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.

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/

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.

City of Vincent Modern Cloth Nappy Subsidy Information

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

Other 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.

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.