Waste Management

BRIDGETOWN BUSHFIRE - WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY UPDATE (15 Feb 2022)

We are pleased to confirm that the waste facility re-opened on Saturday 12 February 2022, it is back to it's regular business hours as listed below. As we get the waste facility back up and running please be mindful that the Tip Shop remains closed. We are back to being able to receive green waste, scrap timber, scrap metal, bulky funiture, white goods, and DrumMuster containers. Materials showing visible signs or bushfire damage will be accepted free of charge. Fencing wire and other scrap metal from the bushfire can potentially be recycled so please separate these from other materials as much as possible. the Hastie Waste, Containers for Change refund point is operational again. They are currently not able to provide cash refunds.


In addition to the kerbside rubbish and recycling collection, the Shire has a Waste Management Facility in Bridgetown located on Recycle Road off of the Bridgetown-Boyup Brook Road approximately 4km from the town centre. There is also a Transfer Station in Greenbushes at 36 Blackwood Rd (located behind the Old Road Board building).

A kerbside hard waste collection is also provided to Bridgetown, Greenbushes and Hester residents in the spring.

Waste Facilities

Bridgetown Waste Management Facility

Address: Recycle Road, Bridgetown WA 6255

OPENING HOURS
Monday & Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday & Thursday 7:30am to 12:00pm
Friday 7:30am to 11:00am
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Please note: the Waste Management Facility is closed Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Good Friday.

Greenbushes Waste Transfer Station

Address: 36 Blackwood Road, Greenbushes WA 6254

OPENING HOURS
Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm
Last Saturday of each Month: the waste truck will accept green waste, whitegoods, and household rubbish.
Please note: the Waste Transfer Station is closed Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Good Friday.

Rubbish & Recycling Collection Services

The Shire's rubbish and recycling collection service extends to the Bridgetown residential area, Greenbushes, North Greenbushes and also a wide range of estates on the outskirts of town.

Collection of the red rubbish bins happens every week on a Wednesday in the Bridgetown area and every Tuesday for the Hester, Greenbushes and North Greenbushes residents.

Recycling collection is also an important part of our Waste Management Service.  The recycling bins get collected every second week, on a Wednesday for the Bridgetown area and surrounding estates and on a Tuesday for the Greenbushes, North Greenbushes and Hester residents.  Please refer to the map and calendar for actual pickup dates.

Recyclable Materials

Commingled Recycling

The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council’s Recycle Right website provides an A-Z Recycling Directory on what can be recycled. The guide for a 2-bin system can be found here. This guide also applies to bulk recycling dropped off by residents at the Bridgetown Waste Management Facility.

The Shire has recycling bin stickers available to help you remember what can be placed in your recycling bin. Stickers can be collected from Shire administration.

Tips & Information to Getting Recycling Right:

  • If you're not sure the item is recyclable, put it in general waste
  • Ensure recyclables are empty with no food residue before recycling
  • Never bag recycling, always place recyclables loose in the bin
  • Putting the wrong item in your commingled recycling bin is contamination and can send a truck full of recyclable items to landfill

Recyclable Materials Accepted at the Bridgetown Waste Management Facility

Disposal of domestic recyclable materials is free (does not require the use of tokens)* at the Bridgetown Waste Management Facility and may be deposited during normal opening hours. This includes glass, plastics, batteries, cardboard, etc. Commercial cardboard and bulk recyclables may incur a fee. Please contact the Shire or Waste Facility for more information.

Freely Accepted Items:

  • Car batteries
  • DrumMuster eligible containers
  • E-Waste (computers, mobile phones, accessories, etc.)
  • Fluro light tubes and bulbs
  • Greenwaste (lawn clippings, small prunings)
  • Scrap metal
  • Second-hand items for the Tip Shop
  • Waste engine oil

Other Accepted Items:

  • Gas bottles
  • Mattresses
  • Vehicle tyres

Please note: these items incur a small fee for disposal, please see our Schedule of Fees and Charges for the current fee(s).

Kerbside Waste Bins - Care & Presenting for Collection

  • Place your bin in a convenient location to assist with its efficient collection.
  • Contact the Shire if your bin needs repairs such as broken wheels, lids or lid hinges.
  • Do not overload your bin or place items in the bins so that the lid will not close (70kg MAX for general rubbish).
  • Place all rubbish inside the bin (rubbish not placed in the bin cannot be collected).
  • Keep the bin clean.
  • Remove the bin from the kerb as soon as convenient after it has been emptied.
  • Place the bin on the verge for collection prior to 6AM on the day of the collection (as some collections are made early in the morning).
  • Please ensure your bin is a least 500mm clear of other bins or other obstructions (basketball hoop, car, etc.)
  • Please do not place hot ashes or material in the bin that may cause dust nuisance or fire hazard.
  • Never put containers of oil in your wheelie bin. They can explode in transport.
  • Commingled recycling bins contaminated with rubbish will not be collected as this could prevent proper sorting and recycling after collection.

What Happens to our Recyclable Materials?

All recycling collected from kerbside recycling bins or at the Bridgetown Waste Management site bulk bins is transported to Cleanaway’s depot in Manjimup where it is lightly compacted and transported to the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council’s MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) in Perth

You can view a short video of the MRF here.

Other recyclables such as scrap metal, e-waste and used tyres are collected by licensed recycling companies and transported off-site regularly for further processing.

Local Recycling Services

Containers for Change information

Hastie Waste
Containers for Change

Statement from Hastie Waste (16 Feb 2022)

"Out of the ashes, here we are Bridgetown, ready to count your containers and help you bag and tag! No CASH refunds yet. We will hopefully have this set up by the end of the month.

See you at the Tip tomorrow from 8am to 12pm or Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Or drop your bagged and labeled (Scheme ID, name and number) containers off in the bins behind the pallets in the undercover drive through area anytime the tip is open.
Please be kind and patient as we figure out this temporary setup."

Statement from Hastie Waste (11 Feb 2022)

"Thanks to the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes and Cleanaway we are working towards opening to process BAG DROP ONLY containers in the small shed at the Tip next Thursday [17 Feb 2022].

The tip is open tomorrow and the Bag Drop Bin with instructions has been set up down near the small shed behind the pallets. You're welcome to drop your tagged containers off before Thursday.
We will let you know once we are able to accept containers for CASH refunds. Thank you for your understanding."

Statement from Hastie Waste (7 Feb 2022)

"Sadly our Containers for Change Refund Point at the Bridgetown Tip was burnt over the weekend.
To our Bridgetown Community, we are very sorry but we wont be open this Thursday or Saturday.
If you would like to collect your container refund urgently your welcome to head to our Refund Point in Manjimup at 5 Margerison St, which is open from 8am-12noon Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
We are assessing the damage and working on a plan, when we know more there will be another public post. In the meantime keep collecting and stay safe. Thank you for understanding and we are sorry for the inconvenience."
Keep up to date with Hastie Waste through their Facebook page.

Collect eligible containers, take them to a refund point and earn a refund. You will receive 10 cents for every eligible container you return which you can keep or donate to a worthy cause.

Hastie Waste provide a local Containers for Change refund point at the Bridgetown Waste Management Facility.

OPENING HOURS
Thursday: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm

For more information on the recycling services provided by Hastie Waste, visit their website: hastiewaste.com.au

Accepted Items:
Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a refund.
Eligible containers must:

  • Be included on the scheme’s list of products. Use our eligibility checker below to ensure your containers are eligible.
  • Display the refund mark (e.g. “10c refund at collection depots/points in participating State/Territory of purchase”)

Excluded Items:
There are some drink containers that are not eligible for a refund. Generally, excluded containers are those that are less than 150ml and greater than 3L.
Excluded containers include:

  • Any plain milk containers
  • Any glass containers which have contained wine or pure spirits
  • Containers 1L or larger which have contained flavoured milk, pure fruit or vegetable juice
  • All cordial or syrup containers
  • Registered health tonics

Want to check the eligibility of a container? Check out this great reference website from Containers for Change.

Bridgetown Public Library
Recycling Hub

A volunteer run Recycling Hub has been built by the local Men’s Shed and installed at the Bridgetown Library. This operates during normal Library hours and can accept:

  • Dental products
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Household batteries
  • Mobile accessories and wearables
  • Mobile phone chargers
  • Mobile phones
  • Plastic bottle lids (from eligible Containers for Change items, no bigger than 5cm)
  • Reading glasses
  • Sunglasses

Bridgetown Family & Community Centre
Recycling Hub

  • Blades, razors, and plastic packaging from razors - refillable & disposable
  • Bread tags
  • Burts Bees personal, lip & skin care products
  • Electronic toothbrush handles and bases
  • Hair aerosol containers - empty (hairspray, mousse, dry shampoo, etc.)
  • Hair care jars, lids, bottles, closures, tubes, pumps, and caps - empty (all brands)
  • Hair colouring jars, lids, bottles - all brands
  • Mobile phones
  • Paw Patrol toys
  • Plastic bottle lids
  • Reading glasses

Transition Bridgetown

If you're interested in setting up a community recycling hub, please contact Transition Bridgetown through their website or Facebook page.

Liquid Waste

The Shire operates a liquid waste disposal site at the Bridgetown Waste Management Facility. This service runs on a conditional seasonal basis with operations dependent on the liquid waste pond capacity. Due to recent hot summer weather we are pleased to announce that we have reopened our Liquid Waste Ponds for Shire septic waste and grease arrestor waste.

Gate Charges

Tip Tokens - Disposal of general waste is paid using tip tokens. Tip tokens are issued with Shire resident rate notices each year.  Additional tokens can be purchased from the Customer Service Area at the cost of $48.50 for 10 tokens. EFTPOS is not available at the Waste Facility and any EFTPOS transactions must be paid for in advance at the Shire Office. The Shire Administration Office is open Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Residents who currently receive a weekly rubbish collection service will receive a pass containing 20 tokens, allowing free entry to either the Bridgetown Waste Management Site or Greenbushes Transfer Station 20 times, with rubbish equivalent to one 120 litre mobile garbage bin. Larger loads will require the use of two tokens. One trailer load will require five tokens.

Residents without a weekly rubbish collection service will receive a pass containing 72 tokens. 52 of these will have a face value of $4.85 each, and allow for entry with the equivalent of the weekly 120 litre bin collection service. The remaining tokens allow for an additional 20 free entries, with rubbish equivalent to one 120 litre mobile garbage bin. Larger loads will require two or more tokens, as described above.

These charges are summarised in the Shire's Schedule of Fees and Charges.

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