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Household Hazardous Waste

What is the City of Vincent doing to help residents separate and dispose of Household Hazardous Waste?

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones contain cadmium and lead which can leach harmful elements into the environment if sent directly to landfill. Valuable resources such as gold, silver and copper can be extracted and recycled, along with plastic which is turned into fence posts.

By recycling with MobileMuster over 90% of the materials inside your mobile phones will be recovered and made into new items. It also means that potentially harmful materials will not end up in our local waterways if thrown in the rubbish bin.

Have a look around your home or office and bring in your old mobile phones and accessories for recycling at the City of Vincent drop off locations below.

Ink Cartridges

As a first step it is recommended you reuse your ink cartridges by refilling when required.

'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection locations accept any brand of:

  • empty laser and ink cartridges
  • toner bottles and containers
  • fuser and drum kits
  • fax rolls.

All items are taken to 'Close the Loop' in Melbourne for recycling. Ink is recycled and reused in low grade printing jobs, and clean plastics and metals are extracted and recycled into various new products. Left over materials and contaminated plastics are recycled into eWool - a timber replacement product. 


Batteries

Batteries accepted include:

  • AA and AAA cells (single use and rechargeable)
  • C and D sized batteries
  • Button batteries (e.g. from watches)
  • 9V batteries
  • 6V batteries (e.g. lantern/torch batteries).

The "Household Battery Recycling Programme" is a metropolitan-wide dry cell battery collection and recycling programme, and is the first of its kind in Australia. Batteries are collected from various locations around Perth, including the City of Vincent, and then transported to a recycling facility (Auszinc) in New South Wales. Here, battery components and metals are separated, melted and recycled into new products such as street lights, new batteries, car parts and steel frames for houses.

In light of its success, the City has extended the programme to include a "School Battery Recycling Programme". The aim is to harness the enthusiasm and environmental awareness of the students and take the battery recycling message to the wider community.

During the 2013-2014 financial year, the City collected and recycled a total of 914 kilograms of dry cell batteries, 615 kilograms of which was collected from residents and 255 kilograms of which was collected by schools. That's a huge 78% increase from the previous financial year!


Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)

CFLs are longer-lasting and more energy efficient than incandescent globes, but they do contain small amounts of mercury and should not be placed in your general household wheelie bin.

Recycling CFLs reduces emissions of mercury into the environment and recovers valuable resources such as aluminium and glass.

Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lights are more energy efficient than CFLs and 98% recyclable. This is another option to consider when replacing your lights.

None of the above products should be placed in your green Mobile Garbage Bin or 'yellow lid' Mobile Recycle Bin.


City of Vincent HHW Drop-off Locations:

  • Administration & Civic Centre

244 Vincent Street (corner Loftus Street), Leederville

- Mobile Phones, Batteries, Fluorescent tubes

  • Library & Local History Centre

99 Loftus Street, Leederville

- Mobile Phones, Batteries, Ink Cartridges,CFLs  (globes only, all tubes to Administration Centre)

Relevant Links:

Further Information:

Waste Management Services
9273 6000 or mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

 

Administration and Civic Centre

244 Vincent Street (cnr Loftus Street)

Leederville, Western Australia, 6007

PO Box 82, Leederville, 6902

Telephone: (08) 9273 6000

Fax: (08) 9273 6099

Email: mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

After Hours: (08) 9273 6061 - emergencies only