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.

Acceptable waste for the Waste Management Centre

General Waste - Accepted

  • General waste/rubbish and junk
  • Construction waste
  • Green waste (tree/bush/lawn clippings)
  • Recyclable metal
  • All types of batteries
  • Mobile phones
  • Asbestos (bulk quantities not accepted)
  • Household hazardous chemicals
  • Compact fluorescent tubes
  • Plastic garden pots

Recyclable Items - Accepted

  • Bulk cardboard
  • Car parts
  • Lead-acid (car batteries)
  • CFL’s and Flurotubes
  • E-waste
  • Gas cylinders, flares and EPIRBS
  • Motor oil
  • Mattresses and tyres
  • White goods/ scrap metal
  • Paint

*Fees may be payable dependent upon the type of waste you wish to dispose of.

Waste Vouchers

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: 

  • 2 cubic metres of clean, uncontaminated green waste
  • 2 cubic metres of general household waste

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 1m(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.

Important notes:

  • General waste vouchers cannot be used for tyres or asbestos
  • General waste vouchers will be accepted for the disposal of green waste but not vice versa
  • Each voucher is individually barcoded to the property address and may only be used once
  • The vouchers are valid for one year only and expire on 31 August each year. The expiry date is clearly marked on each voucher in red writing and out of date vouchers will not be accepted – no exceptions
  • Vouchers cannot be used for the disposal of waste from large trucks

Waste Management Centre Operating Hours

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

Payment and Fees

Fees apply for disposing of some types of waste at the centre when waste vouchers are not presented.

Credit card, cheque and EFTPOS payments are accepted.

What is household hazardous waste (HHW)?

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: 

  • Cause poisoning or severe burns if swallowed, inhaled or contacts skin
  • React with other chemicals or heat and cause fire or toxic fumes
  • Leak on the ground and contaminate the soil or groundwater
  • Injure waste collectors if HHW is placed in household bins or out for verge collections
  • Pollute the environment if it ends up in a landfill

How do I reduce household hazardous waste?

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:

  • Read labels carefully
  • Seek safer alternatives
  • Choose non-toxic products
  • Only buy quantities to meet your needs
  • 'Green' cleaning and gardening

For a great selection of non-toxic alternatives to household cleaning, laundry and garden chemicals, please view the Green Cleaning and Gardening brochure.

The household hazardous waste program

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.

View household hazardous waste program brochure

E-Waste

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.

Batteries

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?

  • Store your batteries in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area
  • Drop your batteries off at a battery recycle bin - refer to local collection points below
  • Place your batteries into the battery recycle bin
  • Batteries will be collected when the bins are filled and transported for recycling.

Local Collection Points

  • City of Mandurah Administration Centre - 3 Peel Street, Mandurah
  • Mandurah Aquatic & Recreation Centre – Pinjarra Rd, Mandurah
  • City of Mandurah Library – 331 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
  • Falcon eLibrary & Community Centre - Flavia Street, Falcon
  • Mandurah Performing Arts Centre - Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
  • Waste Management Centre - Lot 10 Gordon Road, Meadow Springs 

Soft Plastics

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.

Recycling Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

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?

  • If indoors, ventilate the area 
  • Remain at a safe distance for 15 minutes 
  • Do not vacuum! Using gloves, place the broken glass into a sealed container for disposal in the general rubbish bin 
  • Use damp paper, or sticky tape on carpet, to pick up the finer particles and place in a sealed container for disposal 

For further information please view the Compact Fluorescent Lamps brochure here.

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.

View CFL brochure

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 three proposed drop off locations designated for the Mandurah area. The exact details of these drop off locations will be released by the Scheme Coordinator shortly.

The Containers for Change program aims to:

  • Increase recovery and recycling of empty beverage containers
  • Reduce the number of empty beverage containers that are disposed of as litter or to landfill
  • Provide opportunities to social enterprise and benefits for community organisations
  • Create opportunities for employment
  • Complement existing collection and recycling activities for recyclable waste

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.

Eligible Items

  • Aluminium, steel, plastic (HDPE/PET), glass, liquid paperboard
  • From 150 millilitres to 3 litres
  • Purchased in WA
  • Displays the refund mark
  • Be an approved container

A row of plastic bottles that are available to dispose of in the container deposit scheme

Ineligible Items

  • Glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
  • Plain milk containers
  • Containers 1 litre or more which have contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice, cask wine or cask water
  • Concentrated/ Undiluted cordials or syrup containers
  • Registered health tonics

Note: Most ineligible containers can still be recycled through Councils kerbside recycling collection.

A row of taller bottles and plastic bottles that cannot be disposed of in the container scheme

Visit the Containers for Change website

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:

  • Weekly 240L MGB rubbish collection
  • Fortnightly 240L co-mingled recycling collection
  • 240L MGB commercial bin collections
  • Public bin collections in parks, reserves and foreshores (includes provision of dog poo bags)
  • Operation of the City’s Waste Management Centre
  • Operation of the Tims Thicket Inert Landfill
  • Green waste verge collections
  • Junk and metal verge collection
  • Bins at special events
  • Illegal dumping/littering
  • Collection of dead animals on road ways
  • Provision of a customer service centre for waste management enquiries
  • Waste education

The City is a full member of the Rivers Regional Council (RRC) which is a regional local government formed under Section 3.61 of the Local Government Act. The RRC was formed to develop strategic regional approaches to waste management for its members.

Its members include Cities of Armadale, Gosnells, South Perth, Mandurah and the Shires of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Murray.

The RRC Vision is:

“To promote sustainable waste minimisation, recycling and AWT services for Member Councils in a way which will move their communities towards a Zero Waste environment.”

Rivers Regional Subsidiary

The RRC is intending to create a Regional Subsidiary to replace the Rivers Regional Council. The Business Plan and Charter for the regional subsidiary are available for review (refer to Related Documents).

Members of the public are invited to make a submission in relation to the proposed regional subsidiary. Submissions should be made in writing and addressed to:

Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 210
MANDURAH WA 6210

Visit the RRC website

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.

Online Waste and Recycling Guide

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2020 waste recycling guide (PDF - 829.3KB)
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