Waste Management

Here you can find everything you need to know about waste and recycling! Find your next bulk waste collection, where to take your waste or containers, or the current fees and charges.

Waste Disposal Fees & Charges for 2022-2023

If you have any further questions or enquiries, please call the Shire Administration Office via (08) 9780 4200 and ask for Waste Management.

Missed, Damaged and Stolen Bins

For missed bins please contact Cleanaway on 1800 049 193
To order a new bin, replacement bin (broken/stolen), or bin repair please contact the Shire Office on (08) 9780 4200. 

Not sure what the Recycling Codes are on various items?

We created the following document to help you understand what they mean, and where the Recycling Codes came from!
What are the Recycling Codes?

Kerbside Waste Bin Collection Services

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.

Waste Management Facilities

There are two waste management facilities within the Shire: the Donnybrook Waste Management Facility located on Goodwood Road and the Balingup Waste Transfer Station located on South Western Highway.  Both facilities are operated by Hastie Waste whom can be contacted during office hours on 9731 0296.

Ratepayers are issued with a ‘Waste Management Facilities Pass’ with their annual rate notice.  You must present your valid tip pass upon arrival otherwise disposal fees will apply.  For those of you whom are renting within the Shire please speak to your landlord or property manager about obtaining a tip pass. 

Please note that these sites are closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.
For information on what can be recycled or disposed of at these sites please visit the following website:

Recycling Near You

What Goes Where?

Use your organics bin for more than just your garden material! All organic material can go into your lime green organics bin including:
  • food scraps (including meat and seafood)
  • food-stained pizza boxes
  • shredded paper
  • paper towel and tissues
  • paper muffin cases
  • pet waste
  • charcoal and ash
  • human and pet hair
Remember to place all garden material loose into the bin. Do not put your garden material in plastic bags.

Excess garden material can be taken to the Balingup Waste Transfer Station or the Donnybrook Waste Management Facility where it will be mulched.

All Food Scraps Are Good To Go!

Food scraps are a valuable resource that we can no longer waste. Food scraps placed in the lime green organics bin will be composted and turned into compost. Recycling food scraps increases resource recovery, reduces waste to landfill and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

All food can go into the green organics bin including:

  • food scraps and peels
  • cake and bread crusts
  • fruit and vegetables
  • teabags and coffee grounds
  • meat scraps, bones and seafood (raw and cooked)
  • egg and oyster shells
  • cheese and yoghurt
  • leftover takeaway food

There are several ways you can recycle your food scraps. You can choose which best suits your household

  • put your food scraps in loose
  • wrap your food scraps in newspaper
  • use compostable bags and a kitchen caddy

Should you require an additional or replacement kitchen caddy please collect one when you are next in the office.

Compostable bags are made of 100% compostable materials that decompose during the commercial composting process. Compostable bags differ to biodegradable bags so it is important to only use compostable bags when recycling your food scraps and can be purchased from your local supermarket or order online via https://compostapak.com.au/ or  BioBag 8L roll of 75 bags - BioBag World Australia

To reduce waste going to landfill, you can now place more items in your yellow recycling bin, including:
  • Plastic storage containers (e.g. take-away containers)*
  • Plastic toys (no batteries)
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Biscuit trays
  • Plastic crockery (clean)
  • CD and DVD cases (remove disc, plastic sleeve and paper cover)
  • Pots and pans
  • Medicine and vitamin bottles (empty)

This bin is for general household waste that cannot be put in the recycling or organics bin.

Other items suitable for the waste bin include:

  • kitty litter
  • polystyrene (meat trays, foam cups and packaging material)
  • wine bladders
  • aluminium foil
  • ropes and hoses.

Soft plastics (eg reusable green bags, produce bags, bread bags, biscuit and confectionary packaging, rice and pasta packets and frozen food bags) can go into the general waste bin (red/dark green lid) . However they can also be recycled at major supermarkets via RedCycle bins. Please ensure flammable and hazardous materials are not placed in any kerbside bin.

Tip Passes

Commencing on 1 October 2022, the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup has introduced a new system using electronic tip passes which will replace the previous paper-based system to make better use of technology and improve processes and systems relevant to the tip passes.

How does the new tip passes (QR Codes) work?

You will find at the bottom of your 2022/23 rates notice that there is a tearable section with a unique barcode/QR code. This will grant you access to your residential tip pass, and the allocation will be electronically loaded onto the Shire’s system and linked directly to your property, absolutely hassle free. Each property has its own unique QR Code, so when the attendant scans the code, the electronic system will deduct the appropriate number of ‘clicks’ depending on the nature and size of the load, just like it would’ve been done with a paper pass. Whilst QR Codes may be able to be loaded by residents onto their smartphones for ease of use, they do not require residents to own a smartphone – you can simply take the slip with this code and present it to the gate attendant when you visit the Balingup or Donnybrook Waste facilities.

Please note there is no change to the number of visits / allocations that residents are entitled to under the new system.

What are the benefits of the new passes?

Historically, the Shire has printed out many ‘manual’ tip passes, some of which are lost or misplaced each year. The new system being electronic means that replacing a lost pass will simply be a case of re-printing or emailing the unique QR Code. The new system will also enable the Shire to capture more accurate data about how tip passes are being used by our residents, which will assist with planning and informing future decision-making.

Who qualifies for a tip pass?

Here is an information sheet for you to browse: Tip Passes - Information Sheet

What if I think there may have been an error, or I have a query?

As with any new process involving thousands of properties, there may be a slight chance of human/data error. If, after reviewing your own circumstances against the above information sheet you believe there may have been an error in your 2022/23 tip pass allocation, we ask that you contact us using the link below.

Contact Form

Upon receiving your email, the email will be sent to the appropriate department and your case will be reviewed against the criteria outlined above, which may involve Shire staff undertaking an inspection of the property to confirm the residential.

The Shire will provide a response within 14 days.