Frequently Asked Questions

About our site | Shopping at BRS | Items and accepted donations

About our site

How do I access the Balcatta Recycling Shop?

Entrance to the Recycling Shop and recycling facilities is on the left. Please stop at the gate and see our staff for directions.

To access the shop, enter and park in the carpark on the right and walk across the cross walk. Please note that shoes must be worn on site at all times and any dogs must be kept on a leash.

The hazardous waste section is managed by the City of Stirling and can be accessed on the left lane.

Is the BRS managed by the City of Stirling?

The BRS is managed by Workpower and is a social enterprise that supports the employment of people with disability. All profits go towards providing work experience opportunities to our recycling team.

Shopping at BRS

Our shop is open from 7.30am – 4pm, 7 days per week (including bank holidays)

Do I have to be a City of Stirling resident to visit or shop at BRS?

No, anyone is welcome to browse or buy.

Do I have to live in the city of Stirling to drop off recycling and household goods?

No, we can take goods from anyone.

How can I pay for my goods?

We accept cash and EFTPOS payments.

Can you search the shop for a specific item on my behalf?

Due to the large volume of stock moving in and out of our site every day, we’re not able to search for specific items. The best way to know if we have something in stock would be to drop by and check what’s in stock on the day.

Can I reserve an item before heading to site?

All items are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be reserved ahead of time.

Can I buy an item online?

We don’t accept online payments or reservations.

How can I find out what’s available at BRS?

We regularly update our Facebook and Instagram pages with new items – follow us to get the latest info!

Are your prices negotiable?

We work hard to ensure that our prices are competitive and fair for the products on offer. As such, we’re not able to negotiate on prices.

Have the prices gone up?

Wherever possible, we have kept our prices at the same level. However, to offset the costs of site operation, machinery, and safety measures, some rare, specialised, or especially pristine items do carry a slightly increased price. This allows us to keep prices low across the Centre and ensure that our customers have access to the same amazing quality prices they know and love!

Do you have loan trailers?

Not at this stage, but you can loan a trailer from Kennards Hire on the corner of Balcatta Road and Erindale Road. Please ensure you bring the approved tie-down straps to secure your load.

Items and accepted donations

What do you take?

We accept…
  • Good quality household goods, including:
    • Furniture with no rips or stains
    • Electrical goods in working order
    • Sporting equipment
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Crockery and cutlery
    • Ornaments and artwork
    • Tools
    • Toys and pushbikes
    • Clothes
    • Books and CD’s
  • Construction supplies, including:
    • Doors and windows
    • Metal sheeting
    • Fence panels 
  • Clear soft plastics, not white/coloured (bubble wrap, plastic bags, and cling wrap)
  • Plastic containers (milk cartons, clear drinking bottles)
  • Hard polystyrene (without paint or tape)
  • Scrap metal
  • Cardboard
  • Glass containers and bottles

We don’t accept…
  • Mattresses
  • Hazardous waste
  • Fridges
  • Heavily damaged or soiled household items
  • Car bodies
  • Items for children, including:
    • Bunk beds
    • Child car seats and restraints
    • Child play equipment & toys for the under 3’s (toys for children over 3 years are accepted)
    • Cots (household and portable)
    • Prams and strollers
  • Prohibited items:
    • Aquatic toys and flotation aids
    • Blinds with chords
      Gas heaters and stoves
    • Helmets (including for bicycles, motorbikes and horse riding)
    • Mattresses (bed frames are acceptable)
    • Vehicle jacks, ramps and support stands (but can be taken to scrap metal)

Where can I dispose of hazardous waste?

The Hazardous Waste section is located at bays 9 and 10 and can take:

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Aerosols
  • Batteries (household only)
  • Engine coolants and glycols
  • Fire extinguishers, (non halon red only)
  • Flammables
  • Flares
  • Fluorescent lamps and tubes (no commercial quantities accepted)
  • Gas cylinders (household only)
  • Household chemicals (e.g. cleaners)
  • Paint (domestic quantities)
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Poisons/toxics
  • Pool chemicals (maximum 20kg only)
  • Smoke detectors
  • Unknown chemicals (must be sealed in chemical resistant containers)
  • Motor oil (Maximum 20L only, no empty oil bottles will be accepted)
  • Authorised BD Yellow Sharps Collector containers
  • E-waste (i.e. televisions, computers and accessories, household appliances)
  • Car batteries
  • Old CDs & DVDs

The Hazardous waste section cannot take medicines and loose syringes.

Do you buy goods?

We take donated goods only.

What do donations to BRS support?

Donations of household goods help Workpower provide employment for people with disability, and assist us with the costs of running and improving our centre.