Sorting Your Waste

Learn how to correctly sort your waste.

Rubbish Bin (dark green or red lid bin)

  • Food scraps
  • Nappies, wipes and sanitary products
  • Garden organic waste
  • Pet waste and kitty litter

Recycling Bin (yellow lid)

  • Aluminium* and steel cans (clean and empty)
  • Glass bottles* and jars (clean and empty)
  • Plastic bottles and containers* (clean and empty with lids removed)
  • Cardboard (please flatten)
  • Paper and magazines (not shredded paper, paper towels or tissues)

*Note: some of these items are eligible for the WA Container Deposit Scheme. More specifics are detailed on the Container Deposit Scheme page.

For a more comprehensive guide on what to put in your bins, please see the Waste Guide.

A-Z Waste & Recycling Guide 

Top Tip - Recycling

  • Items should be loose (not in plastic bags).
  • Rinse all bottles and containers.
  • Remove plastic bottle tops, store them separately and take to a Precious Plastic collection point such as  Makit Hardware or Dunsborough Community Garden for recycling.
  • Anything smaller than the size of your palm will not be recycled.​


What happens to your recycling?

Your recyclables are taken to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and are sorted, separated, baled and transported to manufacturers who recycle them into new products. Some recyclables are exported.

Items not suitable for either bin

Not all items can go into your bins. These items should not be placed in your rubbish or recycling bin but instead be dropped off at one of the City’s waste facilities to be recycled:

  • Scrap metal (car bodies, microwaves, fridges, etc.)
  • Electronic waste (TVs, computers, keyboards, mobile phones, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Printer cartridges (Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Kyocera)
  • Fluorescent lights (tubes only)
  • Gas bottles
  • Used motor oil (containers up to 20L)
  • Paint (see below)
  • Household chemicals
  • Cooking oil 
  • Fire extinguishers

These items are free to recycle except in commercial quantities. 

The Paintback scheme supports the responsible disposal of waste paint, away from landfill. Do NOT put paint or paint tins in your kerbside bins. Drop off unwanted household paint and paint tins at one of the City’s waste facilities at NO charge.

A free drumMUSTER recycling service operates for cleaned agricultural and veterinary chemical drums (plastic and steel). Drums must be triple rinsed and brought in on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Please telephone either the Dunsborough Waste Facility (0417 179 596) or Busselton Transfer Station (0408 933 441) to arrange disposal of drums.

More detailed information on the drumMUSTER programme is available on the website. 

For disposal of large quantities of motor oil (containers larger than 20L), please contact Wren Oil on (08) 9725 4002.

Recyclables which incur a fee at the waste facilities

  • Car tyre $8.00 (without rim)
  • Larger tyres priced according to size
  • Mattress $5.00

Note that charges may apply to green, general and commercial waste including cardboard, fridges and electronic waste, if certain criteria is not met. Please refer to the Waste Disposal Charges sheet for more information.

Alternative collection points for recyclable materials

Household batteries - Busselton Library, Naturaliste Community Centre and Aldi
Mobile phones - Busselton Telephones and Telstra
Printer cartridges – Australia Post, Aldi, The Good Guys, Cartridge World, Retravision, Harvey Norman and Computer West
Fluorescent lights (tubes only) - Light Ideas and Direct Lighting
Bottle caps/plastic lids – Marlee Moon Upcycle and Vintage (Busselton), Geographe Timber & Hardware Makit (Busselton), Zen Café (Busselton), YMCA Family Day Care (Busselton), CDS Refund Points, and Vasse General Store and Dunsborough Community Garden


Related Information

Waste Facilities

Container Deposit Scheme

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