The Circular Economy is a move towards an economic system where products and services are traded in ‘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 from products, parts and materials. We see value in all resources and hope to minimise the consumption of finite resources.

Waste Management

Strategic Waste Management Plan

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (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 (PDF 14MB) 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 plan 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.

Download the Strategic Waste Management Plan (PDF 14MB) to learn more.

Resource Recovery

Recycling Council Waste

The use of recycled construction and demolition materials help the City 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.

Use of Recycled Products in City Infrastructure

The City is using waste products in the design and construction for infrastructure. Projects include:

  • decking made out of recycled plastic water bottles at the Canning War Memorial and 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, visit our Sustainable Construction Materials 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 the Resources Recovery Group Materials Recovery Facility in Canning Vale 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.

Visit the Waste Transfer Station page for more information or to see the specific fees.

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

Recycling Hubs

Our Recycling Hubs are found at convenient locations, where you can take common household items for recycling. Accepted items include:

  • household batteries
  • printer cartridges
  • mobile phones and small electronic waste (e-waste), including keyboards, computer mice and cords
  • household light globes.

To see a full list of items and learn where to recycle them, visit the Recycling Hazardous Waste page.

Community Engagement

Bin Tagging Program

In 2019, the City piloted a bin tagging education program with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA). The aim of the program is to reduce contamination and increase resource recovery from the kerbside bin pick-up system. By providing feedback to residents, we can help to clarify any confusion residents may have, while also offering positive reinforcement to households sorting their waste correctly.

For further information, visit our Bin Tagging Program page.


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