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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.

Soft Plastic Recycling Program

The Soft Plastic Recycling Program is conducted through RedCycle, where household soft plastic waste can be recycled rather than going to landfill. Please refer to the link and guide below as to which types of soft plastics can be deposited in the RedCycle collection bins. Please click here to find the nearest location of the RedCycle collection bins to you.

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 Redcycling 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).
  •  Recycling requires a market for the recycled product. Remondis’ market for recycled soft plastic is only for non-coloured LDPE.
  •  Coles Albany and Woolworths 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:   

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. 

Green Waste

Green Waste to Biochar

New scalable bioenergy and composting technologies allows for green waste and compostable municipal solid waste (MSW) to be safely processed into energy, compost and biochar using technologies developed in Western Australia. 

By processing green waste locally, it can be safely converted into thermal or electrical energy, and stable carbon fractions (biochars) suitable for sequestration into agricultural soils to enable carbon neutrality. This is because the carbon in the biochar is recognised as a net removal of carbon from the atmosphere - enabling a negative emission to be accounted for, balancing out other emissions.

Biochar has been shown to improve nutrient use efficiency, improve water soil water retention, minimise nutrient loss, improve soil biology, and potentially reduce enteric fermentation in ruminants. The main constraint to the productive use of biochar in agriculture is the lack of supply.

With funding from the WA government's Future Carbon program, Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee (WICC) has partnered with Murdoch University, Green Skills and the Shire of Denmark to explore converting the Shire of Denmark’s 800 tonnes of green waste per annum into biochar.  Biochar is essentially charcoal, packed full of carbon.  Biochar can be fed to livestock improving animal health and reducing enteric methane production.  This program will include a trial feeding biochar to dairy cattle which has been shown elsewhere to increase milk production substantially.

Garage Sale Trail 

Australia’s largest sustainability and community festival, the Garage Sale Trail, has been facilitated by the Shire of Denmark over the past few years on an annual basis each November.

The Garage Sale Trail encourages community members to sell, shop and learn about the circular economy, promoting the premise of reduce, reuse and recycle as an important step in the fight against climate change. The Shire encourages community organisations and clubs, schools, and the broader community to get behind the initiative by signing up and taking part in the festivities.

The Garage Sale Trail is aligned with the Shire of Denmark’s Sustainability key objective outlined in the Shire’s Sustainability Strategy 2021-2031 2.2 Support the community to promote a circular economy and buy local philosophy.

To access the Shire of Denmark Garage Sale Trail Impact Report 2021 please click here.

For further details on the Garage Sale Trail please visit:

For Schools:

For Community and Clubs:

For further information please email:

For related events please visit the Shire of Denmark MyCommunity Diary website at:

Cloth Nappies

The Shire of Denmark and Department of Health Western Australian Country Health Service are working on a collaborative project with local enthusiasts to promote the use of cloth nappies.

The program will see every Denmark new baby receive the gift of one cloth nappy along with a promotional flyer outlining the savings to both your pocket, as well as to the environment in reducing waste to landfill in an effort to moving towards zero waste.

For more information on the initiative as well as where to find further information and to purchase cloth nappies locally please see the attached flyer: Cloth Nappies

Responsible Cafes 

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.

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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

Photograph by Serena Kirby.

Zero Waste Website links

Recycling Near You

Responsible Cafes

Plastic Free July

WA Plan for Plastics