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You can find everything you need to know about waste management and services provided to residents by the Shire, from using the waste facilities to sorting out your rubbish for kerbside collection! If you have any questions that can't be answered on this page, please contact the Shire Administration Office for assistance. We are also regularly sharing educational resources for the community to better understand waste sorting and management, all of which assists in minimising costs and decreasing our general waste footprint. You are invited to contribute to the waste discussion - share your feedback or ask a question through the form on the page linked below.

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Our waste services are for all residents in the Shire, which includes a kerbside collection service, waste management facilities (includes transfer and landfill at respective locations). Other general waste services available consist of the disposal and processing of general waste, recyclables, and organic materials.

As of the start of the 23-24 financial year, the previous contract for the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup waste services that spanned over 10 years expired on 30 June 2023. As such, after an extensive process undertaken by the South West Regional Waste Group, the Shire has a new contract that has been executed with Cleanaway to undertake kerbside collection and disposal services, commencing 1 July 2023.

The South West Regional Waste Group consists of representatives of the following local governments as well as the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup:

  • City of Bunbury
  • Shire of Harvey
  • Shire of Collie
  • Shire of Capel
  • Shire of Bridgetown Greenbushes
  • Shire of Nannup


What goes where?

3-Bin kerbside collection service operates in the Donnybrook, Kirup and Balingup town sites. Organics Bins are collected weekly, and Rubbish & Recycling Bins are collected fortnightly on an alternate basis. Collection day is Monday for Donnybrook, and Tuesday for Kirup and Balingup.

2-Bin kerbside collection service operates in other town site areas of the Shire. Rubbish Bins are collected weekly, and Recycling Bins are collected fortnightly. Collection day is Monday for Argyle, Irishtown, Upper Capel and Brookhampton, and Tuesday for all other areas.

All properties within the area covered by kerbside collection will be charged for a bin service (either two bin or three bin service) under the Councils Local Law.

The charges are included on your annual rates notice. An interim rate notice will be issued for properties on a pro-rate basis where either the service is commenced or finalised after issuing the annual rate notice

All services are optional for Commercial businesses. Both the Rubbish and Organics Bin collection will be weekly for businesses that choose these services.

Sorting Organics / FOGO

What goes in the bright green bin?

FOGO stands for Food Organics and Garden Organics, but you can put more than just your garden materials into this bin. All organic materials can go into the bright green bin, including:

  • FOOD SCRAPS (such as meat/bones/seafood raw or cooked, peels, cake and bread crusts, fruit and vegetables, teabags and coffee grounds, eggs and oyster shells, cheese, yoghurt, leftover takeaway food, etc.)
  • ORGANIC FOOD CONTAINERS / PAPER-BASED PACKAGING (such as food-stained pizza boxes, paper muffin cases, etc.)
  • PET WASTE (such as droppings and fur)
  • CHARCOAL AND ASH (make sure it's not hot!)

The best way to dispose of your food scraps and organic waste is to put it in the bin loose, wrap it in newspaper, or use a compostable bin bag and kitchen caddy. If you require a replacement or additional kitchen caddy, you can pick one up the next time you're in the Shire Administration Office.

Compostable bags are made of 100% compostable materials that decompose during the commercial composting process. Compostable bags differ from biodegradable bags, so it is important to only use compostable bags when recycling your food scraps and organic waste. These bags can be purchased from your local supermarket, or ordered online using one of these resources:

Sorting Recyclables

What goes in the yellow bin?

There are a lot of household items that can be recycled, which aids in reducing landfill. This includes:

  • PLASTIC FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS (such as takeaway containers)
  • OTHER PLASTICS (such as toys with no batteries, plant pots, plastic cutlery, or biscuit trays - just remember to make sure it's all clean!)
  • CD AND DVD CASES (make sure you remove the disc, plastic sleeve and paper cover!)

Sorting General Waste

What goes in the dark green/red bin?

Please ensure flammable and hazardous materials are not placed in any kerbside bin. This bin is for your general household waste that cannot be put in the recycling or organics bins. Items suitable for this bin include:

  • POLYSTYRENE (such as meat trays, foam cups and other packaging material)
  • ALUMINIUM FOIL (make sure it's in a compact ball that is not smaller than a golf ball)
  • SOFT PLASTICS (reusable green bags, produce bags, bread bags, confectionary packaging, rice/pasta packages, frozen food bags, etc.)