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. 

  • 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 238 Balcatta Road, Balcatta and they are available in small and large.

    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.

    Composting and worm farms

    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.

  • Bin tagging program has been postponed.

    New date has not yet been confirmed however this page will be updated once more information is known.

    The bin tagging program is a direct, household-by-household educational program aiming to improve the recycling habits of residents and reduce contamination in their general waste and recycling bins. 

    The program involves a simple visual assessment of the contents of each household’s general waste and recycling bins, followed by individual feedback about how each household can ensure their recycling and general waste bins are as healthy as can be.

    The feedback will be provided in the form of tags attached to the bins, explaining whether or not the bins have the correct items in them.

    Who will be taking part?

    We’ll be selecting households at random across the City of Stirling to take part and auditing the content of recycling, green waste and general waste bins presented for collection.

    Why is the City tagging bins?

    Recycling rules in WA have changed, and it’s important to know what can and cannot be placed in your bins. While most of us have the best intentions with our waste and recycling, unfortunately many of us are putting the wrong things in our bins.

    The aim of the project is to reduce the waste we send to landfill and improve recycling rates in the City of Stirling through education. Through tailored feedback on the contents of your bin, you’ll learn whether you’re on the right track, or how you can improve. 

    According to WALGA, in South Australia, the use of bin tagging has reduced contamination in bins by up to 60% and increased the amount of recycling by 25%. We are striving to achieve this in the City of Stirling.

    What information do you record?

    Our auditing team will record any contaminants in your bin that are visible from a visual assessment. The auditors simply lift the lid and observe the items in your bin that they can see from lifting the lid.

    What will be done with the information?

    We’ll be analysing what the main contaminants are in peoples bins, in order to determine how we can improve our waste education. We will also be analysing whether the auditing program results in any household-by-household improvements over the six-week period.

    Who has access to the information?

    City of Stirling staff members.

    My bin was tagged, but I didn't know I was doing anything wrong - what does this mean?

    We recognise that some of the recycling rules have changed, and it can be difficult to keep up to date with what’s acceptable to recycle, and what’s not.

    That’s why we’re undertaking the bin tagging program. You’ll receive specific feedback on how to get it right next time.

    What can contaminate my recycling bin?

    There are certain things that should and shouldn’t be placed in your recycling bin. The things that shouldn’t are considered contaminants.

    When the wrong thing is placed in your recycling bin, the remaining recyclable items become contaminated and end up in landfill. In fact, one contaminated bin can contaminate an entire truckload of recyclable material.

    The most common bin contaminants include:

    • Recyclables in bags Recyclable items must be placed loosely in the recycling bin, and not in a bin bag. Our recycling facility does not open or empty bags for safety reasons, which means that any bagged recyclable material ends up in landfill
    • Dirty containers Please rinse your containers first before placing them into your recycling bin. Recyclable materials can sit around waiting to be recycled for months on end, so we need to ensure that recyclables are as clean as possible, without any food waste. Otherwise, they can contaminate a whole bundle of recycled waste
    • Lids Keeping lids on containers, bottles or jars can affect the recycling process and cause contamination, so we ask you to please remove any lids from recyclable items before placing them in the bin
    • Nappies, food and green waste These items don’t belong in the recycling bin as they will contaminate the other clean recyclable materials. Your entire bin of recyclables can end up in landfill as a result
    • Flexible/scrunchable plastics This includes plastic bags. These get mixed up with paper and cardboard recyclables at the recycling facility and mean that our recycling is not as clean as it could be. Instead, return these items to the REDcycle bin at your nearest participating supermarket
    • Electronic items such as TV’s and computers Most of these items are recyclable, but not through your kerbside recycling bin. They should be taken to the Recycling Centre Balcatta or this service can be booked as part of our on demand services
    • Household hazardous items such as batteries and globes These items are recyclable, but not through the recycling bin.  Take your household batteries and globes to your nearest City of Stirling Library, our Administration Building, or the Recycling Centre in Balcatta.

    I don't want the City to look in my bin, what can I do?

    We are undertaking this program to improve the way our residents recycle. Our auditors are conducting a simple visual check by lifting the lid of your bin and will not be going through the contents.

    If you would like to be removed from this audit please contact the Waste Education Officer from the City of Stirling to discuss your concerns.

    How are the areas selected for the program?

    Not all households in Stirling will be audited. They will be selcted at random accross a range of areas within the City.

    How is the program funded?

    This project is funded by the State government and administered by the Waste Authority.

  • 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.

    Water 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.

    3 Bin Education

    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.

    Battery Collection 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.

    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.

    If your school is located within the City’s boundaries and is interested in this program, please contact the City on (08) 9205 8555.

Additional 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.

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.