Managing waste wisely

How to Reuse and Recycle Unwanted Items

Give your unwanted quality items a second life by gifting, swapping, selling or repairing them.

How to repair:

Take your treasured item to your local Repair Lab / Repair Cafe and skilled volunteers can help you repair it and keep it in circulation.

How to rehome:

Local charities and op shops:

Charity Contact Details
Anglicare (08) 6253 3535 – enquiries / book a home collection. Op Shop Store locations
Australian Red Cross 1800 733 276 (1800 RED CROSS)  Red Cross locations
Good Sammy 1300 GOOD SAMMY (1300 466 372) or book online home collection.
Friends with Dignity Perth Online contactVisit us on Facebook
Paraquad Industries T: 9381 0108; E: pqiopshop.shenton@alinea.org.au; online info
People Who Care Re-housing families escaping domestic crises and desperately need quality bedding. Direct Donations Line M:0403 367 767
Salvos Stores  13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or visit Salvos Stores
Save the Children 9267 3900; scawainfo@savethechildren.org.au  Store Locations
Vinnies 13 18 12;  Store locations

How to recycle (just not in your yellow-lidded bin):

The items listed below can be recycled – just not in your yellow-lidded recycling bin.

Find out more here:

Bathroom / personal care items

Own a cream, lotion, potion, soap or shampoo you don’t like or have cosmetic empties? Here are some ways to reuse and recycle unwanted bathroom items:

Reuse:

  • Unused, barely used cosmetics, soaps, lotions, perfumes – post on your local Buy Nothing Group for someone else to try.

Recycle:

the West Metro Recycling Centre now accepts oral care products including toothbrushes, manual or electric, and floss containers

Books & Stationery

Books, art and stationery supplies can’t be recycled in your yellow-lidded bin. But they can be reused in many ways.

Art & Educational Supplies

  • Buy Nothing Facebook Groups
  • REmida take all types of materials for reuse in school and community art projects, including CDs. Contact them to find out what projects they are working on and if your items will be suitable.admin@remidawa.com.
  • Give Write collects and packages leftover, near new school stationery for disadvantaged children. Click here for accepted items. No lever arch files please.
  • Local community groups, daycare centres, nursing homes for leftover stationery items.

Books:

Magazines:

  • Buy Nothing Facebook Groups
  • Waiting rooms – professional centres, businesses, nursing homes
  • Preschools and daycares
  • Craft projects – including gift wrap, decoupage, papercraft

Used Pens & Markers:

  • Officeworks – recycle used pens and markers, no wooden writing equipment.
Bricks, tiles, pavers and more

Renovating? Try these options before disposing of your construction and demolition waste

Reuse options:

  • WA Brick Match has a recycling program to collect and reuse second-hand bricks, pavers and roof tiles. Minimum quantities and conditions apply. Click for more info. 
  • Buy Nothing, Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree – post pictures of your unwanted building materials online and sell or give away your unwanted construction items.

Recycle options:

West Metro Recycling Centre – from $66 p/tonne, you can recycle your old asphalt, bricks, concrete, pavers, tiles, rubble and sand. Click here for details.

C&D Waste Recycling
Coffee Cups – disposable

Taking a reusable coffee cup for your takeaway coffee is the best way to divert coffee cups from landfill.

Visit Plastic Free July for more great ways you can choose to refuse.

711 Store accepts disposal coffee cups, plastic lids, straws and slurpy cups in their #CupRescue recycling units.  All brands.  Cups are recycled into outdoor furniture, garden beds, reusable coffee cups and roads.

Clothing & Textiles

Keeping clothing in the circular economy is great for your pocket, the community and the planet.

Repair:

Love it but can’t sew? Take your treasured garment to your local Repair Lab / Repair Cafe and skilled volunteers can help. Or, take torn clothes to your local alterations store for repair.

Reuse:

High-end fashion (local)

Everyday clothing in good condition

  • Donate to your local charity or op shop.
  • Buy Nothing – join your local Buy Nothing Group on Facebook, post images of your clothing, and in the time it takes to scroll your feed, someone will be interested in your clothing.
  • Wardrobe Refresh – declutter and update your wardrobe without spending a cent. Simply bring along what you don’t wear and take what you will. To help you make the  most of your wardrobe, WMRC Waste Watchers and Town of Cambridge hold seasonal Adult & Kids Wardrobe Refresh Days.  Subscribe to socials to find out when the next Wardrobe Refresh is on.
  • Footy boots, sneakers and track shoes – Youth charity FairGame would love your gently worn footy boots. You can drop them off in our FairGame collection bin the next time you visit the West Metro Recycling Centre.
  • West Metro Recycling Centre – has Good Sammy and Paraquad Industries charity bins onsite for your quality, clean, untorn clothing, shoes and bric-a-brac.

Recycle:

Clothing and textiles

  • H&M – Beyond repair? Drop your bag of unwanted clothing in the recycling box at your local store. All textiles are welcome – any brand, any condition – even odd socks, worn-out T-shirts and old sheets. The textiles are then sent to the nearest recycling plant, where they’re sorted by hand. For every bag of textiles you drop off, you’ll receive a discount card for 15% off your next in-store purchase.
  • Sheridan Recycling Program – accepting any brand. Recycling collection point located in all stores.
  • Upparel – collecting worn out shoes, clothing and bed linen (no unwashed items, underwear, carpet, duvets /doonas, pillows/cushions, handbags, soft toys or wire bras).  For $25, you can fill a box containing 10kg of clothing and have it collected from your home. Find out more.

Shoes

  • Sports stores like rebel sport collects old unusable sports shoes for TreadLightly an Australian-based company that recycles the extracted rubber, leather and fibres into new products like gym mats, floors and playgrounds.
  • Upparel – collects worn out shoes, as well as clothing and bed linen (no unwashed items, underwear, carpet, duvets /doonas, pillows/cushions, handbags, soft toys or wire bras).  For $25, you can fill a box containing 10kg of clothing and have it collected from your home. Find out more.
Electronic items, appliances & cords

If it still works, you can find a home for unwanted electronic items:

Repair:

  • Local electrician
  • Repair Cafe or Repair Lab

Reuse:

  • Buy Nothing
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Gumtree – free list it if you want to give it away
  • Tools ‘n’ Things Library -add your electronic items to an inventory for people to borrow.
  • Hello Initiative – For unused mobile phones. Find out more.
  • Charities – LOVE kettles, heaters, fans, radios, electric frypans, toasters and extension cords – items they can re-sell or give to families experiencing hardship. Just make sure they are clean, in good working order and have bi-coloured pins. Click here to find a charity near you.

plugs on electrical goods need to be b-coloured to be accepted by charities.

Recycle:

Broken / beyond repair? Electronic appliances, computers, TVs and associated cords and cables, including gaming devices and mobile phones, can be taken to the West Metro Recycling Centre. Free drop off for Member and Participating Council residents and a $25 entry fee for non-Member council residents.

Furniture & Mattresses

Would you like to give your pre-loved item a second life?

If it’s clean, unbroken and in good condition, try:

Mattresses and ensemble bases can be recycled at the West Metro Recycling Centre from $40 p/mattress. Click here for full list of fees and charges. Alternatively, book a collection from mattress recycler Soft Landing  (prices start at $55) or check if it can be collected with your Verge Valet bulk waste collection.

Garden / Shed Items

Decluttering the shed?

While these items cannot go in any of your kerbside bins, many can be safely disposed of or recycled at the West Metro Recycling Centre:

 

Recycling options for these items:

  • Pool blankets – Town of Cambridge holds special collection days for pool blankets and some hard plastics. Click here for next drop off day. All welcome.
  • Potting mix bags / compost bags (plastic, EMPTY) – take to REDcycle, located outside Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. Plastic bags must be rinsed and dry and no larger than A3 in size.
  • Tools and camping equipment – Contact Tools n Things Library.  Browse the inventory to see what’s collected for loan.
Kids Items

Did you know that the West Metro Recycling Centre accepts the following kids’ items for recycling? Free drop off for Member Councils & Participating Councils:

Not good enough for reuse? These items can be recycled at special drop off points:

Kitchen Items

Not suitable for donation?

  • Bread Tags – Drop off at Urban Revolution for Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs.
  • Food scraps – Your FOGO bin (if you have one). If not, try your compost bin / worm farm; or contact your local community garden, eg Earthwise in Subiaco or St Lukes in Mosman Park.
  • Dish and air care waste –  take to Urban Revolution. Accepting dishwashing or air freshening products including bottles, aerosols, spray bottles, dishwasher tablet packaging, air fresheners & refills
  • Soft plasticsREDcycle  will take your filmy food packaging, plastic bags, cling wrap, plastic reusable bags, pet food bags, squeezy yoghurt pouches and more. Collection bins located outside Coles & Woolworths stores.

Member and participating council residents can drop these items off for free at the West Metro Recycling Centre for specialist recycling:

Refrigerated items (eg air conditioners, fridges or freezers) are also accepted at the West Metro Recycling Centre. De-gassing fee from $15.

Manchester, including sheets & towels

Avoid throwing textiles in your bin and reuse or recycle instead.

Try:

  • Cutting sheets / towels into cleaning rags.
  • Donating old sheets and towels to the local Cat Haven and Dog Refuge in Shenton Park. Or try Animal Aid. No doonas, cushions or pillows please.
  • H&M – Drop your bag of unwanted clothing in the recycling box at your local store. All textiles are welcome – any brand, any condition. Find out more about their recycling process here and get 15% off your next in-store purchase for every bag of recycling you drop in-store.
  • Sheridan Recycling Program – accepting any brand. Recycling collection point located in all stores.
  • Upparel – collecting worn out shoes, clothing and bed linen (no unwashed items, underwear, carpet, duvets /doonas, pillows/cushions, handbags, soft toys or wire bras).  For $25, you can fill a box containing 10kg of clothing and have it collected from your home.
Packing Materials

Have you tried to reuse your packing material like this:

Bubble wrap – reuse it to wrap delicates for postage or interlay between fragile items before stacking. Otherwise, REDcycle accepts bubble wrap that’s A3 in size. Take to your local collection point outside Coles or Woolworths

Cardboard – Before collapsing large cardboard boxes for recycling, offer them to your local Buy Nothing Community. Chances are, someone’s moving and could use them. Otherwise, Member and Participating Council residents can take their excess cardboard to the West Metro Recycling Centre for free.

Polystyrene – bought a new TV or computer? Keep bulk polystyrene out of general waste and take it to the West Metro Recycling Centre for recycling into new products. Free drop off for Member and Participating Council residents.

Shredded paper – no, you can’t put shredded paper in your recycling bin, BUT you can:

  • add it to your compost or worm farm
  • donate it to community gardens for their worm farms or compost bins
  • use it as animal bedding for small pets, eg hamsters, guinea pigs or chickens
  • line gift hampers
  • use in place of bubble wrap to protect delicate items when moving
  • MYO recycled paper
  • create paper mache projects
  • make weed mats
  • make firebricks
  • place around seedlings as protective mulch
  • use it for quilling
  • place in the bottom of your kitchen caddy to absorb odours and liquids.