Use this page to find information on everything recycling within the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

What happens to my recycling?

Recycling is collected from kerbside recycling bins by Cleanaway's recycling trucks.

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

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

Did you know?

  • It takes approximately six plastic bottles to make 1 t-shirt
  • Recycled aluminium cans can be used in the construction of new aeroplanes, stadiums, cars and more aluminium cans
  • Cardboard is recycled into cereal boxes, paper towels, tissues and more cardboard

What is meant to go into my recycling bin?

We encourage residents to keep it simple and recycle "just the 5"

What does "contamination" mean?

Items such as nappies, food and green waste, when placed in the recycling bin contaminate the other recyclable materials. Clothing cannot be recycled through the kerbside bin. If you want to donate usable clothing, there are several donation bins and stores around Kalgoorlie-Boulder. 

Some common items placed in recycling bins that cause contamination and can ruin your recycling:

Be careful with what you put in your recycle bin, these everyday items cannot be put in your recycle bin:

Do I need to prepare my recyclables in any way?

Recyclables must be placed loosely in the recycling bin and not in bags. If recycling is in bags, they will be sent to landfill as the recycling facility will not empty bags for safety reasons. Having to send recycling to landfill costs the City more, and is reflected in annual rates. 

Please ensure you lightly rinse your recycling and remove any lids before disposing. 

What else can I recycle in Kalgoorlie-Boulder?

The Yarri Road Refuse Facility offers a variety of recycling options for out of the ordinary items. These services are free for Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents.

We offer the following recycling options:

The Yarri Road facility also accepts household batteries for recycling, however, there are several options closer to home if you aren't headed that way. These are:

πŸ”‹ Batteries N More 6 Coventry Street, Kalgoorlie
πŸ”‹ CD. Dodd 1 Coath Road, Kalgoorlie
πŸ”‹ Bunnings Warehouse 139 Boulder Road, Kalgoorlie
πŸ”‹ Woolworths 340 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie
πŸ”‹ IGA O’Connor Corner of O'Connor Street and Maguire Street, Somerville
πŸ”‹ Return-It Kalgoorlie 5 Brooks Way, West Kalgoorlie
πŸ”‹ Coles Kalgoorlie 169-173 Egan Street, Kalgoorlie

When is my recycling bin picked up?

Use our handy Find my Bin Day platform 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 is Containers for Change?

Each year, Western Australians buy more than 1.45 billion 10c drink containers. Sadly, hundreds of millions of these end up as litter or landfill. 

Containers for Change targets the beverage containers that are most commonly littered including plastic and glass bottles, drink cartons and cans. The returned 10c containers are sorted into their various material types and sent to accredited recyclers to give them new life as another drink container or other item. 

By returning your eligible 10c containers to the local Containers for Change outlet, you can help keep these containers out of landfill, give them a second life and make some money for yourself or your community group while you're at it!

The local Containers for Change outlet is:

Return-It Depot

5 Brooks Way, West Kalgoorlie

Opening Hours
Monday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Public Holidays Closed

What is Bin Tagging?

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is participating in WALGA's Bin Tagging Program from 13 February 2024 - 9 April 2024.

The purpose of this program is to encourage homeowners to conscientiously seperate materials into the designated household bins, a challenge that many Local Governments face. The program aims to empower residents to efficiently source seperate and assist the City with recycling efficiently. 

The approach of bin tagging allows the City to deliver direct feedback on the contents of both the Recycling and General Waste bins. Once checked, each bin receives a tag indicating whether its contents are appropriate, offering residents specific insights and general guidelines on permissible items.

Bin taggers will conduct a visual assessment of each bin's contents and leave a feedback card for the resident. If extreme contamination occurs, the City may refuse for the bin to be collected, until all contamination items are removed.

City Officers will be completing audits at random across all suburbs within Kalgoorlie Boulder.

I received a tag, what does it mean?

Each tag will have specific feedback and information based on the contents of your bins.

Recycling Bins

General Waste Bins