Managing waste wisely

Member & Participating Councils

The Western Metropolitan Regional Council manages waste wisely for:

It also provides some services for the Town of Cambridge.

Together, our member councils have a combined population of 47,000 in 23,000 residents. This shared services model of waste management is cost effective for smaller councils, saving residents and rate payers money.

What’s in it for residents and ratepayers?

  • Free entry to the West Metro Recycling Centre, open 7 days a week. Just bring your proof of residence and we will show you what’s for free and what’s for a fee!
  • Free mulch – WMRC is closing the loop on greenwaste recycling and offering free mulch to its residents
  • Free drop off of a range of items not recycled through kerbside collection, including polystyrene, cooking oil, plant pots, x-rays, clothing and more.
  • Centralised Household Hazardous Waste drop-off location – for items that cannot be disposed of in any kerbside bin, including batteries, paint, aerosols, electronic waste, pesticides, pool chemicals, smoke detectors and more.
  • Home of the innovative Verge Valet® system – a simple booked online bulk verge waste collection service keeping verges tidy. Visit Verge Valet® to see if your council has opted in to this service.
  • Recycling Hotline service – no bots! A dedicated helpline answered by a real person to assist residents with their waste, recycling and Verge Valet queries.
  • Competitive and discounted rates for bulky waste management, including greenwaste, bulk waste and C&D waste.
  • Centralised location, making managing waste wisely easier for western suburbs residents.
  • Opportunity to support local not-for-profit organisations like Dismantle, Paraquad Industries, FairGame and GiveWrite by dropping off your old bike, CDS containers, sports equipment and writing equipment. Read more about our reuse options here.
  • Access to a variety of community waste wise programs that help residents reduce and managing household waste wisely – including community Waste Watchers Workshops, free Facility Tours, free school programs, free community loan items, free recycling hubs, a Volunteer Program, factsheets, online modules and more.

What’s in it for Member Councils?

Expertise, advocacy, strategic support and cost-effectiveness!

  • An authoritative and respected waste management voice in State Government consultations, advocating for the needs of its member councils.
  • Advice and assistance in writing and submitting waste plans that meet DWER’s approval.
  • Home of innovative Verge Valet™ system – cost-effective online booked bulk verge waste collection service.
  • A Waste to Energy plan to recover energy from residual waste from 2022.
  • COVID-safe response to waste management at all times- WMRC’s rapid response enables safe work practices for employees and minimal disruption to waste services
  • Timely communication of issues and changes in the waste arena – WMRC’s representation on several key waste steering groups on behalf of its member councils puts WMRC at the forefront of changes in waste. Member councils and residents benefit from WMRC’s membership and active involvement in groups like WALGA, WMRR, WENG (Waste Educators Networking Group), CCC (Consistent Communications Collective), among others. Knowing what’s on in waste first and responding accordingly helps everyone manage their waste wisely sooner. Read our latest fortnightly Bulletin.
  • Exclusive Facility tours for Member Council Executive Team – waste contextualized = greater understanding of the depth and breadth of waste issues.
  • Easy and convenient access to hazardous waste drop off and specialist recycling services to help residents reduce kerbside waste collection and bin contamination.
  • A variety of targeted community waste programs, including waste education workshops and tours, bin tagging, recycling hotline and volunteer opportunities to help residents reduce and manage their waste wisely.
  • Plastic Free July Council Membership – access to Plastic Free July assets to help your residents reduce single use plastics.
  • Recycle Right Membership – access to assets that help your residents put their waste in the right place.

Managing waste wisely matters!

Working together makes managing waste wisely more cost-effective too.

Member and Participating Councils for the WMRC