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.

Did you know?

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

What we can do about it


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.


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 Academy Cafe in Mount Hawthorn and avoid sending them to landfill.


Visit our waste sorting page to make sure you are sorting your waste correctly and putting the correct items into each bin.

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


Useful Resources

Own Your Impact

Own Your Impact is an education campaign by the Western Australian Government to help encourage more people to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle.

Earth Carer Courses

Earth Carers are volunteers from the community who learn ways to protect the environment through reducing, reusing and recycling waste, and who then help to spread the message to others.

Face Your Waste

Face Your Waste is a Mindarie Regional Council initiative designed to confront us with the amount of waste we produce. MRC will be trialling “see-through” rubbish bins throughout Perth to draw attention to the high levels of waste and recycling we produce and throw away each week.

Plastic-free July

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic and challenges people to do something about it. Choose to refuse single-use plastics this July.

Responsible Cafes

Australians throw away one billion takeaway coffee cups every year. Despite popular belief, the cups and lids are difficult to recycle and 90 percent end up littered or in landfill. The Responsible Café Program is calling on cafés to offer a discount to customers who bring their own cup.

Check if your favourite café is a participating Responsible Cafe.

RENOME Reusable Cup Network 

RENOME is building a network of partner cafes where you can still get the convenience of a takeaway coffee, just without the guilt of trashing the environment.

 Simply by choosing one of our reusable RENOME cups, you can still enjoy your coffee on the go. When you have finished with your cup, simply drop it off at any of our partners. It's that easy!

The Last Straw

The Last Straw is a campaign to reduce the use of the plastic straws in venues around Australia. The project aims to tackle the issue from both sides- encouraging consumers to use less plastic straws and encouraging businesses to give out less straws through staff training and information.

Treading my Own Path

Lindsay Miles lives in Perth and writes this plastic-free, zero waste and minimalism blog which she began after taking part in Plastic Free July in 2012. Topics include plastic-free, zero waste, recipes, minimalism and simple living.

What's Your Bag Plan?

The State Government’s education campaign – What’s Your Bag Plan? – has commenced to encourage WA consumers to carry their own alternative, reusable bags.