National Recycling Week November 2017

Published: Monday, 13 November 2017 at 4:29:00 PM

National Recycling Week November 2017

Monday 13 November - Sunday 19 November

The Town Bassendean and associated recycling partners are proud to support National Recycling Week 2017.  The Town offers convenient drop off at the Library and Customer Service Centre for the recycling of batteries, fluorescent globes and CFL’s, printer cartridges, ink  toners, mobile phones and spectacles.


Now more than ever, recycling matters. The good news is that recycling is growing at a faster rate than waste. You may not realise it but we are actually surrounded by items made with recycled content. The demand for recycled products needs to grow for recycling to become more economically sustainable. The products are there, we just need to embrace them.

Most Australians are all too familiar with the traditional linear economy, make, use, dispose – also referred to as a throwaway society.  There is an alternative called the circular economy, make, use, return, recycle.


An important part of the circular economy is buying goods with recycled content, you are keeping the products in the loop and out of landfill. The best way to tell if a product has been made with recycled materials is to read the packaging carefully and look for eco labelling


What recycled products are available?

Product                                  Recycled material


Office paper                         Office paper

Paper Towels                        Paper

Newspaper & magazines    Paper

Greeting cards                      Paper & cardboard

Pens                                       Printer cartridges

Juice & Soft drink bottles    P.E.T plastic

Compost bins                       Plastic

Worm farms                         Plastic

Shoes                                      cotton, rubber, leather, tyres, cardboard, cork, plastic bottles

Clothing                                  Textile scraps, cotton, fleece


Planet Ark research found an overwhelming majority of Australians 88% say they already purchase products that contain recycled materials.

Most Australians 70% also say they would be more likely to purchase a product and /or packaging if they contained recycled materials.


For further information go to

  Town of Bassendean website

Town of Bassendean logo

The EMRC website

EMRC logo


OR  to Planet Ark

Planet Ark

How to get involved: Recycling at Home

The Town of Bassendean proudly supports recycling with convenient drop off centres for batteries, and other recyclable products including fluorescent globes, printer cartridges, mobile phones and unwanted spectacles.

Batteries are the most common form of household hazardous waste, containing metals toxic to human health and the environment. As batteries start to break down in landfill the heavy metals leach into the surface, groundwater, polluting soil and water and harming humans and wildlife.

Battery recycling - for used dry cell batteries you can drop off at

Bassendean Customer Service Centre- 35 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean

Bassendean Memorial Library- 46 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean

The types of batteries accepted include:

AA and AAA cells (single use & rechargeable batteries)
C and D sized batteries
Button batteries (e.g. from watches)
9V batteries
6V batteries (e.g. lantern/torch batteries)

The recycling process is able to separate steel, copper and aluminium as well as creating a mixed metal compound

For further information on what to do with other batteries, rechargeable or car batteries refer to EMRC Battery Collection Program

Or refer to your Waste & Recycling Guide 2017/18

Battery drop off centre at the Library.

Library recycling station

Fluorescent globes – for fluorescent light tubes and CFL’s

Bassendean Customer Service Centre- 35 old Perth Rd Bassendean

Bassendean Memorial Library- 46 Old Perth Rd

Red Hill also has a fluorescent light recycling bin


Recycled fluorescent tubes are made into -

Glass – glass wool insulation batts used to insulate home

Aluminium- cast products as used in foundry applications

Mercury- re-used in the manufacture of dental amalgam

Phosphor powder – used in the manufacture of fertiliser


For further recycling information go to Planet Ark

Or EMRC website


The recycling station at the Library

Printer cartridges

Printer cartridges are made up of a complex combination of plastics, metals, foam, ink and toner.  Throwing them into landfill represents a waste of resources and contributes to the growing problem of electronic waste. By recycling your cartridges you are helping to reduce this waste.

All inkjet cartridges, toner cartridges and toner bottles from participating brands can be placed in the 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' box.

Bassendean Customer Service Centre- 35 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean

Bassendean Memorial Library- 46 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean


These are recycled into - eWood®, a timber replacement product, and TonerPave®, a low-carbon road surface, are two of the products manufactured using recycled printer cartridges.

For further information go to Planet Ark


Mobile phone recycling

Don’t let mobiles go to landfill or hiding away in your drawers. You can help reduce e-waste by recycling your old mobiles and accessories with MobileMuster.  Simply drop them off at major mobile phone retailers, including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, and Samsung stores.  Find your nearest drop point here.

Mobile phones and accessories can’t be recycled in your general waste bins collection.

If your mobile is still working then consider extending its life by either selling it online or passing it on to friends and family.  If it no longer works and is no longer wanted then it is time to recycle.

Did you know 96% of the materials in mobile phones and accessories can be recovered?

You can drop off your old mobile phone at

Bassendean Customer Service Centre- 35 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean

Bassendean Memorial Library- 46 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean


For further information on why recycling your mobile matters go to

How to get involved: Recycling at School

The Town of Bassendean and recycling partners proudly supports the Schools Battery  Program, providing families with  convenient recycling boxes at these local schools: for recycling batteries

Anzac Terrace Primary School

Ashfield Primary School

Bassendean Primary School

Casa Mia Montessori School

Cyril Jackson Senior Campus

Eden Hill Primary School

St. Michael's Primary School


Your recycling actions have an affect on the planet...


Did you know that different plastics can be recycled and have a 1-7 Identification Code Number stamped on them to indicate the type of resin the packaging contains and these symbols let you know the packaging can be recycled.  

If you see any of these 1-7 Identification Code Numbers on the plastic packaging you can simply place them into your “Yellow” topped recycling bin and this will keep your packaging out of landfill.

To further improve recycling opportunities, some of Australia’s most-loved brands have established a “soft plastic” recycling program. This true product stewardship model includes manufacturers, distributors and consumers who have responsibility for that product throughout its entire life cycle, including its end-of-life outcome.

So if you have “soft plastic” packaging which does not have an identification code, such as the empty bread bags, biscuit packets, frozen food bags, rice and pasta bags, confectionary packets, cereal plastic liners, plastic wrap for newspapers, magazines and plastic shopping bags, you are able to take them to the nearest “soft plastic” recycling bin found at the front of all Coles supermarket stores.

Please refer to the following website to find out more information on what soft plastics can be recycled

 The closest store for recycling “soft plastic” is located at Coles Bassendean, corner West Rd & Guildford Rd, Bassendean.

To find out more on the A-Z of Recycling refer to


Recycling plastic codes

We encourage everyone to get involved with National Recycling Week 2017.

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