Recycling programs

1. Overview

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

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; and
  • batteries

Find your nearest recycling centre

Recycling in Cambridge as of August 2021. Download the flyer here(PDF, 956KB)

2. Electronic waste (eWaste)

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 in Floreat.

Provisional 2022 eWaste Drop-off Days

  • Saturday 12 March
  • Sunday 10 July
  • Saturday 3 December

Things you can dispose of at an eWaste day:

  • TV's
  • DVD players
  • Cameras
  • Printers
  • Speakers
  • Laptops
  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Household appliances
  • Phones
  • Anything with a cord or battery 

A charity truck will 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.

 

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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

3. Household Items (including clothes & textiles)

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.

2021 Charity Drop-off Days

  • Saturday 27 February  9am-3pm.
  • Saturday 6 March, 9am-3pm.
  • Saturday 12 June, 9am-3pm.
  • Saturday 2 October, 9am-3pm.

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, DVD’s CD's
  • 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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4. 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.

The Swaps take place at the Town of Cambridge Administration Centre, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat.

Register for Adults  Refresh 

Register for Children's Refresh 

 Adult Clothing   Children's Clothing 

Sunday 21 November 11:30am - 2pm   

2022 Dates Coming Soon

Sunday 14 November 11am - 1pm   

2022 Dates Coming Soon

 

 

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5. Pool Cover recycling

The Town has joined forces with Green Machines Lab to offer a solution to divert unwanted solar pool cover material [LPDE 4 grade] from landfill waste.

This program is a finalist in the Waste Sorted Awards 2021.

Roll or fold your cover, drive in, drop off and we will do the rest.

Please do not cut your cover into smaller pieces, a large roll is preferred or folded if required for transporting.

Remove and dispose of any attachment cords or ropes as well as any eyelets prior to dropping off your cover.

Items that can be dropped off on the day:

  • Solar pool covers
  • Solar blankets
  • Bubble pool covers

Items that will not be accepted on the day:

  • Pool covers other than LPDE 4 solar pool cover
  • Spa covers
  • Thermal covers
  • Mesh pool covers
  • Fabric pool covers

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

Cost: Free

Register your interest

This form is available in an alternate format upon request. 

The Town of Cambridge is proudly the first Council in Australia to offer this initiative. 

RECYCLE AND SAVE PLUS FREE HOME PICK UP

If you are interested in purchasing a new eco-friendly pool cover and recycling your old cover, see below for a special offer for Cambridge residents.

Special Cambridge Resident Offer

The Town has partnered with WA operated business, Green Machines Lab to deliver this sustainable new initiative, the first of its kind for any council in Australia. 

Find out more about Green Machines Lab 

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6. Mattress recycling

All residents have access to free pre-booked mattress collection.

This includes mattresses and mattress ensembles bases only. No headboards, bed frames etc are collected in this program 

Mattresses are collected weekly, on a Thursday/Friday period.

Please have your mattress out on the verge the Wednesday evening before your booking as the contractor starts from 4am.

Mattresses will only be collected from a site other than the verge by special arrangement.

The average mattress consumes 0.75m³ of space in landfill and contains approximately 12.5kg of steel, 2kg of wood and 1.5 kg 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.

Book online

Once you've completed the online form, the Town will notify you of the next available collection date.

Once notification has been received, mattresses should be placed on the verge no earlier than the evening before the arranged collection date.

Bookings are subject to availability and there is no guarantee that the next Thursday will be available.

A member of our Waste Minimisation team will contact you to allocated a date and provide further instructions.

Mattresses are collected weekly, on a Thursday.  Please have your mattress out on the verge by 6am, in a clearly visible and easily accessible location.

Have a query? Call 9347 6000 or Send an Email

 

7. Repair Lab

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.

Provisional Event Dates for 2022:

  • Saturday February 19
  • Saturday May 7
  • Saturday August 20
  • Saturday November 19

Location: Town of Cambridge Administration Centre

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm (last registrations at 12.15pm)

Cost: FREE

Express your interest in attending

Would you like to volunteer at Repair Lab?

Register to be a volunteer

8. Sporting Equipment

The Town is pleased to support Fair Game by having 2 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 the Cambridge Library -99 The Boulevard Floreat.

For further information click here 

9. Stationery

Donate your leftover school stationery to WA children in need at the Town's Administration Centre, Cambridge Library and participating primary schools, thanks to Give Write. 

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

Find out more about Give Write

 

10. Aerosol Cans

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

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

Make sure cans are empty and intact.  

 

11. 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  

 

12. Coffee pods

Recycle your non-reusable coffee pods at the Town of Cambridge Administration Centre at 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat.

 

13. Workshops

Organics Recycling Workshop

Learn about Bokashi Bins, Composting, Worm Farms and much more at this dynamic Organic Recycling Workshop run by local legend Peg Davies as seen on Gardening  Australia.

 

Kintsugi workshop

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken ceramics back together with gold — 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.

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

Cost: $75

 

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

 

14. 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!