Waste Services

The Shire of Denmark offers a range of Waste Services to our community. In addition to townsite kerbside rubbish collections in Denmark, Nornalup and Peaceful Bay, the Shire manages two Transfer Station facilities and a Containers for Change refund point.

The Albany-based Cleanaway team facilitates collection of kerbside recycling, currently within Denmark townsite only. The parameters of this service are under review and plans are in place to roll out recycling services in Nornalup and Peaceful Bay in 2022.

We know reducing waste in the Shire of Denmark is a priority for our community and our Waste Services team is working on a number of changes committed to for the 2021-2022 financial year and beyond. In September 2019, the Denmark Shire Council declared a Climate Emergency and subsequently adopted a Sustainability Strategy 2021-2031 in March 2021. The Shire is committing resources to a feasibility study into Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO), Better Bins lid replacement program and promotion of refuse, reduce, recycle programs.

Visit our Keeping Denmark Pristine engagement page to stay up-to-date with current Waste Services initiatives, or you can participate in our community sentiment Quick Poll about FOGO now! 

To find out more about our current waste and sustainability initiatives please visit the Notice Board and Sustainability and page.

Please see our Waste Services Frequently Asked Questions if you have any questions. For further information please contact the Shire Waste Officer on (08) 9848 0345 or email enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au.

Denmark and Peaceful Bay Transfer Stations

Containers for Change Refund Point

Kerbside Collection

Recycling Services and Information

Denmark and Peaceful Bay Transfer Stations

Denmark Waste Management Reuse Facility and Peaceful Bay Transfer Stations

Domestic and commercial waste and recycling are accepted at Denmark Waste Management Reuse Facility and Peaceful Bay Transfer Stations. Information regarding the types of waste accepted, operating hours and disposal fees is available from the Shire Information Pamphlet

It is important to separate your waste before visiting the waste facilities. Reusable items can go to the Tip Shop; separating co-mingled recyclables, scrap metal and cardboard  from your general waste will reduce your disposal costs and keep valuable resources out of landfill. For more information regarding recycling please see Recycling Services and Information.

For information regarding Container Deposit Scheme refer to the Containers for Change Refund Point page.

Please note:  Denmark Transfer Station has EFTPOS and cash facilities - Peaceful Bay is CASH ONLY. Cheques will not be accepted at either Transfer Station.

OPENING HOURS

DENMARK WASTE MANAGEMENT REUSE FACILITY (DWMRF) - 46 East River Rd Hay

Gate House

Monday - Saturday 12 noon to 4pm

Sunday 9am to 1pm

Green Skills Tip Shop

Monday - Saturday 12 noon to 4pm

Sunday 9am to 1pm

CDS Shed

Wednesday 12 noon to 4pm

Thursday 12 noon to 4pm SEASONAL

Saturday 12 noon to 4pm

Last entry to facility at 3:45pm

Closed New Years Day, Good Friday & Christmas Day


PEACEFUL BAY TRANSFER STATION - Peaceful Bay Road, Peaceful Bay

Normal Hours

Wednesday 9am to 1pm

Sunday 1pm to 4.30pm

Christmas and January

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9am to 1pm

Sunday 1pm to 4.30pm

Easter Holidays

Saturday/Monday 9am to 1pm

Sunday 1pm to 4.30pm

Closed New Years Day, Good Friday & Christmas Day

Hazardous Waste

For information on Household Hazardous Waste, please refer to Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW)

Car Batteries

Please dispose of your car batteries responsibly - they cannot be placed in your kerbside bins. Car batteries can be taken to DWMRF Green Skills Tip Shop  and Peaceful Bay Transfer station for reuse and recycling

Medical Waste

Hazardous medical waste, such as needles and syringes, should be disposed of responsibly via sharps containers. Sharps containers can be purchased at your local pharmacy and placed into your general waste bin. The Denmark Pharmacy also accepts sealed sharps containers.

Plastic medical waste, such as dialysis packs, needs to be placed in the general waste bin - these are NOT recyclable materials.

Greenskills Tip Shop

Green Skills operate the Tip Shop at the Denmark Waste Management & Reuse Facility. The shop is open during normal operating hours and will accept reusable items at the Site Operator’s discretion. For more information please follow this link to http://www.greenskills.org.au/.

Containers for Change Refund Point

The Shire of Denmark has been an authorised refund point operator for Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) since 1st October 2020. It is a State Government program, coordinated by Western Australia Return Recycle Renew Limited (WARRRL) encouraging recycling of containers, minimising litter and keeping valuable materials out of landfill. Recycled containers are transformed into products like airplane wings, hard hats and new containers. Visit Containers for Change website for further information on the program.

To cash in your eligible containers for a 10c refund visit Shire of Denmark CDS Shed at Denmark Waste Management Reuse Facility (DWMRF) - 46 East River Rd 


Regular Hours of operation 

Wednesdays and Saturdays 12 noon to 4pm

Thursday 12 noon to 4pm SEASONAL  

Bag Drop: Any time during DWMRF operating hours

Eligible Containers

Containers must be clean with lids removed to be eligible.  

Items we accept                                                                                              

                          

Most aluminium, glass, plastic, steel and liquid paperboard drink containers between 150ml and 3L are eligible for a refund                              

 Excluded containers

There are some drink containers that are not eligible for a refund. Generally, excluded containers are those that are less than 150ml and greater than 3L

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Bulk Quantities

Drop-offs in bulk quantities may require presentation of your Driver's Licence and completion of a Refund Declaration. The declaration is available at the Gate House or the CDS Shed during operating hours.

When dropping off containers in large quantities, it is recommended to have a Scheme ID to allow for Bag Drop and reduce waiting time. To set up Scheme ID visit Containers for Change webiste registration page.

Bag Drop Outside of Refund Point Operating Hours

Outside of regular CDS Shed Operating hours containers can be dropped off at a designated area adjacent to the DWMRF Gate House to be counted throughout the week. Vessels holding the containers must be labeled with Scheme ID, name and phone number. They must be secure and easy to transfer.

Vessels used for drop off the containers are required to be collected promptly once counting has taken place.

In the event that containers are excessively soiled or predominantly ineligible, they will not be processed.

Drop-offs of bulk quantities will require completion of a Refund Declaration. This form is available at the Gate House, please ask the attendant for assistance.

Be a Container Saver!

WA uses 13 billion drink containers every 10 years, which is enough to fill the Optus stadium three times. Containers for Change advocate for a circular waste economy and community spirit, with a promise of another life for containers and 10c to potentially donate in support of local causes, groups and charities. To learn more about Containers for Change campaign, go to Don't Feed the Fill and to find out more about what happens to recovered containers, see Containers reinvented | Containers for Change

Kerbside Collection

Domestic General Waste and Recycling

If you reside within the townsite of Denmark, Nornalup or Peaceful Bay, a kerbside general waste collection is compulsory with the following options available 

General Waste

Please refer to Kerbside Waste Collection Map for collection zone boundaries

  • Weekly – 120L bin identified by a green sticker
  • Peaceful Bay Peak – 120L bin identified by a blue sticker: available to Peaceful Bay Leasehold residents only for weekly collection during 6 months of peak season and no collection for remaining 6 months thereafter [Generally the first Monday of November to the last Friday in April- call 9848 0356 to confirm actual dates.]
  • Fortnightly – 120L bin identified by a yellow sticker – the Shire is no longer accepting new applications for this service

Recycling

A kerbside recycling collection, delivered by Cleanaway, is provided in the Denmark townsite, with plans in place to roll out services for Nornalup and Peaceful Bay townsites in 2022. Please refer to Kerbside Recycling Collection Map for collection zone boundaries.

  • Fortnightly – 240L bin with yellow lid

Additional services for domestic rubbish and recycling are available on request within applicable townsite zones. 

All bins must be placed on the road verge by 6am on the morning of your scheduled pickup. 

Commercial Services

Shire of Denmark offers collection of kerbside general waste to commercial premises (including properties registered as short-stay accommodation) located within Denmark, Nornalup and Peaceful Bay townsites. Commercial kerbside collections are not compulsory - to request a new service please see New Waste Services.

  • Twice weekly – 240L bin identified by a white sticker, collected on Monday and Friday for Denmark Townsite only
  • Once weekly – 240L bin identified by a dark yellow sticker, collected on Monday in Denmark townsite and Tuesday at Nornalup and Peaceful Bay

Presently, collection of commercial recycling is only provided in Denmark townsite with no new requests for service accepted due to Cleanaway trucks being at capacity. The Shire is collating Expressions of Interest for this service from commercial entities, with view to expand the scope of our contract.

Rural Properties Outside Collection Zones

All rural property owners residing outside of the collection areas are required to take their waste to Denmark Waste Management & Reuse Facility (DWMRF) or Peaceful Bay Waste Site. Please see Denmark and Peaceful Bay Transfer Stations for more information.

For details on the a drumMUSTER collection point at DWMRF Please see Shire Information Pamphlet. The drumMUSTER program provides a free service for farmers to responsibly dispose of used chemical containers.

FAQ links

For further information contact the Shire Waste Officer on 9848 0345 or via email enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au.

Recycling Services and Information

Kerbside Recycling Collection is available in Denmark townsite. Both Denmark and Peaceful Bay Transfer Stations accept a variety of recyclable items.

To ensure maximum recovery of valuable materials please take a moment to learn what and how you can recycle in the Shire of Denmark

Items for Kerbside Recycling Bin

For a comprehensive guide on kerbside recycling please refer to the Cleanaway Simply 5 E-Book.

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

  • Put recyclables in your bin loose - don't bag or box your recyclables
  • Only put in accepted items - not all recyclable materials can go into your kerbside bin
  • Clean your recyclables - empty and rinse your containers, soiled paper and cardboard cannot be recycled
  • Remove plastic and metal container lids - and place them inside their respective containers

  • Recyclables items that DO NOT go into your kerbside recycling bin
    • Metal, unless a container
    • Soft plastics
    • Household batteries
    • Fluro lights
    • Aerosols and paints
    • Car batteries
    • Some appliances
    • Organics

These items, although recyclable, interfere with machinery at the Material Recovery Facility or present a hazard.

For information on how to recycle these materials responsibly see information on HHW program.

  • General and Hazardous waste items that DO NOT belong in your recycling bin
    • Medical waste
    • Polystyrene
    • Non-fluro light bulbs
    • Fishing nets
    • Textiles that cannot be upcycled
    • Nappies
    • Broken glass

The general waste items can be put in your kerbside rubbish bin. For information on how to dispose of medical waste follow the link.


Recycling initiatives at Shire of Denmark

Denmark Waste Management & Reuse Facility (DWMRF) and Peaceful Bay Transfer Stations accept the following standard recyclable materials free of charge:

  • Co-Mingled recycling
  • Bulk cardboard
  • Scrap metal

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Soft Plastics Recycling

 For information about soft plastics recycling see the Sustainability Section

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Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW)

Administered by WALGA and funded the Waste Authority, HHW program provides for safe collection and disposal of household hazardous waste.

Shire of Denmark Waste Management & Reuse Facility (DWMRF) is a collection point for household batteries, aerosols and fluro lights. This is a free drop off service designed to keep batteries and light bulbs out of landfill and resident's kerbside recycling. 

For other items accepted under HHW program, the nearest Regional collection point is the City of Albany’s Hanrahan Road Landfill.

For information about what materials are accepted under the program please read the Household Hazardous Waste information pamphlet.

Please note that HHW program is provided for domestic quantities only. For disposal options for commercial quantities of materials please contact an independent hazardous chemical disposal company.

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E-Waste & Mobile Phone Recycling

Mobile phones can be recycled as part of the Mobile muster program which is funded by industry partners. A mobile phone drop-off point is located at DWMRF.

For more information about the Mobile muster program visit the website: https://www.mobilemuster.com.au/ 

The Shire of Denmark has a collection point for televisions, computers, printers, computer parts and peripherals. This collection is located at DWMRF and is supported by the Australian Government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Other electronic items such as kitchen and bathroom appliances are not accepted under the scheme, but may be suitable for the scarp metal pile if made out of steel aluminum.

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Organics Recycling

Organics make up on average 60% of the waste in your kerbside rubbish bin. This produces dangerous methane gas as it breaks down in landfill. You can easily avoid this if you start composting at home. Home composting is a lot easier than you might think. For tips on home composting please refer to this guide.

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DrumMuster Program

DrumMUSTER provides Australian agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a recycling pathway for eligible empty Agvet chemical containers.

The DWMR Facility is a collection site for the drumMUSTER program managed by Agsafe. For information on the program and the containers accepted free of charge follow this link

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Website Links

For an overview of waste management in WA and how you can be part of positive change visit the Waste Authority

For an A-Z list of products and how to dispose of them visit the Recycle right

Information for commercial entities is available at Business Recycling