Waste education tours
Schools and community groups within the City of Rockingham are able to visit the Millar Road Landfill Facility to learn some practical knowledge about what happens to waste and recycling, and its effects on the environment. This tour better equips people to make the correct decision on placing waste into the correct bin, littering and consumption habits. The Ken James Waste Education Centre allows for a safe and flexible learning environment.
All tours are subject to availability and bookings are essential. They operate all year round, except for public holidays. The program is free of charge and includes return bus transport (within the City).
For more information please contact the Projects and Waste Education Officer on 9528 0333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waste education tour forms
Please read general information before filling out booking form.
Waste education for home
The City provides an annual Bin Collection Flyer which contains all of the basic information on waste services for the home. For more information on reducing your waste and improving recycling download the Recycling and waste disposal tips for home (below).
Other recycling opportunities
Around the home sometimes people are faced with items that can’t be recycled in the yellow lidded recycling bin, for example mattresses, e-waste, spectacles and clothing. An alternative recycling opportunity may exist for these items. Please contact Waste Services on 9528 8550 or visit the Recycling Near You website.
City of Rockingham residents share their waste reducing tips for home
Christmas and New Year’s celebrations see us consume more than usual and with consumption comes waste. City of Rockingham residents send around 12% more waste to landfill during this time, in comparison to the rest of the year.
There are many simple ways at home we can reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. Often the best solution is avoidance. The City's residents share their waste reducing ideas for home in the Waste Reduction Tips from City residents (below).
Print and use the signs around the home and office to let people know what to place in the bin. Also useful for parties and events.
Waste Wise Schools Program
The Waste Wise Schools program is run through the Waste Authority, and offers WA schools the opportunity to develop smarter waste practices through the “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” principle. The program is free to Western Australian schools and provides great support and resources to teachers with activities linked to the WA Curriculum. Schools also have the opportunity to apply for grants towards their Waste Wise activities.
For further information please visit the Waste Wise Schools website.
Bin Tagging Program
The Bin Tagging program originated in South Australia and saw a 60% reduction in contamination of the recycling bin. Supported by the Waste Authority, the program is now run across the WA metropolitan area in most local government areas.
The Bin Tagging program provides direct feedback to properties with a visual inspection of each bin resulting in either a sad face or a smiley face tag being placed on the bin. The City will visit selected areas over a couple of collection cycles to assist residents in improving waste and recycling habits.
Previously, the program has raised issues with:
- Bagging recyclables with plastic bags. Recyclables need to be loosely placed into the recycling bin in order for them to be separated into categories at the Material Recovery Facility. Bagged recyclables are not opened due to health and safety, and will be landfilled.
- Textiles (rags, clothing, towels etc) being placed into the yellow lidded bin. These are a problem for the machinery at the Material Recovery Facility. Clothing can be donated to charities.
The next round of Bin Tagging will be in 2019.