City of Karratha

Recycling Bin Service

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.


Your kerbside recycling bin will be collected every fortnight on the same day as your regular garbage collection.

If your bin has been missed, please contact Cleanaway on 9119 5500.

Check the online calendar or see below for your collection days:


Customers should ensure bins are presented kerbside with a gap of 50cm between bins, by 6am on collection day. 

Contact Cleanaway on 9119 5500 or email if you have questions regarding:

  • Missed bin collection
  • Kerbside rubbish bin service
  • Kerbside recycling bin service
  • Bin repairs
  • Replacement bins
  • New bins

See also:
Rubbish / Recycling Bin Service Forms
Rubbish Bin Service


What happens to your recycling:

Your recycling is processed locally in Karratha, where as much contaminated waste as possible is removed. We also remove glass, which is sent to local recyclers. What’s left is transported to a purpose-built Material Recycling Facility in Perth, where the maximum amount of product is safely recycled – this reduces the amount of waste going to landfill. The amount of waste diverted from landfill depends on all of us making sure we place the right recyclable items in the recycling bin.

UPDATE 28/08/2018: Aerosol cans and lids of plastic and glass bottles are no longer eligible for recycling. Please dispose of these items in your general waste bin from now on.


What you can put in your recycling bin:

  • Glass bottles and jars (rinse and remove lids)
  • Steel and aluminium cans
  • 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
  • No takeaway coffee cups
  • No aerosols
  • No meat trays


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)

Cleanaway now have an app where you can find out more about what can and can't be recycled and set weekly/fortnightly bin reminders. Download here.


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 (no aerosols)
  • Plastic bottles and containers (lids removed)

Can the glass bottles and lids be recycled?

Yes if made of hard plastic, steel or aluminium. Separate the lids. 

What can’t be recycled?                                                

Plastic bags                                                      Garden waste

Medical waste                                                   Food scraps                                                             

Polystyrene foam                                              Cloth                                                                           

Nappies                                                            Chemicals and Oils 

Aerosol cans                                                     Bottletops and lids


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?


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 50cm 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.

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

Call Cleanaway on 9119 5500