City of Karratha

Recycling

Cleanaway is proud to be partnering with the City of Karratha to provide your general waste and recycling services.  With your help, we can improve the City of Karratha's waste management through recycling - working together to make a sustainable future possible.  For enquiries, contact Cleanaway on 9119 5500.

 

Cleanaway commences general waste and residential recycling services from Monday 6 February 2017.

Bin collection days:

 

Residents of Karratha, Dampier, Roebourne, Wickham, Point Samson and Cheeditha will receive a second bin for recycling from mid January 2017.

Your recycling bin will be green with a yellow lid, and the bin will be serviced every two weeks. Your recycling will be collected fortnightly on the same day as your weekly general waste collection. All current residential collection days will remain the same other than Point Samson, which will be collected on Wednesday and Roebourne & Cheeditha which will be collected on Fridays only.

If you have any questions regarding your general waste or new recycling services, contact Cleanaway on 9119 5500 or email karrathamunicipal@cleanaway.com.au.

To check the next scheduled pick up for your General and Recycling Waste bins visit cityofkarratha.cleanaway.com.au/collection-calendar

 

What will happen to your recycling:

It will be processed locally in Karratha, where we’ll remove as much contaminated waste as we can.  We will also remove glass, which will be sent to local recyclers. What’s left will then be transported to  Perth where a purpose built Material Recycling Facility will ensure the maximum amount of product can be safely recycled – reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. The amount of waste diverted from landfill relies on all of us making sure we place the right recyclable items in the recycling bin.

What you can put in your recycling bin:

  • Glass bottles and jars (rinse and remove lids)
  • Steel and aluminium cans / empty aerosols
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Milk and juice cartons (no silver-lined UHT cartons)
  • Plastic bottles and containers (remove lids)
  • Newspapers, paper and magazines

 

What you cannot put in your recycling bin:

  • No plastic bags
  • No polystyrene
  • No clingwrap / food wrappers
  • No green waste
  • No food waste
  • No medical waste
  • No nappies
  • No clothes
  • No chemicals or oils

 

Important things to remember

  • Do not overfill your bin (50kg max weight)
  • Do not place items alongside bin
  • Keep the lid closed to prevent litter
  • Wash your bin regularly to prevent odours
  • Retrieve your bin from the kerb side as soon as possible after collection to avoid bins being damaged, lost or stolen
  • On collection day ensure bins are at least 50cm apart from other bins and objects
  • On collection day place your bin with the front of the bin facing the kerb
  • Do not place bins behind parked cars

 

Additional information / resources

Download a copy of the Recycling Service brochure (3mb PDF)

 

 

Recycling FAQs

When is our recycling collected?                                 

Every fortnight on the same day as your garbage collection.                                

What colour is the recycling bin?

Green body with a yellow lid.

What can we put in our recycling bin?                         

  • Paper and cardboard                                            
  • Glass bottles and jars (lids removed)                     
  • Milk and juice cartons                                             
  • Steel and Aluminum cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers 

Can the glass bottles and lids be recycled?

Yes if it is made of hard plastic, steel or aluminium.

What can’t be recycled?                                                

Plastic bags                                                      Garden waste

Medical waste                                                     Food scraps                                                             

Polystyrene foam                                                  Cloth                                                                           

Nappies                                                            Chemicals and Oils 

 

Why do items need to go into the recycling bin loose?  Why can’t I use a plastic bag?

The machines that sort your recycling can’t do this effectively if your items are in a plastic bag.  There are also workers involved in the recycling process and if bags are filled with things other than your recycling, like food scraps, dirty items like nappies or dangerous items like toxic chemicals and syringes, it could put the worker at risk of danger and disease.

Can soft plastic/flexible plastics like cling wrap or pasta packets go into my recycling bin?

No.

Do I need to wash or rinse containers before I put them in the recycling bin?

No, you just need to empty any remaining scraps or leftover content however due to the extreme temperatures in this area we strongly recommend a quick wash.  Instead of wasting clean water why not use your left over washing-up water.

Why can I only recycle glass bottles and jars?

Other types of glass such as windows and drinking glasses are not compatible with the kerbside recycling system.  They are made from different types of glass to bottles and jars.  Glass is recycled by melting it down, and generally these types of non packaging glass are heat resistant and are harder to melt.  Some drinking glasses also contain crystal which is also hard to melt.

Do I have to remove the plastic windows from envelopes?

No, you can recycle paper envelopes without removing the window.

Where do I place my recycling bin?

Place your recycle bin alongside your general bin on the kerbside – no later than 6am.  Ensure your bins are 50 cm apart.

What happens to the recycling after it is collected?

The recyclables are transported to the Karratha Cleanaway waste facility where it is sorted and baled then transported to the Cleanaway Super Materials Recycling Facility.

 

Residential General Waste FAQ

What colour is the general household waste bin?

Green body with a green lid.

What should I do if my bin gets missed?

Call Cleanaway on 9119 5500

What should I do if my bin gets stolen or damaged?

Call Cleanaway on 9119 5500

I have just built a new house and need general and recycling household bins.  How do I organize this?

Call Cleanaway on 9119 5500

What can’t we put in our general household bin?

Lengths of steel and wood                               Car batteries

Gas bottles                                                       Flares/EPIRBS

Engine oils/fluids                                               Hot ashes

Lawn clippings (unless bagged)                       Engine parts

Steel cable                                                       Explosives/Ammunitions

Paints and chemicals

Garden hose and rope (unless cut into half metre lengths)

Can I leave loose bags of rubbish next to my bin?

No

What do I do if I fill my bin and have more rubbish?

You must not over fill a bin.  The maximum weight is 50kg and the lid should be closed.  Additional waste can be taken to either the 7 Mile Waste Facility or Wickham Transfer Station and is free of charge for waste coming from a residential property.

An additional bin can be supplied however charges do apply – call Cleanaway on 9119 5500