HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

Household Hazardous Waste includes unwanted household products that contain chemicals or substances that can be harmful to you, your family, your pets or the environment.

These items - such as paints, solvents, pesticides and even cleaning products – should never be put in your kerbside bins. They may cause fires in bins or waste trucks, present an environmental and health risk due to spillage, and risk the safety of our waste collection staff and material recovery facilities.

The Household Hazardous Waste Program, funded by the Waste Authority WA, provides 15 FREE drop-off facilities in the Perth metropolitan area and regional WA for residents to safely dispose of hazardous materials.

Examples include:

  • acids and alkalis
  • gas cylinders (small household)
  • aerosols
  • household chemicals and cleaners
  • batteries (household)
  • paint
  • engine coolants and glycols
  • pesticides/herbicides
  • fire extinguishers - non halon (red only)
  • poisons/toxins
  • flammables
  • pool chemicals
  • flares
  • smoke detectors
  • fluorescent lamps and tubes (CFLs)
  • unknown chemicals (must be in sealed, chemical resistant containers)

    These items can be taken to any of the program's 15 FREE drop-off facilities, with the closest locations for Vincent residents listed below:

    Recycling Centre Balcatta

    238 Balcatta Road, Balcatta

      

    Phone: 9205 8555

    West Metro Recycling Centre

    60 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park (enter off Brockway Road)

    Phone: 9384 2544

    Tamala Park

    1700 Marmion Avenue, Mindarie

      

    Phone: 9306 6303

    The program can accept up to 20kg or 20 litres per material type and is only for domestic waste (no business waste accepted). 

    For a full list of accepted materials and drop off locations visit: WasteNet - Household Hazardous Waste Program

    Find your nearest drop-off location for many different material types at Recycle Right® Find My Nearest

     

    Recycling Stations in the City of Vincent

    The Waste and Recycling Team has positioned several easy to access Recycling Stations through the City of Vincent for residents to drop-off household batteries, fluorescent globes and CFL tube lights, mobile phones and ink cartridges. These items are hazardous and should never be put in your kerbside bins. They can be recycled but only if disposed of correctly.

    Find our recycling stations at the following locations:

    City of Vincent Library

    99 Loftus Street

    Leederville

    (no fluro tubes)
    Beatty Park Leisure Centre

    220 Vincent Street

    Leederville

    (no mobile phones)
    Hawaiian's Mezz Shopping Centre

    148 Scarborough Beach Road

    Mt Hawthorn

    (also place mobile phones and batteries in Woolworths B-Cycle Recycling Unit)

    North Perth Plaza Shopping Centre

    391 Fitzgerald Street

    North Perth

    (no mobile phones) 
    Woolworths Highgate

    80 Bulwer Street

    Highgate

    (also place mobile phones and batteries in Woolworths B-Cycle Recycling Unit)

    Battery Recycling

    B-cycle is Australia’s first nationwide battery recycling scheme, run by the Battery Stewardship Council and backed by government. It’s the safe and simple way to help build a world where no battery goes to waste.

    When you throw batteries away, they end up in landfill, where they can cause harmful fires, and leach toxic materials into waterways and ecosystems. In kerbisde recycling bins, batteries can cause fires in waste collection trucks and recycling facilities.

    Batteries contain valuable resources which can be recycled through the B-Cycle program. Components and metals are separated, melted and recycled into new products such as new batteries, street lights, car parts and steel frames for houses. 

    Bring your batteries to one of the above Recycling Stations or find a list of thousands of participating retailers here: B-Cycle Drop-off Points

    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. You can drop-off your old mobile phones and accessories for recycling at the City of Vincent Library or at any Woolworths B-Cycle Recycling Unit.

    Ink Cartridges

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

    Alternatively, ink cartridges can be placed in the City's Recycling Stations (above) or drop off to retailers participating in Cartridges 4 Planet Ark collection.

    These retailers will accept any brand of:

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

    Find a list of participating retailers here: Recycling Near You - cartridges

    All items are sent to Close the Loop in Melbourne for recycling. Ink is recycled and reused in low grade printing jobs. Clean plastics and metals are extracted and recycled into various new products. Toner powder is combined with recycled soft plastic to create TonerPlas®, an asphalt additive that helps asphalt roads last longer and require less maintenance. Left over materials and contaminated plastics are recycled into eWood® - a timber replacement product which is made up of 90 per cent recycled products and is 100 per cent Australian.

    Car Battery Recycling

    Old car batteries can be dropped off for free at REPCO stores around Australia.

    To find your nearest store, visit REPCO store-locator.

    For further information on car battery recycling, visit REPCO Know-How > Battery recycling.

    Asbestos Disposal

    Asbestos is classified by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), as a Type 1 special waste and must be disposed of only at disposal sites licensed to accept such wastes, such as Tamala Park, West Metro Recycling Centre or Red Hill Waste Management Facility.

    Disposal of asbestos must follow strict disposal conditions and inspection by an attendant prior to unloading. Please inform the attendant upon arrival that you are carrying asbestos.

    Conditions apply. Further information can be found at the links below.

    Incorrect disposal or illegal dumping of asbestos is an offence under the Controlled Waste Regulations and/or Environmental Protection Act 1986 and breaches can attract significant fines.

    Tamala Park Asbestos Disposal Information

    WMRC Asbestos Disposal Information

    Red Hill Asbestos Disposal Information

    Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

    Further Resources

    What is Household Hazardous Waste

    Household Hazardous Waste Program Facilities flyer

    Asbestos Safety for Householders and Home Renovators

    Need more information? Please contact our Waste and Recycling team on 9273 6000 or email mail@vincent.wa.gov.au