Welcome to the City of Karratha residential waste and recycling collection page.
Please enter your address below to check the next scheduled pick up for your General and Recycling Waste bins.

Please see the below FAQs to answer any questions.

Residential Waste and Recycling Collection

When is our recycling collected?

Your recycling bin will be picked up every fortnight on the same day as the garbage collection. Please refer to the address search above to check your next collection.

What colour is the recycling bin?

Your recycling bin has a green body with a yellow lid.

What can we put in our recycling bin?

You can place the following items in your recycling bin.

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars (lids removed)
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Steel and Aluminum cans
  • Plastic bottles and containers

Can the glass bottles and jar lids be recycled?

Yes if it is made of hard plastic, steel or aluminium, it can be recycyled.

What can not be recycled?

The following items cannot be recycled.

  • Plastic bags
  • Medical waste
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Nappies
  • Garden waste
  • Food scraps
  • Cloth
  • Chemicals and Oils

Why do items need to go into the recycling bin loose? Why can not I use a plastic bag?

The machines that process your recycling can not sort the items if they are in a plastic bag. There are also workers involved in the recycling process and if bags are filled with items 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?

Unfortunately, soft plastic items are not able to be recycled.

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 on the day of pickup. Ensure your bins are at least 50 cm 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 (MRF) South Guildford, Perth.

When do my bins get emptied?

Your general waste bin is emptied weekly, whilst your recycling bin is emptied fortnightly. Please enter your address above to check your next pickup date.

What colour is the general household waste bin?

Your general waste bin has a green body with a green lid.

What should I do if my bin gets missed?

If your bin is missed please call Cleanaway (Waste provider) on (08) 9119 5500.

What should I do if my bin gets stolen or damaged?

If your bin is stolen or damaged please call Cleanaway (Waste provider) on (08) 9119 5500.

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

If you require a new general waste or recycling bin please call Cleanaway (Waste provider) on (08) 9119 5500.

What can not we put in our general household bin?

The following items cannot be placed in your general household bin.

  • Lengths of steel and wood
  • Gas bottles
  • Garden hose and rope (unless cut into half metre lengths)
  • Engine oils/fluids
  • Lawn clippings (unless bagged)
  • Steel cable
  • Paints and chemicals
  • Car batteries
  • Flares/EPIRBS
  • Hot ashes
  • Engine parts
  • Explosives/Ammunitions

Can I leave loose bags of rubbish next to my bin?

Unfortunately, all rubbish must be placed inside the bin.

What do I do if I fill my bin and have more rubbish?

You must not over fill a bin. The maximum weight is 50kg and the lid should be closed. Additional waste can be taken to either the 7 Mile Waste Facility or Wickham Transfer Station and is free of charge for waste coming from a residential property.
An additional bin can be supplied however charges do apply or call Cleanaway on (08) 9119 5500.