Fremantle residents aged 65 and over can now have selected unwanted household items collected from their doorstep for free, thanks to the City of Fremantle’s new home collection service.
As part of the service, the City will collect whitegoods like fridges and washing machines, old mattresses, and e-waste like TV’s and computers and take them away to be recycled.
Angela Zeck, who recently had an old mattress collected from her Beaconsfield home, said she was impressed with the service.
“The whole process of booking online to arrange the pick-up was very easy, and the council staff who came to collect the mattress were really friendly and helpful,” Mrs Zeck said.
“It can be difficult to get down to the recycling centre to drop things off, so to have someone come and pick things up off your doorstep is fantastic. It’s a great little service.”
The City’s senior recycling officer Conor Boyle said Mrs Zeck’s mattress would be broken up and recycled into materials with a range of different uses.
“The springs are compacted in a huge press then reprocessed into various steel products, foam is compacted and used in carpet underlay, and wood gets shredded and used for chicken bedding and composting,” Mr Boyle said.
“People who are interested in the innovative approaches we’re taking in recycling other products are welcome to call into the recycling centre and see me at the weekend. I’m always keen to hear new ideas and ways we can improve our recycling rates.”
For more information or to book a collection call the City on 9432 9999 or visit the Home Collection Servicepage on our website.
The home collection service for seniors is in addition to the City’s regular bulk waste verge collection.
The verge pick-up is currently underway in areas north of South Street, and will start in areas south of South Street on 20 November.
Fremantle residents can also drop off recyclable materials at the City’s upgraded and expanded recycling centre on Montreal Street.
For details of the verge collection and more information about the recycling centre visit the Waste and Recycling page on our website.