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 October 2022. Download the flyer here(PDF, 413KB)

2. Electronic waste (eWaste)

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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 3 December

Provisional 2023 eWaste Drop-off Days

  • Saturday 11 March

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.

2022 Charity Drop-off Days

  • Saturday 8 October, 9am - 3pm (or until the available trucks are full)

     

2023 Charity Drop-off Days

  • Saturday 4 February, 9am - 3pm (or until the available trucks are full)
  • Saturday 13 May, 9am - 3pm (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, 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 Adult's  Refresh 

Register for Children's Refresh 

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

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5. Pool Cover and Plastics 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

When: Check out the What's On page for the next date

Cost: Free

Registration Form

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

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 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 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.

Repair Lab Event Dates for 2022

  • 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, 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.

 

13. 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: $75

Register your interest

14. Re-Market

Attend the official opening of the Community Shed at Lake Monger and take part in the Re-market.

The Re-Markets are where you can sell your sustainable - upcycled - recycled - repurposed - second-hand wares at a fun, family-friendly event! 

Register for a free stall on market day, Saturday 23 October, and be one of around 50 stalls taking part in the day. 

We are looking for stalls that sell items that minimise waste. If your stall contains any of the following items you might be what we are looking for!

  • Handmade
  • Recycled
  • Sustainable
  • Upcycled
  • Second Hand (limited spaces available)

Date:    Saturday 23rd October

Time:    2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location:    Lake Monger Community Shed

Cost:    FREE

Register your interest

Stall Registration by Sunday October 2nd 2022. You will be advised of your selection into the program by 5pm October 7th 2022.  

 

 

15. 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! 

 

16. Other Recycling Information

Download our factsheet for quick tips here(PDF, 956KB).