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.

Waste Management

Resource Use Management Platform

The City has committed to measuring and monitoring its energy, water, waste and fuel. Currently using the web-based platform Azility, the City measures and monitors the City's consumption data and has plans to integrate this into an Online Impact Tracking Platform (Impact Tracker).

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.

Resource Recovery

Recycling Council Waste

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.

Use of Recycled Products in 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.‚Äč

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.

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

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

Recycling Hubs

Our colourful Recycling Hubs can be found at convenient locations throughout the City, where you can take those 'tricky' items to recycle.

Accepted Items:

  • Household batteries
  • Printer cartridges
  • Mobile phones and small electronic waste (e-waste) including keyboards, computer mice and cords. Note: items the size of a laptop and larger are not accepted through the Recycling Hub program due to size constraints. Domestic quantities of e-waste are accepted at our Waste Transfer Station for free. For more information, visit the Waste Transfer Station page.
  • Household light bulbs. Note: Fluorescent tubes are not accepted through the Recycling Hub program due to size constraints. Fluorescent tubes can be taken to our Waste Transfer for free. For more information, visit the Waste Transfer Station page.
For further information please visit our Recycling Stations and How to Dispose of Unwanted Items page.

Reuse Market

The City regularly hosts Reuse Market Open Days at our Waste Transfer Station in Canning Vale. The market is open 8am to 12pm on the third Saturday of every second month and is managed by Workpower, an organisation that promotes employment for people with disability. All proceeds are used for the market’s ongoing operation and other community waste-related initiatives.

For further information please visit our Reuse Market page.

Community Engagement

Bin Tagging 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 Program page.


For further information and resources on being sustainable at home or in the community, please visit our Health, Wellbeing and Resilience page. For further information and resources on being a sustainable business, please visit our Local Economy and Prosperity page.

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