Recycling Programs

A number of programs are run throughout the year, making it quick and easy to recycle your pre-loved items.

Please click on the links above for more information about each of the recycling programs available.

We also have recycling stations, conveniently located at Town of Cambridge facilities, where you can drop-off: 

  • Household lights
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Printer cartridges
  • Mobile phones
  • Batteries

Find your nearest recycling centre

Batteries

WARNING!

Batteries should never be put in your recycling or waste bin. Rechargeable batteries and lithium-ion batteries are hazardous and could produce sparks that may start a fire in the trucks or recycling facility. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras. Place sticky tape around battery terminals to prevent fires.

 

Town of Cambridge Battery Collection Locations

- Administration Building (map)

- Library (map)

- Wembley Community Centre (map)

- Floreat Forum (map)

- Cambridge International Food Court (map)

 

B-cycle Battery Recycling

You can find alternative battery drop off locations using the B-cycle Drop off point search.

These may include your local Coles, Woolworths or Bunnings.

 

Mattress recycling

The average mattress consumes 0.75m³ of space in landfill and contains approximately 12.5kg of steel, 2kg of wood and 1.5kg of foam. Collected mattresses and bases are delivered to Soft Landing in Wangara, where they are deconstructed. Up to 75% of the mattress components are able to be recycled. Steel springs are recycled into products such as roof sheeting; foam into carpet underlay; husk into weed matting and mulch; timber into kindling, mulch and animal bedding; and fabric into end use products such as acoustic panelling. 

All residents have access to free pre-booked mattress collection. This includes mattresses and mattress ensemble bases only (no headboards, bed frames, etc. are collected in this program). Other waste can be collected using our Verge Valet® service.

  • Each household may book up to TWO mattresses and/or bases in one booking.
  • Mattresses are collected from Thursday - Monday, depending on the contractor's schedule.
  • This is a popular program. Bookings are subject to availability and your collection will be scheduled for the earliest available slot.
  • Once you've completed the online form, a member of our Waste Minimisation team will contact you to allocated a date and provide further instructions.
  • Once notification has been received, mattresses should be placed on the verge the evening before the arranged collection date in a clearly visible and easily accessible location. Rain will not affect a collection.
  • Mattresses will only be collected from a site other than the verge by special arrangement.

Mattress Booking

Have a query? Call (08) 9347 6000 or Send an Email

 

Electronic Waste (e-waste)

The Town of Cambridge made the top 10 e-waste recycling councils for our collection in July 2023.

Winner of Waste Innovation, Waste Sorted Awards 2022.

Declutter your house and protect our environment.

Three times annually free eWaste drop-off days are held, where you can drop off your eWaste at the Town of Cambridge Administration car park located at 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat WA 6014.

Things you can dispose of at an eWaste day:

  • Phones
  • Tablets
  • TVs
  • DVD players
  • Cameras
  • Printers
  • Speakers
  • Laptops
  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Household appliances
  • Anything with a cord or battery. 

Also accepting (please keep separate):

  • Batteries (not lithium)
  • Household globes (no cardboard)
  • Electric toothbrushes

Check the What's On Calendar for upcoming dates.

A charity truck may be at the event to accept working electrical items for donation.

Contact the Town's Waste Minimisation Officer on (08) 9347 6041 or email waste@cambridge.wa.gov.au for more information.

The Town has partnered with Total Green Recycling to support the following:

  • Hello Initiative - donation of untethered mobile phones
  • Refugee Support Program (Red Cross) - supplies refurbished laptops or tablets to refugees to help them start their new life and stay connected with family and friends overseas

Note: Apple/Google accounts need to be removed from devices otherwise it renders the hardware useless for refurbishment and reissue.

Click here for instructions on account removal

Secure Data Destruction

Total Green Recycling provides a data destruction service utilising their portable degausser to remove any magnetic record on physical hard drives. The machine sends a strong magnetic field through the device which makes the drive unreadable and unrecoverable. To finalise the data destruction process, the degausser then physically crushes the drive, providing further assurance the data is completely unrecoverable, paving the way for the final step in which the precious metals and materials can be recovered through the downstream recycling process.

Data destruction incurs a $15 charge per item. Please call Customer Service on 6347 6000 to pay $15 for each item that you would like to have the data removed from. You will need to have this payment receipt number on your form below for the data to be removed from your items.

Click here for eWaste Data Destruction Form(DOCX, 15KB)

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Year round free drop-off is available for anything with a cord or a battery, including digital media at your local recycling centre

 

Household Items (including clothes & textiles)

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The Town hosts Charity drop-off days twice a year, where you can drop-off your unwanted household items, including clothes and textiles, at the Administration Centre located at 1 Bold Park in Floreat.

2024 Charity Drop-off Days

  • Saturday, 9 March 2024 from 9.00am to 3.00pm (or until the available trucks are full)
  • Saturday, 22 June 2024 from 9.00am to 3.00pm (or until the available trucks are full)

Items must be clean and undamaged. 

Charities will also accept furniture and working electrical appliances.

Things you can dispose of at a charity drop-off day:

  • All types of clothing
  • Furniture
  • Working electrical items
  • Accessories and jewellery
  • Manchester: Towels, tableware and tea towels
  • Bedding, linen and blankets
  • Shoes, boots and slippers
  • Homewares
  • Games, Toys, DVDs CDs
  • Bags, hats, belts
  • Crockery, glassware.

Items should be presented in boxes and bags. 

Simply drive up and our friendly staff will unload your car for you. 

Please do not bring white goods, hazardous waste, or non-working electronic waste to this day.

No mattresses collected on this day. That is a separate service that can be booked here.

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Wardrobe Refresh

The Town hosts Wardrobe Refresh days seasonally four times a year, where you can bring your quality men's and women's clothing and accessories and take home new treasures.

The Town also hosts Children's Clothes Refresh days  where you can bring children's wear, maternity wear and children's items.

Register for Adult's  Refresh 

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Register for Children's Refresh 

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Check the What's On page for upcoming Wardrobe Refresh dates.

Location: Town of Cambridge Administration Centre, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat WA 6014

Cost: FREE

 

Pool Cover and Plastics Recycling

The Town of Cambridge no longer operates the Pool Cover and Plastics recycling program.

Soft plastics should be placed into your red lidded waste bin.

Remondis is working on installing soft plastic recycling capabilities in 2024.

Cleanaway has 'clear soft plastic' recycling available for businesses.

Where to take your plastics now.

Plastic pool covers can be:

There are many plastic items that you can drop off at the West Metro Recycling Centre for FREE.

There are many plastic items that you can drop off at Claw Environmental for FREE.

  • Plastic plant pots, Bang out any loose organic material and stack. They do not need to be sorted by colour. Stacking same size pots will reduce the space taken for storage. No seedling trays please.
  • Plastic meat trays, Wash thoroughly to remove any trace of meat residue.
  • Plastic bottle lids, The lids do not have to be sorted into colour or polymer. Any size lid up to 10cm can go into our blended mix.
    Lids larger than this will usually have the polymer stamped on them. We can still take these but they will go into our pure polymer streams. Please keep separate.
  • Polystyrene, Polystyrene comes in two forms, rigid and expanded. All forms of polystyrene are designated by polymer identification code CLAW Environmental currently specialises in expanded polystyrene (EPS) but has the capacity to process some forms of rigid polystyrene.
  • drumMUSTER, triple rinsed plastic drums. CLAW Environmental is a registered processor of drumMUSTER and currently the only West Australian company actively collecting and processing containers. If you are interested in drumMUSTER, check out www.drummuster.com.au or contact us for more information.

Clean plastic bottles with the 10c return information can be taken to Return It - Cash For Containers in Shenton Park.

 

Repair Lab

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Need something fixed? Come along to Cambridge Repair Lab and repair items instead of throwing them away.

Repair Lab is a community initiative to help people fix their belongings and save things going to landfill.

Skilled volunteers will help you with repairs of clothing, textiles, bikes, furniture, jewellery, electronics which run on batteries (below mains power), general household items. We'll have computer triage and advice on creating an eco-friendly home. If you're unsure, bring it down and we'll see what we can do!

Repair Lab is a free, family friendly community event for people to bring along their broken items to be fixed, with the help of our skilled volunteers.

Location: Lake Monger Community Shed, 146 Gregory Street, Wembley WA 6014

Cost: FREE

Express your interest in attending

Would you like to volunteer at Repair Lab?

Register to be a volunteer

 

Sporting Equipment

The Town is pleased to support Fair Game by having two recycle and donate bins to collect pre-loved sporting equipment. The bins are located at the Town's Administration Centre - 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat, and Cambridge Library - 99 The Boulevard, Floreat.

For further information click here 

 

Stationery

The Give Write Stationery recycling program is currently paused. Please watch this page for updates.

You can donate lightly used stationery to your local:

  • preschools
  • daycare centers
  • primary schools
  • Boy Scout or Girl Scout troops
  • school teachers (particularly elementary teachers or art teachers)
  • church nurseries
  • nursing home/senior center activities directors

We recommend calling first before taking a donation to a local organization such as those listed above. Make sure they need/want what you have to offer. 

Terracycle Australia have public drop-off points for plastic mechanical pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, pen soft packaging, empty correction fluid pots and correction fluid tape, using the BIC's Best in Class Recycling Program.

Give Write is a Wembley-based Not-for-Profit which takes donations of new or pre-loved school stationery to recycle, repackage and re-gift to kids in need in WA who are starting the school year with nothing.

No lever arch folders please.

Find out more about Give Write

 

 

Aerosol Cans

Recycle your household aerosol cans including deodorant, hairspray, cooking oil spray, insect spray, cleaning products, garage and vehicle products and bathroom sprays.

Make sure cans are empty and intact

Drop off your aerosol cans at the Town's Administration Centre - 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat, for recycling. 

You can also drop off your aerosol cans at the West Metro Recycling Centre for FREE.

 

X-Ray Recycling

The Town's X-Ray recycler, Ecocycle, has an environmentally friendly silver recovery process that helps protect our waterways and environment.

Residents can use the bins to safely dispose of their X-Rays at the following sites:

  • Cambridge Library
  • Town of Cambridge Administration Centre
  • Amcal Pharmacy Floreat Forum
  • Wembley Community Centre

Dental Care and Coffee Pods

  • Recycle your toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes at the Town of Cambridge Administration Centre at 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat.
  • Recycle your non-reusable, aluminium coffee pods at the Town of Cambridge Administration Centre at 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat. Please note that plastic coffee pods and compostable coffee pods are not accepted.

 

Workshops

For details on any of these workshops check out the What's On page.

Microgreens for the Planet (2.5 hours)

Growing your own fresh produce is an exciting as well as rewarding prospect, and this fascinating workshop will give you loads of handy information on how to get involved in urban farming.

Discover:

  • What are microgreens
  • Benefits of microgreens
  • How to grow microgreens
  • The story behind recycled microgreen growing kits

Cost: FREE

Register your interest

Wonderful World of Worms (1 hour)

Come along and learn about the amazing compost worms you can use to make beautiful soil for the garden. Worms work all day, make no noise or complaints and will even produce more helpers if conditions are right. Keeping worms is easy and fun and all they need to eat is your food scraps and scrap paper. Peg Davies, as seen on Gardening  Australia, is a local legend in the waste industry who will answer all your backyard worm questions.

Cost: FREE

Register your interest

Compost (1 hour)

Don’t need to buy soil or conditioner. The ingredients are all around us ready to be processed. Easy and cheap. Find out how to use all our organic waste. Learn how to lessen your waste with local legend Peg Davies as seen on Gardening  Australia.

Cost: FREE

Register your interest

Bokashi Bucket (1 hour)

For all the tricky things like meat, cheese and bread. Good way to process organic waste when you don’t have much space or time. Come and find out how with local legend Peg Davies as seen on Gardening  Australia.

Cost: FREE

Register your interest

Mega Organics Workshop (3 hours)

Learn practical and easy ways to compost, worm farm and use a Bokashi Bucket for all spaces from window sills to big backyards. You can set up your own worm farm and get enough fat worms to start processing your own organic waste. Come and join us to find out easy ways to make good compost and discover how to use meat, fish bones and dead cheeses in a composting system. Local legend Peg Davies as seen on Gardening  Australia will guide you through all of your organic home recycling needs.

Cost: FREE

Register your interest

Kintsugi workshop (2 hours)

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken ceramics back together artistically — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break is unique and instead of repairing an item like new, the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the "scars" as a part of the design.

Traditionally the ceramics are fused together using tree resins, in this workshop you will be using glues that have been tried and tested by our artist in residence Jaz. On the day, you will be able to examine examples of the other glues that have been trialed extensively by Jaz.

This workshop includes a gold coloured repair kit with all necessary equipment and tuition.

Cost: $80

Register your interest

Bin Fairy

Do you want to reduce your landfill or dependence on plastics?

Your Town Waste Minimisation Officer is available for face to face sessions where you can obtain advice on recycling and minimising your waste to landfill. These are flexible sessions, held in your home at your convenience, and at time to suit you.

Fill out an expression of interest form today!