Waste & Recycling
Christmas 2023 – New Year 2024 bin collection dates
Bins will not be picked up on Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023.
If your bin collection is usually on a Monday – please put your bin out before 5am on Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December, for pickup.
If your bin day is usually a Tuesday, you’re good to go as usual for bin collection on Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 – please keep in mind collection on this day will take longer than usual, as there will be more to pick up – give your Waste Disposal Officer a friendly wave and a thumbs-up for working over the holidays!
All other services are unaffected, including over the New Year period.
Please put your bins out by 5am on the scheduled day - or better still the night before.
Green and Blue Bin Collection Days
Bins could be picked up anytime from 5am onwards. If your bin is not out by 5am, there is no guarantee it will be collected.
Rural Kerbside Waste collection days:
- Condingup - Tuesday
- Gibson, Scaddan, Grass Patch, Salmon Gums and Cascades - Wednesday
Other local recycling in Esperance: http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/council/EsperanceWA
Information and Education
We can all do our bit to reduce waste to landfill, check out these informative websites:
Link to the War on Waste webpage: http://www.abc.net.au/ourfocus/waronwaste/
Story of Stuff: https://storyofstuff.org/
Wylie Bay Recycling Tours: A guided visit to the Recycling Shed highlights to visitors just what happens to our recyclables after the truck empties the bin at home. You will see how the products are sorted and baled ready for transport to Perth. Bookings essential, for further information email: email@example.com
Paper & Cardboard Products Newspapers, magazines, cardboard and telephone books, milk and juice cartons (please rinse & squash flat) Steel & Aluminium Containers Cans and clean foil trays Glass Bottles & Jars
Clear bottles & Jars (White green or brown)
No Ceramics, porcelain, china or window glass
Plastic Bottles & Containers
Cool drink, water, juice and milk bottles, clear plastic film
Generally 1, 2 and 4 plastics
Please note that these items CANNOT be recycled - Please DO NOT place these items in your blue bin.
- Food scraps
- Lawn clippings/wood
- Styrofoam meat trays
- Long life milk containers
Kids juice cartons
Residential Recycling Service
Service provided: Co-mingled
Domestic recycling bin sizes:
- 120L blue bin
- 240L blue bin
- 360L blue bin
Collection: Fortnightly on same day as general rubbish collection.
The occupier must ensure that waste and recycling bins are:
- Out prior to 5am on the scheduled day of collection (see calendar below) - preferably out the night before your collection day
- Kept clean and free of contaminants (non recyclable materials)
- Placed on the street verge approximately half a metre (0.5m) from the kerb with the lid opening closest to the road.
- Green and blue bins need to be placed one metre (1m) apart to ensure the truck has room to collect each bin. Click Here for diagram.
- Position bins away from any over-hanging obstructions so the do not interfere with the use of roads, footpaths, cycle ways etc
- Returned inside the property once emptied
Note: The Shire has a "3 Strikes Policy". Recycling bins containing contaminants (i.e. non-recyclable products) will not be collected. If this occurs three times the recycling service is removed from the property. Offensive contamination such as nappies and food waste is particularly penalised as all recyclables are hand sorted in Esperance
The loss of or damage to a bin caused by an occupant is the owner’s responsibility.
Commercial Recycling Service
The Shire of Esperance provides a weekly recycling collection service for businesses, schools and organisations that wish to participate.
Service provided: Co-mingled (glass is exempt)
Commercial Recycling Bin sizes:
- 4.5m3 bulk recycling bin
- 3m3 bulk recycling bin
- 1.5m3 bulk recycling bin
- 360L blue bin
- 240L blue bin
Collection: Tuesday or Thursday mornings
NOTE: A fortnightly collection is available for businesses only where it coincides with the residential collection.
Town Recycling Stations
The recycling stations are available for use by all residents who live outside the current recycling collection area as well as tourists.
The Recycling Stations are located In the below locations:
Bunnings carpark, corner of Norseman Road and Arthur Street
Visitor Centre Carpark, corner Kemp and Dempster Streets
- Place all recyclables into the bins LOOSE
- Do not tie them up in bags
- Do not over load bins as it causes litter issues.
Please report misuse to the shire on (08) 9071 0666.
Rural Recycling Stations
Rural recycling Stations are located in the towns of:
- Grass Patch
- Salmon Gums
Containers for Change
On 1 October 2020, Containers for Change launched in Western Australia!
Containers for Change is a state-wide container deposit scheme that lets you cash in eligible drink containers for 10 cents each.
In WA, we use more than 1.3 billion eligible drink containers each year; enough drink containers to circumnavigate WA six times every year.
When it comes to recycling, Western Australians now have the chance to make real change and earn cash while we do it.
By recycling through Containers for Change you help to:
- Reduce litter and landfill
- Increase recycling
- Create jobs
- Provide opportunities for social enterprise and benefits for community organisations
Where to Return - The Esperance depot is at
19 Effie Turner Drive, Esperance WA
Visit here for more information on opening hours.
Fundraising - Containers for Change provides exciting and easy opportunities for groups and charities to raise much-needed funds. Turn your containers into change!
Visit here to read more about how the program works and how to sign up.
This program is a State Government initiative and not coordinated by the Shire of Esperance. Please visit the Containers for Change website for any further information or with any concerns.