What happens to my waste? (2 bins)

What happens to my waste? (2 bins)

Yellow-Topped Bin

Your recycling is trucked to the Material Recovery Facility in Bibra Lake. This recovery facility was built using state-of-art technology to ensure the maximum recovery of recyclables. The MRF can process up to 30 tonnes per hour – that is equivalent to four full recycling trucks.

The Recycling Centre accepts ‘mixed recycling’ (i.e. mixed plastic and cardboard containers, cans and bottles).

That makes recycling easier for everyone, as recyclables don’t need to be separated for collection.

Collection trucks bring recyclables to our recycling centre in Bibra Lake, 20km south of the Perth CBD. The recyclables are unloaded into an area called the “tipping floor”.

From the tipping floor, recycling is placed onto a conveyor belt to commence processing. Recycling is then sorted by MRF machinery or by hand into “material streams” of:

Papers: Plastics
Cardboard PET (plastic code 1) Glass
Newspaper HDPE (plastic code 2) Aluminium cans
Mixed paper Mixed (plastic codes 3-7) Steel

Once separated, the different streams are baled (except glass) and sent for remanufacturing into new products.

Non-recyclables are then transferred to the Waste Transfer Station for disposal at in Landfill.

Red-Topped Bin

The contents of your general waste bin (which may have a red or a dark green lid) are sent to the Stanley Road Waste Management Facility in Wellesley.

Waste that is sent to landfill is emptied and compacted on the ground where it is buried forever.

Organic waste in landfill creates methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Organic waste should always be placed in your FOG bin to be recovered as compost.

Recyclable material in your general waste bin is a waste of resources that could be recovered and turned into something else.

Your general waste bin should have as little waste as possible in it.