Waste Education

The more we learn about the importance of correct waste sorting and sustainability, the more impact we will have on our future actions.

 A typical household creates about 28kg of waste  each week. Only about 10kg of this is recycled, the rest is sent to landfill.

Avoid The best way is to prevent waste in the first place. Consider what you're buying - say no to plastic water bottles, plastic straws, coffee cups and plastic bags and choose reusable alternatives instead.
Reduce Only purchase what you need. Some good ideas to help: make a meal plan for the week and always check what's in the fridge, freezer and pantry before shopping. Try and stick to your list and avoid over-purchasing so your food doesn't go to waste.
Reuse and Repair                                   Rather than throwing things away, check if they can be reused, repaired or repurposed. Donate unwanted items to charities at our Charity Clothing Drop Off Day or host a garage sale. Bring your broken items to the Repair Café (every third Saturday of the month) at the North Perth Lesser Hall and avoid sending them to landfill.
Recycle Visit our waste sorting page to make sure you are sorting your waste correctly and putting the correct items into each bin.

Container Deposit Scheme WA

The state government is introducing a statewide container deposit scheme from the 1 October 2020.

What's Covered?

Consumers will be able to get a 10 cent refund on all eligible beverage containers - plastic and glass bottles, paper-board cartons, and steel and aluminium cans between 150 millilitres and three litres. Examples of eligible beverage containers include:

  • Soft drink cans and bottles
  • Bottled waters - both plastic and glass
  • Small flavoured milk drinks
  • Beer and cider cans and bottles
  • Sports drinks and spirit-based mixed drinks.

To find out more about the program and to find local collection points, visit www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/

Scouts WA Recycling 

Scouts WA Recycling has multiple Refund and Donations Depots throughout WA where you are able to drop off your eligible containers and receive your refund. Scouts WA Recycling also offers Commercial Collection Service that makes refund collection convenient for local businesses, community groups, schools and clubs. To find out more please head to their website:  


Other Drop Off Locations

There are a number of locations in close surrounding areas of The City of Vincent, in which you are able to return your eligible containers and obtain the 10-cent refund. 

  1. Container Refund Point, 257 Balcatta Road, Balcatta- full service, drive through facility, cash and electronic refunds available 
  2. Recycling Centre Balcatta, 238 Balcatta Road, Balcatta- express bag drop off, electronic refunds only

CDS Info for Businesses 

Existing businesses within the City of Vincent wanting to incorporate in-shop, over the counter or bag drop return points may be exempt from the need to obtain development approval (planning approval) in accordance with the City’s Policy 7.5.1 - Minor Nature Development. To confirm whether a specific proposal would be exempt from the need for planning approval, a Duty Planner is available to talk to at the City’s Administration Office Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm, in person or on the phone on 9273 6000.

Customers and Business’ wanting to establish larger scale container deposit scheme infrastructure including reverse vending machines and container deposit recycling centres are required to submit a planning application for the City’s assessment and consideration.

Any application for planning approval need to be assessed against the relevant provisions of the City’s Policy 7.1.1 - Built Form and the City’s Policy 7.7.1 – Non-Residential Development Parking Requirements, and need to be accompanied by the supporting information outlined in the City’s Mixed Use and Commercial Development Application Checklist.

 A building permit may be required to be sought and issued prior to the installation of container deposit scheme infrastructure. To confirm whether a specific proposal would require a building permit please contact the City’s Building Services team on 9273 6000.

Modern Cloth Nappy Subsidy Initiative 

The City of Vincent have teamed up with Switch Your Thinking and The Nappy Guru (Kam) to provide City of Vincent Residents with a subsidised Cloth Nappy Library Program. The Nappy Guru is the only local provider of a nappy library, which provides a great level of service while building a local business. See link below for more information.

Modern Cloth Nappy Subsidy

Free Waste Education Program for Primary Schools

The free program is run by the City of Vincent in partnership with Cleanaway and aims to educate students about waste minimisation and management through implementing reduce, reuse and recycle principles. The program has been designed to integrate with the curriculum, making it easy for teachers to use the sessions efficiently and as a part of the school year, rather than an additional topic to cover.

Children are recognised as great agents of change, encouraged to take what they learn from the program and utilise the principles within their school, at home and within the community. They will learn concepts and approaches for sustainable practices that should be carried forward into adult life.

The program will be available to the age groups Years 4-6 and will consist of two, one hour sessions for each class. The second session is normally one week apart and reviews, consolidates and builds on the learning experience from session one.

If your school would like to get involved, please contact our Waste & Recycling Team on 9273 6000 or email mail@vincent.wa.gov.au

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafe Perth is an initiative based in the the Western Australian suburb of North Perth that aims to minimise waste and strengthen our community.

Post-consumer waste has become a huge problem in modern society, and this partly stems from a culture of discarding broken or unused items, including clothing and electronics. We’re here to help those in our community who want to save their items from landfill and bring back a culture of repairing.

At our monthly repair sessions, visitors bring in broken items from home and repair it with the help of a volunteer expert. The concept is simple, but the outcomes are significant – for our community and planet. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the North Perth Lesser Hall. Anybody is welcome, bring along anything you would like to fix. For further information visit Repair Cafe Perth.

Useful Resources 

Own Your Impact | Waste Education Program

Plastic Free July | Take part of the Challenge

Responsible Cafes | Cafés offering a discount to customers who bring their own cup

RENOME Reusable Cup Network | use a RENOME cup then drop it off at any of our partner cafes 

HuskeeSwap | Reusable cup exchange

The Last Straw | Reduce the use of the plastic straw

Treading my Own Path | Lindsay Miles plastic-free, zero waste and minimalism blog

What's Your Bag Plan? | WA consumers are encouraged to carry their own alternative, reusable bags