Waste Management

Shire Rubbish and Recycling 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.

Caring for and presenting your kerbside waste bins:

  • 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 is classed as recyclable? Click here to find out.

The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council’s Recycle Right website provides an A-Z guide 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 (see below) to help you remember what can be placed in your recycling bin. Stickers can be collected from Shire administration.



Bridgetown & Greenbushes Waste Sites 

In addition to the kerbside rubbish and recycling collection, the Shire also has a Waste Management Facility in Bridgetown located on Recycle Rd off of the Bridgetown-Boyup Brook Rd 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 bulk collection is also provided to Bridgetown and Greenbushes town site residents in the spring.

Containers for Change

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.

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible. For information on the Containers for Change scheme and how to register for a scheme ID visit the Containers for Change website here.

Hastie Waste are providing a local Containers for Change Refund point at the Bridgetown Waste Management Facility. Their hours are Thursday 8:00am- 12:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm.

For information on other local refund points and opening days/hours see their website here.

Liquid Waste 

The Shire operates a liquid waste disposal site at the Bridgetown Waste Management Facility. This service runs on a conditional basis with operations dependent on the liquid waste pond capacity.

Due to recent heavy rainfall, the Shire has closed the liquid waste disposal facility until further notice. We are investigating solutions to this issue and will inform the public on any progress.

Please note both Transfer Stations are closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.

Bridgetown Transfer Station Opening Hours

(Bridgetown-Boyup Brook Road, Bridgetown)

Monday & Tuesday Closed
Wednesday & Thursday 7.30am to 12.00pm
Friday 7.30am to 11.00am
Saturday & Sunday 9.00am to 4.00pm

Greenbushes Transfer Station Opening Hours

(Behind Old Road Board Building, Greenbushes)

Saturdays 10.00am to 1.00pm
Last Saturday each Month Waste Truck will accept Greenwaste, Whitegoods and Household Rubbish at the Transfer Station

Remember - you must present your pass to gain entry to the waste management sites.

How Gate Charges Will Apply

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.

Recyclable Materials

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.

The following items are accepted at the Bridgetown Waste Management Facility only;

o   DrumMuster eligible containers

o   Second hand items for the Tip Shop

o   Waste engine oil

o   Scrap metal

o   Greenwaste (lawn clippings, small prunings)

o   Mattresses*

o   Car batteries

o   Fluro light tubes/ bulbs

o   E-waste (computers, mobile phones, accessories

o   Vehicle tyres*

 

 *Mattresses, gas bottles and tyres incur a small fee, see the current financial years’ Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Recycling Hub Collection Points at the Bridgetown Library and the Bridgetown Family and Community Centre (BFCC)

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:

o   Reading glasses

o   Mobile phones

o   Dental hygiene products (toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, empty toothpaste tubes, floss containers)

o   Household batteries

o   Plastic bottle top lids

o   Writing implements (felt tips, pens, highlighters, marker)

 A separate hub has been put in at the Bridgetown Family and Community Centre and accepts:

o   Bread tags

o   Plastic bottle top lids

o   Hair aerosol containers

o   Hair care jars, lids, bottles, closures, tubes, pumps and caps

o   Paw patrol toys (no other toys)

o   Blades and razors (refillable and disposable)

o   Electronic toothbrushes bases and handles

o   Burt’s Bees packaging

 Please Contact Transition Bridgetown for more information or if you are interested in setting up a community recycling hub.

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 offsite regularly for further processing.

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