Waste - Education

The City of Bunbury offers a wide range of free educational services, designed to complement our Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Initiatives. 

We aim to have our City by the Sea recognised as a leader in the WARR on Waste; to become a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy in which human health and the environment are protected from the impacts of waste.

Nearly everything we do generates some kind of waste, there’s a lot to find out about. 


Got Questions? 

Our Waste Education Officers are available to answer any questions you may have.  Simply send an email to wasteeducation@bunbury.wa.gov.au or call 08 9792 7333 and we will respond as soon as possible.

Online Education Resources

Our Online Education Resources have been made available to supplement the Education Sessions delivered by our Waste Education Officers.  Interested in learning more about waste issues and what we can do to manage waste better?           

Check out our Parents, Students & Educators Package which includes fun and informative education resources for Early Learning/Kindy/Pre-Primary, Primary School and Secondary School/TAFE.


Education Sessions

Our Waste Education Officers provide Education Sessions (Talks and Workshops) delivered to; Residents, Community Groups, Businesses, Educators, Early Learning Centres, Primary and Secondary Schools and TAFE’s.

Sessions are interactive, fun and informative.  We tailor to the needs of your group while combining topics and activities to suit your requirements.

Education Sessions - Early Learning – Primary

Education Sessions – Types of Education Sessions​ ​

Bin Audit Education Program

To reduce bin contamination in the City of Bunbury’s 3Bin System, our Waste Education Officers complete audits of General Waste, Recycling and FOGO Bins to help improve Resident’s efforts in correctly sorting waste. 

Sorting waste is a shared responsibility.  With everyone working together we can help create high quality - clean compost, less landfill and increased recycling processing.


How does it work? 

As per the Bin Audit Schedule, a random area is selected.

For Kerbside Bin Audits, Officers visually inspect bin contents on a collection day for that area. 

For Bin Composition Audits, bins are removed with full contents on a collection day.  A replacement bin is supplied.  The removed bins are returned to our Depot where Officers sort the bin contents.

Officers inform of audit via Letterbox or SMS; offer feedback as appropriate; then collate data to be analysed as a whole.  It is important to note, Resident’s personal information is protected during the audit process.

 The program focuses on education rather than enforcement.  We want to primarily support Resident’s in understanding how to do the right thing.  Most Resident’s are interested in separating their waste correctly if they are given the correct information, successfully avoiding any enforcement actions.


Knowledge Sharing

Our Waste Education Officers partner with other Local, Regional, State and Federal Government bodies to enhance communication and sharing opportunities.  We also promote the City of Bunbury’s programs and initiatives via events and other professional platforms, offering educational knowledge exchange with Community, Business, Industry and Association Groups.

Free Support Services

As part of our Education Program, the City of Bunbury offers FREE tools to Residents to help you use your bins better.  You can request 1 FREE Kitchen Caddy per property, while stocks last.  

To request or find out more simply complete the form below and email wasteeducation@bunbury.wa.gov.au 

You can also call 08 9792 7333 if you prefer or use the ‘My 3 Bins’ App to request online.

Kitchen Caddy Request Form​ 

The City also offers free compostable bags which can be used with your kitchen caddy and are good for FOGO. 
Compostable Bags are available for collection from the following locations:

  • Council Administration Office, 4 Stephen Street Bunbury.  Mon-Fri 8:30am – 5pm (except Public Holidays)

  • ​Bunbury Public Library, 1 Parkfield Street, Bunbury. Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9am – 5:30pm.  Thurs 9am – 8pm.  Sat 9am – 12pm (Sunday and Public Holidays closed)

  • Withers Community Library, Hudson Road, South Bunbury.  Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm.  Sat 9am – 12pm (Sunday and Public Holidays closed)

  • South West Sports Centre, 1 Rotary Avenue, Withers. Mon-Thurs 5:45am – 8:30pm.  Fri 5:45am – 8pm.  Sat 8am – 5pm.  Sun 9am – 5pm.  Public Holidays 10am – 2pm.

  • Works and Services Depot, 10 Sutherland Way, Picton.  Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm.

  • Bunbury - McCombe Waste Recycling Centre, 21 McCombe Road, Davenport. 10:30am to 2:30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Education Campaigns

City of Bunbury regularly rolls out education campaigns encouraging desired waste behaviours and offering additional support to the community in waste reduction, often as part of Grant Funded initiatives.

Our Live Campaigns:

No Butts Bunbury​

My 3 Bins with a Baby Workshops

The City’s Sea Bin

The City’s Reel-It-In Bins

Our e-volution #itmorethantech​

Low Waste Living

Zero Waste Cleaning 

Tips to Low Waste Living with Baby ​

​​Responsible Cafes Form

List of Responsible Cafes in Bunbury​​​