towards a new circular economy which is regenerative, with the aim to retain as much value as possible of products, parts and materials. We see value in all of our resources and hope to minimise the consumption of finite resources, and design waste out of the system, building economic, natural, and social capital.

Strategic Waste Management Plan

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act) came into force in July 2008. It was a requirement of this Act for the City to develop a Strategic Waste Management Plan detailing strategies to manage waste, reduce waste and implement actions to meet targets, as part of local government planning for the future.

The City of Canning’s Strategic Waste Management Plan (SWMP) states that our vision for waste management is

...for the City of Canning to be a leading WA Local Government in sustainable waste management, influencing the Perth metropolitan area by facilitating solutions to emerging waste management issues.

The SWMP outlines our approach in achieving the waste vision by setting out objectives that cover key focus areas, implementing indicators to aim and measure ourselves against and putting in place the actions needed to accomplish our aims.

To view the Strategic Waste Management Plan, please click here.

To view the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007, please visit here.

Bin Tagging Education program

The City of Canning recently undertook a bin tagging education program with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA). The pilot program commenced on 29 April 2019 and ran for six weeks, concluding on 7 June 2019. The aim of the program was to reduce contamination and increase resource recovery from the kerbside system. By providing feedback to residents we can help to clarify any misconceptions or confusion residents may have, while also offering positive reinforcement to households sorting their waste correctly.

The program was funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account and administered by the Waste Authority WA with support from WALGA and the State Government.

For further information please visit our Bin Tagging Education program page.

Recycling community waste

The City manages the collection, processing and recycling of community’s recyclable waste including:

  • kerbside recycling collection (yellow-topped bin) which is taken to Bibra Lake Materials Recovery Facility for processing
  • recycling of domestic quantities of electronic waste (e-waste) and cardboard at the Waste Transfer Station for free
  • recycling of mattresses, tyres and clean inert waste (sand, bricks and concrete) dropped off at the Waste Transfer Station for a fee
  • on-demand collection service for white goods that can be reprocessed including refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dryers
  • bulk green verge collection that is converted into mulch and collected by a green waste recycler for reprocessing
  • bulk junk verge collection that can recover scrap metals and e-waste for recycling purposes.

For information and specific fees please visit our Waste Transfer Station page.

For further information please visit our Waste and Recycling Services page.

Recycling Council waste and use of recycled products in City infrastructure

Construction and demolition materials

The reuse of recycled construction and demolition materials assist the City to manage our resources sustainably and reduce wasteful use of natural resources. City initiatives include:

  • spoil concrete and road products from demolition works are taken to facilities for reprocessing into recycled construction products and diverted from landfill
  • recycled construction products are used for the supply of road base in road construction
  • asphalt that is used for resurfacing of roads contains a minimum 10% by weight recycled asphalt product.

City infrastructure

The City of Canning is pushing the envelope in regards to using waste products in the design and construction for the City’s infrastructure. Projects include:

  • decking made out of recycled plastic water bottles at the Canning War Memorial and dipping deck at Kent Street Weir
  • recycled tyres used in the construction of retaining walls
  • plastic water bottles, tyres, glass and recycled asphalt used in a trial to resurface Arlington Road in Willetton.
For further information please visit our Sustainable Construction Materials page.​

Subsidised equipment

The City of Canning collects 4,286 tonnes of verge side green waste a year and a further 42,000 tonnes of waste from green top bins. Much of this goes to landfill but could be diverted from the waste stream or avoided altogether. To reduce waste sent to landfill the City is offering residents workshops and subsidies on composting and worm farming equipment. By helping residents compost their food scraps and garden material we can help you create healthy and water wise gardens.

Composting equipment 

The City of Canning is offering residents a discount on the purchase of compost bins (220L), aerators, bokashi buckets (20L) and/or bokashi mix (1kg). The equipment is available for purchase at the Waste Transfer Station

Download the subsidised equipment brochure here for pricing information.

Worm cafe subsidy

The City of Canning also offers residents a $120 discount on the purchase of a worm cafe, the subsidised price is $115. As worm cafes need special care and failure can occur without proper instruction, worm cafes are only available for purchase from the City when attending a workshop.

To find out when the next workshop is on, please visit our Events page.

Download the subsidised composting and worm farming equipment brochure here.


For further information and resources on being sustainable at home or in the community, please visit our Community Capital and Social Impact page. For further information and resources on being a sustainable business, please visit our Local Economy and Sustainable Business page.

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