Watch Your Waste

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Welcome to Watch your Waste, the City’s community engagement platform page for all things related to waste and recycling!

Let’s face it, we produce a lot of waste. Every week or fortnight we fill our wheelie bins and roll them out to the kerb to be emptied. But we all know that waste doesn’t just “go away”. It has to be dealt with and there are many processes involved in dealing with waste which is typically something most people don’t discuss or know much about. So we want to get the conversation started, we want to know your thoughts, ideas, and feedback on waste issues so we can all be better informed about waste in our community.

Check the News Feed section below for any changes or news worthy items in waste. Look to the "Tell us your ideas" tab to share your ideas on waste initiatives you would like to see supported within the City of Busselton. Or refer to the Q & A section to ask us a question you have about waste or recycling.

Welcome to Watch your Waste, the City’s community engagement platform page for all things related to waste and recycling!

Let’s face it, we produce a lot of waste. Every week or fortnight we fill our wheelie bins and roll them out to the kerb to be emptied. But we all know that waste doesn’t just “go away”. It has to be dealt with and there are many processes involved in dealing with waste which is typically something most people don’t discuss or know much about. So we want to get the conversation started, we want to know your thoughts, ideas, and feedback on waste issues so we can all be better informed about waste in our community.

Check the News Feed section below for any changes or news worthy items in waste. Look to the "Tell us your ideas" tab to share your ideas on waste initiatives you would like to see supported within the City of Busselton. Or refer to the Q & A section to ask us a question you have about waste or recycling.

Do you have any questions about the City's waste and recycling programs or facilities? Or any general waste questions? 

Please feel free to ask any questions and we'll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible! 

Q&A

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    Hi there, I have been trying to contact the Dunsborough transfer station/tip but can't seem to get through... we live in Wilyabrup so need to take all our rubbish to the tip ourselves... I am a keen recycler but my husband does the tip run... he is confused about the state of play at the tip. Can you please clarify: 1. Do all recyclables (plastics, glass, cardboard & paper, tins) need to be separated or can they all go in together? 2. Which plastics are recycled? (numbers) Also are there any plans to provide a rubbish service for us in the future? Thank you.

    Betho asked 3 months ago

    Hi, 

    Thanks for your question. Here are the answers below:

    1. All recyclables go in one bin together aside from cardboard, which is separated at the Dunsborough Waste Facility.
    2. Plastics 1 (PET), 2 (HDPE) and 5 (PP) are currently accepted. This includes pretty much all hard plastic containers – no soft plastics or polystyrene please.
    3. There are no plans to expand the City’s waste collection area at this time.


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    Hello, I hope I am in the correct category, as my question pertains to the Busselton Tip I think I am. I was at the tip recently with a friend and could not help but notice the enormous amount of security cameras around the perimeter. (Enough to get even a conservative conspiracy theorist going). I cannot possibly think of any reason for this apparent overkill. Ironically enough, all the security is a little unnerving. Could you kindly explain why exactly your Tip requires such an armour of security. Many thanks.

    Gabby asked 8 months ago

    Hello Gabby,

    The security cameras were installed in 2016 when the transfer station was rebuilt.  The cameras perform a number of useful functions. They enable our staff to identify patrons who are disposing of material in incorrect locations (ie dumping rubbish in the green waste), and they also allow our staff to watch unsafe behaviours which are being conducted by patrons. 

    The cameras also watch the site after hours. Prior to the installation of the cameras, the site was repeatedly broken into.  The number of break-ins is now a small fraction of what it used to be. 

    Footage taken on the cameras is retained for several weeks before it is “taped over”.  We do not retain the footage for any purpose, other than to pursue infringement notices against patrons who are breaking the 2016 Waste Local Laws.

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    Hello, the COB has said in the past (and I even recall a pamphlet in my mail box) saying that all plastics 1-7 can be disposed of in our yellow top bin. I remember this day very clearly because I was overjoyed that we could now put soft plastics in our bin. In your response to Diva below this is confirmed as you say: "Whilst it is acceptable to dispose of plastics 3, 4, 6 & 7 in your yellow lidded bin" However if you go onto the COB website under waste this is what it says: 5."Scrunchable" plastics should be disposed of in the Redcycle bin at Coles. See their comprehensive list for more details https://www.redcycle.net.au I'm an environmental scientist and even I am confused so I can't imagine what the general public feel... The COB needs to either say YES "scrunchable/soft/plastics" can be put in yellow top bin or No they need to be taken to coles. Not - yes it is acceptable but you should take them to Coles... that is crazy. Again, under the A-Z list on the COB website it says: "Plastic wrappers and packaging" to go into Rubbish Bin - Green Top This not only contradicts what you have said in your response to Diva below i.e. that these plastics will be accepted in the yellow top bin, but it contradicts the pamphlet which was sent out to residents a couple of years ago which said that the council was accepting all plastics.... I'm super frustrated with the management of recycling in this council and the lack of education which is provided. I really think it needs more attention. The website needs to be updated and a pamphlet reminder sent out to residents as well as a sticker for their bin to tell them what they can and cannot put in the bin. And reminders need to be sent out to people and when there are changes too. I really hope to see some improvement in this area soon. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response

    Angela Filardi asked 6 months ago

    Hello Angela, thank you for your questions. In response to your question regarding “scrunchable” soft plastics, they are no longer accepted in the yellow lidded recycling bins and should be disposed of in the Redcycle Bin at Coles for recycling. You are correct that they were once recyclable in the yellow lidded bins and the response in a previous post is indicative of that. Unfortunately as the recycling industry and market change, so too must the acceptable items. These are determined by the State Government and the recycling contractors – not by the City of Busselton. 


    The City acknowledges your frustration in regards to not being informed of these changes. We encourage you to follow the City of Busselton on Facebook or to see the council page of the local newspaper for updates on waste and recycling. If you have any further questions, please contact the City’s Recycling Education Officer at 9781 0317. 

    Please let us know if you have any more questions or if anything needs to be clarified.

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    Will Dunsborough and Quindalup be included in the FOGO roll-out, if it goes ahead? I am ecstatic that the trial went so well and can't wait to be included in this wonderful project!

    Helen Duff asked 12 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad to hear residents in Quindalup and Dunsborough being supportive the FOGO trial project. Assuming the Council endorses the district-wide rollout of FOGO collection, it is envisaged that all residential properties within the district currently receiving a waste collection service will be entitled to be part of the program if and when it goes ahead.


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    Hi I’ve heard through the grapevine that the City of Busseltons recycling is not being recycled and is going to landfill (all or a portion of). Even if this is untrue I find this alarming that the residents of Dunsborough have no faith in the recycling program being undertaken by the council and I think the Council needs to be clearer and provide a lot more education around recycling and where it is going. I applauded the council when they started to accept soft plastics however now having read your previous answer to “Diva” below about not knowing who or where Cleanaway is sending these plastics to, makes me sceptical. Basically the City is just trusting that Cleanaway is doing what it says it’s doing. But no one really knows or can prove that it is definitely being recycled as they don’t know where it is going ??? And the fact that you have also said that the council encourages people to use Redcycle for soft plastics to reduce double handling makes me Even more sceptical. I want to believe that our recycling is being recycled and I think an education program is required. The council should know where our recyclables are going to from one point to another and then the end point and and this information needs to be shared with residents so that they have confidence that it’s not going to landfill. Thankyou and I look forward to your response. Angela

    Angela Filardi asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Angela,

    Thank you for your questions and feedback.

    The City has reaffirmed that recyclable material collected within the City of Busselton is actually recycled and not landfilled. Like other organisations that utilise the same recycling contractor, all the collected recyclable material is audited regularly at the Contractor’s Picton Depot before being sent to South Guildford for processing. As this is commercially sensitive information between the contractor and who the reprocessors are, the exact location(s) of the recycling is unknown at any specific time.

    We trust the above-mentioned information satisfies your queries about the City of Busselton’s recycling material.

    Thank you

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    Hi there. As a COB resident I'm a little confused about the recycling of plastics. I'm aware that COB contracts Clean away for recycling which collects from roadside /business sends to Picton depot which then sends to Guilford for sorting. According to clean a way they recycle plastics 1,2 and 5 but COB advertises everywhere to place all plastics 1-7 in our recycle bins. How does this work??? Cleanaway website states some councils may recycle 3,4,6 7 but how is this possible if all plastics end up at Perth. Thank you for the clarification Diva

    Diva asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Diva,

    Cleanaway are the City’s Recycling Contractor and as their Cleanaway Plastic Fact Sheet states, are one of the Councils that stipulate the acceptance of Plastics 3, 4, 6 & 7 in the comingled Recycling bins. The City is unable to comment on who or where Cleanaway’s markets are, though they are contractually bound to not landfill any recyclable material. Whilst it is acceptable to dispose of plastics 3, 4, 6 & 7 in your yellow lidded bin, we encourage residents to utilise the REDcycle option for soft plastics in particular, as it offers significant environmental benefits by closing the loop and cutting out double handling.


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    Hi, I watched the 60 minty test episode on where our recycled waste is going and I was mortified and disgusted to learn that we are sending our recyclables over to Asia and that it’s becoming their waste problem now as is not being managed and just being dumped and left as landfill! From being an avid recycling of everything I could doer, I have now stopped recycling throwing all into the green bin and opting for the yellow bin to be used for my green waste instead where I take then to our waste transfer station where I know will be put to good use. So much for us doing a great job in recycling when the truth of the matter we just dump it all in another country.........Disgusting!!

    Michaela asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Michaela,

    The majority of our recyclable materials are currently being sent overseas due to the fact that there is only a small market for recyclable materials in Australia as manufacturing is limited. We can assure you that our recycling contractor Cleanaway are committed to insure that the recyclable materials leaving the City of Busselton are sent to qualified recycling processors overseas and are not “dumped and left as landfill”. We would encourage you to continue to use your yellow-lidded recycling bin as intended in order to keep valuable resources from going to landfill.

    Moreover, recycling continues to be everyone’s obligation under the existing Local Law

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    1. Why have you closed the recycled section at the dunsborough tip site please 2. What charity organisations have been given permission to collect recycled items form dunsborough and busselton tip sites 3. When and where will these charities be selling such items 4. What company has won the contract to run the upcoming shop at busselton tip site pls

    Woo asked over 1 year ago

    1. Why have you closed the recycled section at the dunsborough tip site please

    The recycling areas at both waste facilities are operating fully at both of the City’s waste sites. Customers can bring in for recycling items like cardboard, household batteries, car batteries, commingled packaging waste, electronic waste, old TV’s and computers, mattresses, chemical drums, old fridges, scrap metal and green waste . The City recycles over 4,000 tonnes of this waste each year and will continue to do so. This is a significant recycling and resource recovery activity that the City actively promotes.

    Historically, the City has also operated informal tip shops selling re-usable items at both sites. Reusable items in good condition, as assessed by staff, were removed from the incoming domestic waste delivered at the sites. While a small proportion of these materials was sold to customers, due to their very nature and quantity, most of the materials were disposed as waste after a few weeks without being sold. The impact of sales of re-usable items, in terms of waste diversion from landfill, is historically practically insignificant, although it provides an opportunity for community engagement.

    According to the City’s assessment, the tip shops historically operated at the City’s waste sites did not have the appropriate conditions to professionally display and sell re-usable items and to provide a safe and appropriate experience to customers.

    2. What charity organisations have been given permission to collect recycled items form dunsborough and busselton tip sites

    The City’s plans do include implementing a more professional tip shop operation within an appropriate facility and in partnership with a suitably qualified charity or social enterprise. Until we set the sites up properly, the City is making incoming items sorted from the waste stream available to local charities to sell.

    To that end, the City has been liaising with the both Lions Clubs (Busselton and Dunsborough, respectively), which are authorised to take any items with potential re-use value and send those at their op-shops.

    3. When and where will these charities be selling such items

    The Busselton Waste Transfer and Recycling Centre is currently undergoing the necessary environmental assessments to support the licensing requirements for a shed to host the tip shop on site. The City has gone out to an Expression of Interest process a few months ago, having received submissions from 2 charity/social enterprise organisations, none of them locally operated. Due to the lack of local interest, the City has decided that the next best thing would be to engage with one of those two interested parties – in this case, Resource Recovery Australia. The tip shop is expected to be in operation until the end of the year.

    For the Dunsborough Waste Facility, the concept planning stage for installation of the tip shop is currently being finalised, and the shop shed is expected to be delivered within the next 6 months.

    In the meantime, please contact both Dunsborough and Busselton Lions Clubs for their respective operating hours and locations.

    4. What company has won the contract to run the upcoming shop at busselton tip site pls

    Resource Recovery Australia was one of two companies that expressed interest through the procurement process – neither company was locally based.  Resource Recover Australia It is a national social enterprise providing re-use, repair and recycling services and operating re-use shops, in partnership with local councils and the community. As part of its commitment to social enterprise, Resource Recover Australia employ socially and economically disadvantaged peoples.


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    Are the orange plastic mesh bags (that onions come in) recyclable in our yellow top bins?

    sallymay asked over 1 year ago

    The plastic mesh bags used for packaging produce are typically made from polypropylene (PP) which is recyclable through the City’s contractor via your yellow top bin.


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    Would it be feasible to have a green waste bin collection such as in many other councils. Garden waste currently ends up in landfill via the general waste bin and this seems a shame as it could be turned into a valuable compost resource.

    Helen Duff asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your suggestion, the City is currently looking into trialling an organics bin and collection service to residents in a small area within the district in the near future in order to better understand feasibility of rolling out the third bin to the rest of the community.