Recycling FAQ

Recycling FAQ

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder provides a fortnightly recycling collection service to residential properties through the contractor Cleanaway.

Download the Cleanaway app to find out what you can recycle in your kerbside recycling bin.

Businesses that require recycling collection should contact a commercial operator, who will charge for the service.
When is my recycling bin day?
Use our handy Find my Bin Day Link to look up your property and see what day your general waste and recycling bin will be collected. 

Collection times may vary, so place your general waste and recycling bins on your verge by 6am on collection day. 

Bins must be 80cm apart with handles facing the property. Avoid placement near trees or parked cars.

If your bin was on the verge by 6am and has not been collected on your bin day please contact the City on 9021 9600.
What can I put in my recycling bin?
Download our What Can I Recycle Information Sheet to see which items you can and can't place in your kerbside recycling bin.

Recycling tips:
  • Place items loosely in your recycling bin
  • Rinse food containers before recycling
  • Do not tie recyclables in plastic bags or place plastic bags in your recycling bin
  • Remove lids from bottles, jars and containers. The lids can also be put in the recycling bin.

Items that can't be placed in recycling bins:
  • Nappies
  • Food waste
  • Textiles or clothing
  • Plastic bags or soft plastics
  • Garden waste, timber or building materials
  • Rubber or leather items
  • Metal objects other than steel and aluminium cans
  • Crockery, pottery, porcelain or plate glass
What happens to my recycling?
Recycling is collected from kerbside recycling bins by Cleanaway's recycling truck.

It is then sorted locally at the Cleanaway Depot to remove any contamination and transported to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Perth.

In Perth, recycling is sorted into various saleable streams and sold overseas to be made into new products.

Did you know?
  • It takes approximately 6 plastic bottles to make 1 T-shirt!
  • Recycled aluminium cans can be used in the construction of new airplanes, stadiums, cars and more aluminium cans!
  • Cardboard is recycled into cereal boxes, paper towel, tissues and more cardboard!
Why should I recycle?
Recycling is very important to the natural environment as waste has a huge negative impact.

Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill, where rubbish releases harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases.

Recycling also reduces the need for processing raw materials which uses more energy and creates more pollution. 

In short recycling saves energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions!
Other Recycling
Various items cannot be recycled in kerbside recycling bins as they are classified as hazardous goods. Please see below for other recycling options.
  • Batteries 
    • Telstra - recycle household batteries in store
    • C.D. Dodd Scrap Metal Recyclers - Recycle batteries including single use, rechargeable and disposable
    • Yarri Road Refuse Facility - Recycle lead acid batteries
  • Paint
    • Toxfree - recycles wet paint through the national Paintback project
  • Fire extinguishers
    • Wormald
    • Toxfree
    • eFire & Safety
  • Gas cylinders
    • Bunnings - Swap&Go Kleenheat 9kg cylinders and recycle expired cylinders
    • Kleenheat - recycle empty Kleenheat cylinders
    • BOC - recycle empty BOC cylinders
    • ELGAS - recycle empty ELGAS cylinders
    • Minesite recycling