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.
Accepted waste items
Accepted recyclable items
*Fees may be payable dependent upon the type of waste you wish to dispose of.
The City provides ratepayers with four waste vouchers per year. You will find these vouchers attached to your annual rates notice.
The vouchers provide free disposal of:
The green waste voucher entitles the ratepayer to free disposal of 1m3 (6’ x 4’ trailer) of uncontaminated green waste from their premises at the City’s Waste Management Centre. Vouchers can be used for cars, trailers and utilities.
The general waste voucher entitles the ratepayer to free disposal of 1m3 (6’ x 4’ trailer) of general, inert or green waste from their premises at the City’s Waste Management Centre. Vouchers can be used for cars, trailers and utilities.
If you have lost your waste vouchers, please contact the City. If they are unused, additional vouchers may be issued after providing a statutory declaration.
The facility is open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)
Monday - Friday 7am to 4pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 8am to 5pm
Fees apply for disposing of some types of waste at the centre when waste vouchers are not presented.
Credit card and EFTPOS payments are accepted.
Household hazardous waste includes a broad range of products that are flammable, toxic, explosive or corrosive.
Our homes can be full of hazardous waste which cannot be poured down the sink or thrown in the rubbish bin as it can cause serious damage to the environment, including the waterways, vegetation and soil.
Hazardous waste can be dangerous at every stage of its ‘life’. This is because these materials could:
We can all play a role in reducing the amount of hazardous material impacting our community, starting at home.
You can help by following these simple steps:
For a great selection of non-toxic alternatives to household cleaning, laundry and garden chemicals, please view the Green Cleaning and Gardening brochure.
The HHW Program provides funding for the collection and appropriate disposal of HHW collected at the City’s Waste Management Centre. At this facility the public can drop off their unwanted HHW for free, even if they are not a Mandurah resident.
The materials accepted through the HHW Program include:
Acid, alkalis, aerosols, batteries, engine coolants and glycols, fire extinguishers, flammables, flares, fluorescent lamps and tubes, gas cylinders, chemicals, paint, pesticides and herbicides, poisons and toxins, pool chemicals and smoke detectors.
The program can only accept domestic quantities of materials (no larger than 20kg or 20L).
For further information on the HHW Program please view the HHW Program Brochure below.
Alternatively, you can take your hazardous items to the Waste Management Centre for disposal.
Electronic waste, referred to as 'e-waste' is any broken, obsolete or unused electronic equipment including personal computers (PCs), printers, keyboards, televisions and associated cabling.
Our desire to have the newest, fastest, most up-to-date electronics has led to e-waste becoming the world’s fastest growing volume of waste. Alarmingly, the ‘old’ items we throw out may contain several hazardous substances such as arsenic and cadmium that can adversely impact on our health and the environment. Up to 75% of the toxic chemicals found in landfills (tips) can be linked to electronic waste.
This equipment also contains significant quantities of valuable materials that can be recovered or recycled for reuse. Glass, plastics, aluminium, gold, silver and other metals found in casings and screws can be recycled or re-manufactured into a multitude of products. When disposed of correctly, the majority of these valuable materials and toxic substances can be recovered and reprocessed for reuse, and the remaining 1% will be disposed of safely and responsibly.
How can I reduce, reuse or recycle my e-waste?
Consider the possibility of upgrading or repairing your existing equipment and if you really do need to replace your equipment, ask if family, friends, or local charities can use it if still in working order. When it truly is at the end of its life, take it to your local e-waste recycling facility.
Where can I take my e-waste?
The Waste Management Centre will take your ‘old’, irreparable electronic equipment and arrange for valuable materials to be recovered and the safe disposal of harmful substances.
Around 18 million batteries go to landfill in Western Australia every year. Dry-cell batteries make up about 60% of those batteries.
Batteries contain non-renewable minerals and metals. By separating batteries from your ordinary household rubbish so they don't go to landfill enables their reuse in a range of products.
Some batteries still contain heavy metals which could be harmful to health and wildlife if they break down and leak into the environment. Preventing batteries from going directly into landfill by participating in the dry-cell battery recycling program will remove this risk.
How can I recycle my household batteries?
Local Collection Points
Plastic bags, cling wrap, bubble wrap, lolly wrappers, chip packets, cereal bags and other soft scrunchable plastics get mixed up with bales of paper and cardboard at the recycling facilities, making them hard to sell.
All soft plastics can be taken to REDcycle bins at major supermarkets. These items will be recycled into park equipment, bollards and other items.
If soft plastics are placed in your general bin they will end up in landfill.
You can help by purchasing less soft plastic, choosing items with minimal packaging, using reusable bags and contacting producers to request that they minimise unnecessary packaging.
As they contain very small amounts of mercury vapour (3-5mgs), CFLs must be collected separately to prevent them from breaking and to ensure they are recycled correctly.
Advances in recycling technology allow mercury-bearing CFLs and fluorescent tubes to be safely and completely recycled.
To prevent hazardous mercury ending up in our environment it is important these globes and tubes do not go into your household recycling or rubbish bins.
Please take your unbroken CFLs and tubes to the Waste Management Centre, from here they will be safely transported off-site to be fully recycled.
What do I do if a CFL breaks?
Why upgrade to CFLs?
CFLs save around 80% of energy used for lighting when compared to an incandescent bulb.
They are also 100% recyclable making them a much more environmentally friendly alternative. With lighting accounting for around 12% of all electricity in the home, the Government decided to phase out incandescent bulbs by restricting sales in favour of CFLs in order to save energy and reduce pollution. Incandescent bulbs can no longer be purchased.
All the materials used to manufacture CFLs can be recycled into new products including glass wool insulation for buildings, dental amalgam (fillings), fertilisers and aluminium foundry products.
CFLs are completely recyclable however they CANNOT be placed in your yellow lid recycling bin.
There is no landfill in Mandurah that can receive the City’s municipal waste. There is also no likelihood of a landfill being created in Mandurah due to a lack of viable land and for environmental reasons.
All of the City’s waste is currently transported to the Cleanaway Landfill in Dardanup in large haulage vehicles.
All of the waste that is currently landfilled at Dardanup will be diverted to the Waste to Energy facility in Kwinana when it becomes operational in late 2021.
Containers for Change is a new state-wide container deposit scheme that lets you cash in eligible containers for a 10 cents refund. The program will commence in Western Australia on 1 October 2020.
There are six refund points designated for the Mandurah area.
Bag drop locations:
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:
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.
Note: Most ineligible containers can still be recycled through Councils kerbside recycling collection.
Council selected Cleanaway Pty Ltd as the preferred contractor in 2017 for the provision of all of the City’s waste management services, which includes:
The bin tagging program focuses on reducing contamination and increasing resource recovery from the kerbside system.
General educational information alone does not necessarily change community recycling behaviour.
Bins are chosen at random and bin auditors conduct a simple visual assessment of the contents of both bins at the kerbside (prior to collection) and place a tag on each bin to indicate if the contents are appropriate.
The tags provide specific feedback on the contents of the bin as well as some general guidance on what can and cannot be placed in the bin.
Where do I find my waste vouchers?
The waste vouchers are attached to the bottom of the annual Rates Notice issued to ratepayers in July each year. The vouchers are only valid for a 12 month period and expire on 31 August each year.
I have lost or misplaced my waste voucher, do I still have to pay when I dispose of waste at the Waste Management Centre?
A ratepayer can attend Council’s Administration building at 3 Peel Street, Mandurah and complete a statutory declaration to request a new set of vouchers if they have been misplaced or stolen. As vouchers contain a unique bar code specific to each property the City can check the Waste Management Centre database to ascertain if any of the vouchers have already been used. Only those vouchers that have been unused will be issued once the Statutory Declaration has been completed.
When is the Waste Management Centre open?
The Waste Management Centre is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday. The operating hours are:
Monday – Friday (7am – 4pm)
Weekend and Public Holidays (8am – 5pm)
Please note that the front gate is shut promptly in accordance with the above times and late entry will not be permitted.
How do I dispose of soft plastics sensibly?
Soft plastics can be taken to your local participating supermarket and placed in the REDcycle bins at the front of store.
I live in a rental property and the owner has sent me their waste vouchers. Can I use them?
Yes, if you live in a rental property within the City of Mandurah, the property owner or managing agent may give you their waste vouchers to use.
I receive my rates notice via email. Can I show my waste vouchers on my smartphone or tablet?
The barcode scanners at the WMC gatehouse can usually scan the barcode on a smartphone or tablet. If the scanner cannot read the voucher the gate attendant can enter the barcode manually into the weighbridge software.
Can I use last year’s waste vouchers if I haven’t already used them?
No, waste vouchers are only valid for one year and expire on the 31 August each year. The expiry date is clearly marked on the waste voucher in red and the weighbridge software at the gatehouse will reject any out of date voucher. The gate attendants at the Waste Management Centre have no discretion to accept out of date vouchers.
I’m a Department of Housing tenant. Do I have access to waste vouchers?
Yes, the tenant should contact the Department of Housing office in Mandurah to enquire about accessing the vouchers for their property.
If I forgot my vouchers when attending the Waste Management Centre, can I just show my ID?
No, a resident must have a valid voucher in their possession when attending the Waste Management Centre if they wish to obtain free access. The Waste Management Centre is managed by Cleanaway under contract and they do not have access to the City’s property database system so as to confirm if you are a resident or ratepayer. If you don’t have a valid voucher in your possession when attending the WMC you will either have to return home to collect the voucher or pay the applicable gate fee.
If I have no intention of using my vouchers, can I sell them on Facebook or social media outlets?
No, the vouchers are allocated to the individual property and contain a bar code that is unique to the property, which can allow for the vouchers to be tracked. If the City is made aware that vouchers are being sold through social media outlets, then vouchers will be voided and will therefore be rejected when attending the facility.