We understand that residents are spending more time at home and may be generating more waste or recycling. To help, we’ve put together an important information list with handy tips and ideas on waste management while you #StayatHome.

 

Our Waste Transfer Station is still open every day of the week from 8am-4.30pm at Lot 502 Ranford Road, Canning Vale 6155.
 
City of Canning residents can drop off domestic quantities of household hazardous waste (up to 20L/kg) including batteries, as well as e-waste, cardboard and aerosols for FREE. Residents will also receive a discounted fee for other materials. Please ensure when you do arrive, to adhere to the social distancing rules of 1.5m and pay with card only.

Kerbside wheelie bin and verge side bulk collections

It’s business as usual for your kerbside wheelie bin and verge side bulk collections. Check out what a compliant verge pile looks like through our links at www.canning.wa.gov.au/waste
 
Rather than throwing it away on the verge, now is a perfect time to fix that wobbly table, desk or chair. You might even be able to gift it to someone in need or sell to an interested buyer. 

Kerbside wheelie bin tips

  • Empty hand sanitiser bottles can be placed in your recycling bin, however lids must be placed in your general waste bin.
  • Tissues, paper towel, napkins, plastic gloves and disinfectant wipes all go into your general waste bin.
  • Jars and their metal lids can be recycled (lid must be removed from jar), but are also great storing food and making sauces and jams.
  • Clean hard plastic containers go into your recycling bin, but you must ensure any plastic bottle lids are taken off and placed into the general waste bin. Plastic bottle lids are too small to be processed at waste processing facilities, so if you’re unsure of what size, use this rule: Any hard plastic lid bigger than the size of a credit card can go in the recycling bin.
  • Save water: clean your recyclables (glasses, jars, plastic containers) with old dishwater.
  • Keep it all loose! Don’t bag up your recyclables.

Soft plastics

Become a part of the REDcycle Program. Collect your soft plastics at home, and when taking an essential trip to either Coles or Woolworths, drop off your soft plastics in the REDcycle bin. The program will take many soft plastics, including shopping bags, cereal bags, pasta and rice packaging, bubble wrap, bread bags and much more.
 
If you’re not using the program, soft plastics are to be placed in your general waste bin only.

Buying more takeaway?

Our only option right now to grab a meal from our favourite restaurant is to get it takeaway. This means more takeaway containers are being used, but there are many things we can do with these containers before throwing them away. They can be used for:
 
  • Storage that’s stackable in your cupboard, drawers or fridge
  • Small containers that can save paint from drying out
  • Sort out and store your cords
  • Get crafty and create secret compartments (see this video!)
Just want to recycle? As mentioned above, your hard plastic containers (and lids larger than a credit card) should be rinsed and placed loosely into the recycling bin.
 
If not reused, coffee cups, soft drink/milkshake cups, wooden skewers, plastic cutlery and polystyrene are not recyclable and go into the general waste bin.

Is your food ending up in the bin?

Shopping tips:
  • Before going to the shops, check what’s in your fridge and pantry so you’re not doubling up.
  • Download a shopping list app. There are many shopping list apps for your phone and tablet - find one that works for you!
  • Resist the bargains (2-for-1) or bulk buys if the food does not have a long shelf life, or cannot be frozen.
Don’t waste it! Before throwing out any food, there might be a recipe waiting for you.
  • Along with a suite of recipes using the ingredients you have, Love Food Hate Waste will also show you how best to store your food and keep it for longer.
  • Foodwise Recipe Finder gives you a full range of delicious recipes by entering the ingredients you have in your fridge and cupboard.
What’s the difference between use-by and best-before?
  • Foods marked with a use-by date must be consumed before that date.
  • Best-before indicates the date from which the quality of the food starts to deteriorate from its peak, but can still be consumed after this date within reason.
Regrow store bought veggies and herbs
  • This is surprisingly easy from the comfort of your own home. Check out this video for fourteen examples.
  • You can also reuse plastic bottles to help you in the garden. Watch these five hacks.
Compost it!
  • The City of Canning has subsidised Bokashi Bins available for purchase (at 50% off regular retail price) at the Waste Transfer Station to begin your journey of composting at home.

De-cluttering the house?

Textiles and clothing

It takes a lot of energy to manufacture fabrics, yet tonnes of textiles and clothing end up in landfill every year. Here are some of our top tips for upcycling clothing and textiles:
 
  • Check out this full list of projects on upcycling fabric scraps.

Check with your charity shop or non-for profit organisation to see if they’re still operating and accepting donations. Please place only quality or good condition items in the donation bins. A good rule of thumb to determine if an item is of a quality to be donated is to consider ​"would I give this to a friend?".

Electronic waste

During your spring clean, have you found cords, cameras, mobile phones, TVs or printers that do not work anymore? Rather than having them end up in landfill, recycle them!
 
If you are able, collect your e-waste at home and when travelling for essential purposes, drop it off at the Waste Transfer Station for FREE to be recycled.

Bin isolation outing

This is a viral trend we’ve bin waiting for!
 
Put on your favourite costume when taking out your wheelie bin and tag #BinIsolationOuting and @CityofCanning on Social Media and join the online sensation!
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