Waste initiatives

The City runs a range of waste initiatives and programs with assistance from the Mindarie Regional Council and Waste Authority WA for residents and schools to get involved in. 

3 Bin Education Program

The City of Stirling is engaging with residents to inform them on how to best use this system to ensure maximum resource recovery and reduce waste going to landfill. Part of this engagement process is to work with schools within the City. 

The City partnered with the Mindarie Regional Council in conjunction with Waste Wise Schools to deliver this important waste education program into local schools. It is proposed to visit every school in the City over the next two years. 

The exact make-up of the visit will depend on student (class) numbers and will be developed in consultation with the school and could include:

  • School assembly, with a talk on the 3 bin system
  • Workshops (preferably to Year 4/5 class groups) that may include a waste audit, talk, activities and games
  • Display to support assembly and workshops but also available for other class groups/parents/teachers to view during recess, lunchtimes and times without workshops
  • Take home material and information for parents.

This program is free and will be conducted by experienced presenters/educators. Presenters all hold Working with Children Check.

For further information, contact the Waste Education Team on (08) 9306 6303 or via email wasteed@mrc.wa.gov.au.

Waste Wise schools

The Waste Authority's Waste Wise schools program is for WA primary and secondary schools. It aims to help them with educational strategies for reducing waste while developing positive environmental values in the whole school community.

By becoming an accredited Waste Wise school you will have access to free incursions, grant funding for waste wise projects, and ongoing support.

For more information, please visit the Waste Authority WA website.

Waste education and excursions

The Mindarie Regional Council (MRC) provides:

  • Incursions and excursions for school groups of all ages
  • Information and assistance for school recycling programs
  • A school battery recycling program.

Most services are free for schools within the City of Stirling.

One of the popular MRC programs is 'nude your food’, which teaches young people how to reduce waste in their own lunchboxes.

For more information, please visit the MRC website.

Dog poo dispenser worm farm

The Dog poo dispenser is a very simple, mobile worm farm to place directly in your garden. 

Dispensers are a recycled product, made from City of Stirling wheelie bins that are  beyond repair. Dispensers (bottomless, recycled wheelie bins) are available for purchase at the Recycling Shop located at 328 Balcatta Road, Balcatta and they are available in two sizes:

  • Small (made from recycled 140L wheelie bins):  $10.00 
  • Large (made from recycled 240L wheelie bins):  $15.00. 

Dispensers are very simple to use, as follows: 

Place dispenser directly in your garden in a shaded area, i.e. next to a flower bed, by a tree or against the back fence, and push a few centimetres in to the soil. 

  1. Add worms and castings and drop in your dog's waste
  2. Add a couple of ice cream containers full of wetted and shredded paper once a week. (to provide cover for worms to attack waste efficiently)
  3. Add a litre of water to dispenser once a week to keep contents moist
  4. Worms convert waste to fertiliser, for instant take-up by plants
  5. Move dispenser and worms (contained in the first few centimetres of soil) to a new patch every 3-4 months or when dispenser becomes full.

Please note compost worms for the dispenser need to be purchased separately.

Battery Collection Program (for schools)

The City has developed a Battery Collection Program for schools. The program is designed to divert batteries collected from household waste that would usually end up in landfill, in efforts to avoid further damage to our environment.

Over 60 schools located within the City’s boundaries take part in the Battery Collection Program that is offered free of charge to all local schools. Students bring in old household batteries, and the City coordinates the collection of the batteries so that they can be recycled.

How does the Battery Collection Program work

Schools register to be a part of the program and receive a collection bin for a central area with small containers for the classrooms if required. Students can bring in old batteries from home, the City then collects, weighs and transports the batteries to the recycling centre.

Each school will have their batteries collected at least once a semester. If the battery bin requires collection before the assigned date, contact the City on (08) 9205 8555 or via email stirling@stirling.wa.gov.au.

How can my school register

If you’re school is located within the City’s boundaries and is interested in this program, please contact the City on (08) 9205 8555 or via email stirling@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Charity Clothing Drop Off Day events

In an effort to divert these items from landfill, support the less fortunate and local charities in our community, the City organizes a Charity Clothing Drop off Day event twice a year. Our generous community is given the opportunity to donate clothing, textiles, shoes, towels bedding and more to a charity.

What CAN be donated

  • Clothing
  • Textiles
  • Shoes
  • Towels
  • Bedding
  • Accessories and Jewellery
  • Books and Toys
  • Games, DVD’s and CD’s
  • Charities will accept your old, new or worn out clothes that are still in good condition.

For any items that cannot be re-sold, charities will recycle these into useful things as industrial rags and wipes.

What CANNOT be donated

  • Non textiles
  • Furniture
  • White goods
  • Hazardous waste
  • E-waste.

The above items can be dropped off at the Recycling Centre Balcatta or the Tamala Park Recycling Centre.

Charity Clothing Drop Off Day

Last April’s event saw over 23 tonnes of items collected!

Instead of waste, reuse and send these items to those who are less fortunate and beat the record at the next event. 

Events take place at the City of Stirling Administration Centre carpark from 9am to 3pm in December and April in the City of Stirling Administration Centre carpark.

Useful resources

Own Your Impact

Own Your Impact is an education campaign run by the Western Australian Government to motivate people to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Earth Carer Courses

Earth Carers is a fee training program run by the Mindarie Regional Council twice a year. It is all about learning easy and practical ways to reduce waste. The program comprises five sessions and includes demonstrations, tours, information and lots of creative learning.

Face Your Waste

Face Your Waste is a Mindarie Regional Council campaign designed to confront us with the high levels of waste and recycling we produce and throw away each week and encourage us to do better.

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July campaigns objective is to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastics and encourages people to reduce them. Choose to refuse single-use plastics this July.

Responsible Cafes

Did you know that Australians throw away one billion takeaway coffee cups every year? Almost 90 percent of the cups and lids end up littered or in landfill! The Responsible Cafes program is calling on cafés to offer a discount to customers who bring their own cup.

The Last Straw

The Last Straw is a campaign to reduce the use of the plastic straws. The campaign aims to tackle the issue from both sides- inspiring consumers to use less and encouraging businesses to give out less straws.

Treading my Own Path

Lindsay Miles is Perth’s resident and writes a plastic-free, zero waste and minimalism blog which she started after taking part in Plastic Free July in 2012. Topics comprise of plastic-free, zero waste, recipes, minimalism and simple living.

Composting and worm farms

Composting and worm farming

Worm farming is a great way to reduce your landfill by composting food scraps. Worm farming will eat most of your kitchen waste and turn it into fertiliser for you to use or give to friends and family. Worm farming is great for people with a small amount of space. They don’t smell and can be kept indoors.

The City runs worm farming and composting workshops throughout the year. Keep an eye on our events page to sign up.

If you're keen to take sustainability to the next level, why not consider getting a worm farm for your workplace!

For more information on getting a worm farm, please read our worm farm fact sheet