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It is fairly common for the bins to overflow post-Christmas celebrations, but with a little thought and preparation, it can be possible to avoid so much food, packaging and decorative waste.

SMRC Chairperson Cameron Schuster is urging residents in the Southern Metropolitan Region to Recycle Right this Christmas.  “With less than a month to go, now is a good time to start planning for sustainable Christmas celebrations,” Cr Schuster said.

“Plan your food and gifts carefully and make a shopping list so you don’t overbuy this Christmas.  Why not avoid waste altogether by gifting an experience like horse riding, tennis or golf lessons, something homemade, or supporting a charity.”

Understandably it can be challenging to avoid all waste at Christmas time, so it is important to put waste in the right bin so it can be recovered and recycled.  

“Please remember to place packaging loosely in the yellow topped bin and avoid filling boxes with plastic and other wrapping to ensure it is recycled.  Boxes should be flattened,” Cr Schuster said.

“Christmas is also a great time to teach children about giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. Share the Christmas spirit by recycling toys and clothing your children don’t use by donating them to charity or putting them under a giving tree.”

If you are unsure of which bin to put your Christmas waste in, or for tips on producing less waste and living sustainably, visit  To have this information at your fingertips, there is a Recycle Right App available to download on Google Play or the Apple App store.



If you are having a Christmas party, avoid disposable plates, cutlery and serving trays – and if this is impossible, make sure you buy biodegradable ones.

Make it easy for your guests to recycle by having two clearly labelled bins – one for recycling and another for general waste.

Minimise food waste by buying only what you need, avoid overeating and use leftovers. 

Wrap food waste in newspaper and place in the green-topped bin so it can be composted.

Think carefully about your gifts. Do they generate waste like batteries? Is the gift likely to be durable and lasting? To avoid waste altogether, you could support a local charity, or give an experience or gift voucher.

Use paper wrapping instead of plastic or foil and save it for next year.

Separate your paper, plastic and polystyrene packaging and place loosely in the yellow-topped bin. Flatten boxes.  

Tinsel must not be placed in the yellow-topped bin as it may get caught in the recycling machinery and break it.

Christmas lights bump up your power bill and drain natural resources – so reduce your lighting display, use LED lights and turn lights off at bedtime.

Give the gift of knowledge – download the free Recycle Right App onto your family members’ smart phones via the App Store or Google Play Store.


Find out how your family can help reduce waste during the festive season by watching our next Greenfingers TV segment on Channel 9, on Saturday 13 December at 5.30pm.

This is the fourth segment filmed this year with presenter Chris Ferreira, which focuses on recycling and waste reduction in the household.

If you happen to miss Greenfingers on Channel 9, you may view past episodes at

Photos: Presenter Chris Ferreira on set filming the fourth segment of Greenfingers TV


Recycle Right took part in sustainability week at Scitech Discovery Centre this month, from 24 to 28 November. Primary school children visited the Centre to learn how to care for the environment and live more sustainably.

Students learned about recycling and avoiding waste through our “Right or Rubbish” quiz and were challenged to separate waste. Teachers were provided with a Recycle Right education pack including educational support material and information on how Recycle Right fits into the education curriculum.

New Face on the Block

The SMRC has a new face – Chloe Rothery has replaced Taryn Davis as the new Community Engagement and Communications Officer.

While Taryn is on maternity leave, Chloe will take responsibility for Recycle Right and SMRC communications and waste education activities.

After recently working in the resources sector in quarantine and environment, Chloe is looking forward to the challenge of the new role in Taryn’s absence.

Photo: Chloe Rothery has joined the SMRC team as the Community Engagement and Communications Officer


Our native Christmas trees, the Nuytsia florabuna, have embraced the festive spirit and are in full bloom at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre’s Banksia Woodland.  The neighbouring Ken Hurst Park has also come alive with splashes of orange.  Why not come on a tour and see for yourself!

For further information, or to book your tour, please call Anna on 9256 9555 or email


The SMRC can process the Green Waste from your garden.

Clean Green Waste can be delivered direct to the Regional Resource Recovery Centre, 350 Bannister Road, Canning Vale, WA, 6155

100% of the Green Waste is recovered, with no residual waste going to landfill.

The RRRC is open 7 days a week, 8.00am to 4.00pm (except Christmas Day and New Years Day)

Please call 9256 9555 with any queries.

The Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) in Canning Vale is one of the few operational facilities in Perth where you can find out how your waste is recovered. Our Recycle Right Tour Guides provide individuals, schools and community groups with an insightful walk around the Waste Composting Facility, Audit, Green Waste Facilities and conservation area, before finishing in our state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility Education Centre.  The tour takes 1.5 to 2 hours.

Why not join us for a tour – the next available date for families and friends is Saturday 13 December at 9.30am.

Please call Anna on 9256 9555 or email for further information or to book your tour.

Photo: Anna Sondalini


Next time you go to put broken glass in the green-topped bin, think twice.  All glass, whether broken or intact, can be recycled.  When you put it in your yellow-topped bin, it is sorted at the Material Recovery Facility before being broken down for use in our road asphalt surfaces.

For more information go to


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