Waste Education and Resources

Reducing Household Waste - Video Series

There are many ways to reduce the amount of waste that your family generates. View the first of our eleven part 'Reducing Household Waste' video series on how to get started. It's very easy and the entire family can get involved in the challenge.

Getting started

Get some handy hints from Mark Layton, a local Spearwood resident on how to get started in terms of reducing your household waste.

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Composting

There are so many things you can do to reduce waste from your household. Instead of throwing your green waste into the garden organics bin - try composting it. After a few weeks you can use it as free fertiliser and spread it onto your garden.

For accessibility purposes the transcript of this video is linked in the 'related documents' area below.

Worm farms

There are so many things you can do to reduce waste from your household. Set up a worm farm to produce nutritious soil for the garden, the kids will love it! Did you know that worms eat meat, human and pet hair, and dirty paper towels?

For accessibility purposes the transcript of this video is linked in the 'related documents' area below.
 

What to do with cooking oil and other fats

If poured down the drain, cooking oil and others fats can block your pipes and cause sewerage overflows! Find out how you can safely dispose of cooking oils and fats instead.

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What to do with shells and bones

Ever wondered what to do with egg shells, bones, oyster or mussel shells instead of just throwing them out? Find out from Mark Layton, a local Spearwood resident who uses pizza ovens, fire pits and blenders to reduce this type of waste to zero!

For accessibility purposes the transcript of this video is linked in the 'related documents' area below.

Getting the kids on board

Reducing your household waste requires a family effort, including the kids. See how you can get the kids involved and understanding the importance of reducing waste.

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Going above and beyond to reduce waste

Wake up and smell the coffee. Then compost it! Coffee grinds can go straight into your compost bin. Spearwoord waste guru Mark Layton composts coffee grinds from his local cafe - more compost and fertiliser for his garden - less waste for the cafe and the world.

For accessibility purposes the transcript of this video is linked in the 'related documents' area below.

Spreading the word

The old 'lead by example' rule applies to reducing household waste. If your kids see you taking action, they are more likely to follow suit. Word spreads and momentum grows. See how Spearwood waste guru Mark Layton gets it done in his house.

For accessibility purposes the transcript of this video is linked in the 'related documents' area below.

Our pocket rocket champion of recycling!

Olivia has a clear grasp of the importance of recycling to the health of our planet, its environment, plants and animals. And why woudn't she - as the eldest of Spearwood waste guru Mark Layton's three children she is a pocket-rocket champion of composting!

For accessibility purposes the transcript of this video is linked in the 'related documents' area below.

Waste Education Tours

The City offers free waste education tours and resources for schools, businesses and the community.

Henderson Waste Recovery Park tours

Henderson Waste Recovery Park tours are a great way to find out what happens to the waste we produce. Tours include:
  • Introduction to waste
  • How to minimise waste
  • Resource recovery
  • Understanding landfill
  • Transfer station
  • Waste gas to energy
  • Hazardous waste
  • Reuse Shop
  • Garden organics decontamination station 
Tours for all community members run regularly - visit Events and Workshops to find out tour dates.

School tours for years 4 to 12 can be arranged to suit you. Tours are free and we even fund travel to the park if your school is within the City of Cockburn!

Regional Resource Recovery Centre tours

The Regional Resource Recovery Centre processes general waste from your home and also features a Materials Recovery Facility for processing recyclable items. State of the art technology separates waste, recovers recycling and converts organic waste to compost. Contact tours@smrc.com.au to book a tour. Schools within the City of Cockburn can access a free bus to transport them to and from the site.

Waste education mobile trailer

Schools and community groups can borrow the City's mobile waste education trailer. The trailer contains resources on how to 'reduce, reuse, recycle', as well as fun games including:
  • Landfill Game
  • Memory Game
  • Wetlands Game
  • Recycling game
  • Composting Game

Waste education incursions

The Waste Education Officer attends schools within the City of Cockburn to run waste education sessions. These are tailored to your school’s needs and include games and activities.

Which Bin? posters 

Posters explaining what should go in each bin are available for 2 bin households, 3 bin households, offices and schools. See 'Related Documents' below for printable PDF versions. 
 

More information and contact

Contact the Waste Education Officer on 08 9411 3444 or at customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au to borrow the trailer or book school programs.
 
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Contact

Address

9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

Po Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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