Zero Waste

Waste and Recycling

Recycling – make your efforts count!

Are you recycling correctly?

Let’s recycle better and decrease our recycling contamination rate by:

  • Reusing plastic bags and putting recyclables in your bin loose. Don’t put plastic bags in your recycling bin or bag your recyclables before placing in the bin.

  • Cardboard, cartons and pizza boxes can be recycled, but put waxed cardboard in your domestic waste bin and make sure pizza boxes are not soiled with food.

  • Removing lids from aerosol cans and glass and plastic containers before recycling. Lids should be placed in your domestic waste bin.

  • Rinsing dirty recyclables.

  • Garden waste should be composted or put in your domestic waste bin – not in your recycling.

Battery and Light Bulb Recycling

Help keep batteries and light bulbs OUT of landfill and OUT of your kerbside recycling bin.

As landfill, they can leach toxic heavy metals into soil and water and lithium batteries can become dangerous if damaged or over-heated. Batteries and light bulbs in your recycling bin can contaminate your other recyclables.

Most of the materials which make up batteries and light bulbs can be recycled into other products. Old batteries can become new batteries and light bulbs can be broken down to make insulation and mercury.

The Shire of Denmark offers residents FREE drop-off locations for batteries and light bulbs at the Shire Administration building and the McIntosh Road Transfer Station. So, bring in your household batteries and light bulbs next time you stop by.

If you need further information on household recycling, contact the Shire on phone 9848 0300. 

Click here for the Shire’s waste and recycling program and available services. 

Soft Plastic Recycling Program

The Soft Plastic Recycling Program is conducted in partnership with Supa IGA Denmark where collected bags are redirected to be used in the manufacture of plastic products.  The Shire of Denmark offers a collection point for the recycling of some soft plastics which are not yet able to be collected as part of the Shire’s kerbside recycling.  Please refer to the guide below as to which types of soft plastics can be deposited in the collection bins located in the Shire's Administration building.

Only non-coloured LDPE (low density polyethylene) soft plastics should be placed in the collection bins.

All plastics should be clean and dry.


Not accepted

Cling wrap and film

All hard plastics (includes biscuit trays)

Clear produce bags

Polystyrene (includes meat trays)

Supermarket fruit and veg bags

Supermarket checkout shopping bags

Clear bread bags

Black plastic

Bubble wrap

Coloured plastic

Newspaper and magazine wrapping


Disposing of the incorrect type of plastic or other waste into the collection bins can contaminate the recycling, meaning it cannot be processed and is diverted to landfill instead. Remember, the best action you can take for the environment is to avoid soft plastic bags and packaging when buying products.

For further information, please see the poster here. More information on the composition of plastic bags can be found on the Planet Ark website at:

Fast facts:

  • - The Supa IGA and Shire of Denmark soft plastic recycling program only caters to households.
  •  -See Planet Ark’s Business Recycling website at for soft plastic recycling options available to businesses.
  •  -Supermarket checkout shopping bags are generally made from HDPE (high density polyethylene) and so cannot be included in the Supa IGA and Shire of Denmark soft plastic recycling program.
  •  -Recycling requires a market for the recycled product. Remondis’ market for recycled soft plastic is only for non-coloured LDPE.
  •  -Coles Albany is the nearest REDcycle soft plastic collection point and accepts all types of soft plastic and plastic bags (HDPE and LDPE).
  •  -LDPE is sometimes marked with the symbol:   

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Responsible Cafes is an initiative of the award-winning not-for-profit group Responsible Runners, and is one of Australia’s most innovative, popular and fastest-growing programs actively engaging cafes to improve sustainability. The free program equips cafes with a model for incentivising reuse by encouraging cafes to offer a discount to customers with a reusable takeaway cup. In this way, participating cafes promote responsible decisions and publicise their commitment to sustainability. Over 150 cafes, councils and universities are currently participating, with the hope to grow the movement towards reuse even further.

 Over 1 billion disposable takeaway coffee cups are used every year in Australia, many of which are poorly recyclable and rarely compostable. A great majority of disposable cups and lids end up in landfill or as litter, and can take decades to break down in the environment, contributing to land and marine pollution. Reusable cups are the most sustainable option.

 How it Works

  • Participating Cafes offer a discount (usually 20-50¢) or other incentive to customers with a reusable takeaway cup, promoting responsible decisions and sustainable practises.
  • Participating Cafes will receive attractive vintage-style posters customised for Denmark to display in their premises. The poster includes a space for you to fill in the appropriate discount. Participating Cafes are encouraged to also promote their participation through their own media, such as websites and Facebook page.
  • The Shire of Denmark has helped fund the set-up fee for the posters as part of our commitment to promoting sustainability. There is no additional cost for business owners and if you already offer an incentive to customers you are still welcome to join us.
  • The Shire of Denmark and Responsible Runners will also help promote the program through various forms of print and digital media, including the Shire’s website and Facebook page and Responsible Café’s interactive map on their website.

 Support Denmark’s Responsible Cafes - A list of participating cafes will be updated as required and can be found here

 Do you own or run a café or coffee van and would like to participate? Registration forms can be found here .

 More information can be found on the Responsible Cafes website (see link below) or by contacting the Shire’s Sustainability Service on ph. 08 9848 0313.

Waste and Recycling Documents

The Better Cup Guide - Your indispensable guide to reusables and disposables

Make Your Own BYO Cup

Website links

Recycling Near You

Responsible Cafes