I’ve collated below all of the opportunities for recycling materials around Maylands.
• Batteries: At the recycling station (outside the Reception) at The Rise. There’s also a battery bin located in the Maylands library.
• Fluorescent light tubes and household lights: At the recycling station (outside the Reception) at The Rise.
• Mobile phones: Hand them over to one of the librarians at The Rise, as they have a box behind the desk for used mobile phones.
• Plastic bags (including soft plastic packaging): There’s a special bin in Coles, as part of Coles Redcycle program. Those bags are later used to create recycled-plastic products, from fitness circuits to sturdy outdoor furniture. Here’s a video about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa_oDQd2fto
• Electronic Waste (only TVs; computers and tablets; computers’ accessories; printers, faxes and scanners): You can bring them to Bayswater’s Transfer Station. For more details: http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/cproot/6634/2/e-waste-flyer.pdf
Officeworks also has an E-waste program: “Customers can bring in up to 5 items for recycling, including desktops, laptops, computer mice, monitors, printers, scanners, multifunction printers, keyboards, computer power supplies, printed circuit boards, motherboards, network cards, disks and CD drives”. Note that it doesn’t include TVs (while the City’s program does).
• Household Hazardous Waste (such as paint; household chemicals; smoke detectors and more): There are various drop off locations (for free). For more details: http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/cproot/5750/2/HHW-Flyer.pdf
• Regular household waste: Getting the right items in the right bin at home could send less items to landfill, recycle more products and save ratepayers money.
If you’re not sure about what should go into your yellow bin, check out this list: http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/cproot/6255/2/RECYCLING-flyer.pdf (No plastic bags!).
Here’s the list of what should go into your general waste bin: http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/cproot/6253/2/GENERAL-WASTE-flyer.pdf
• Each household can also ask for:
– up to 3 free bulk bins (for general waste or green waste) or tip passes each year between 1 April and 31 March.
City of Bayswater residents can now order bulk bins online at:
– Free refrigerator collection for residential premises.
– Up to 2 free mattress and whitegoods collections.
– Free disposal of up to 20 litres of motor oil for residents (non-commercial).
For more details: http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/environment/waste-and-recycling
More information regarding waste management within the City of Bayswater can be found on the EMRC website: http://www.rgang.org.au/city-of-bayswater.html
• Toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes (non-electric), toothbrush & toothpaste tube outer packaging, and floss containers: Environment House / Perth Ecoshop & Sustainability Services in Bayswater has joined the Oral Care Recycling Program, so you can throw them into the green bin located at the front door.
• Food waste: If you have a garden, you could purchase a compost bin (from Bunnings, for example) and easily minimise the impact of that waste by yourself. Or you could use the services of Kooda (or a similar company), who takes away household food waste to convert into compost and worm castings.
BUT before you throw things out, please consider if someone else could find them useful. You might be surprised to discover that there are people that would love to get your old items for free. You can quickly post an ad on the Facebook page Buy Nothing Maylands or on Gumtree.