Recycling Update

Published: Thursday, 26 April 2018 at 12:00:00 AM

RECYCLING

The Shire of Waroona’s recycling is collected by Cleanaway who transport it to the Mandurah Transfer Station.  Here it is mixed with recycling from other nearby regions and placed into specially designed trailers which transfer it to Cleanaway’s brand new, state of the art Material Recovery Facility in South Guildford.  This $25M facility is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and allows Cleanaway to cost effectively sort your co-mingled recyclables into high quality commodity streams.  The co-mingled recyclables are sorted both via mechanical separation using disc screens and optical sorters, as well as by hand with approximately 20 sorters employed to remove contamination from the recyclables.  This is why it is very important to ensure your recyclables are clean, dry and free of contaminants such as plastic bags, food and clothing.  Once the recyclables are separated into paper, cardboard, HDPE (milk bottles), PET (soft drink bottles), aluminium, steel and mixed plastics, they are then baled and placed into sea containers ready for export.  Despite the severe downturn in the international commodity market for recyclables, Cleanaway is still able to find markets for these materials in South East Asian Countries, where the materials are refined further and used as raw materials in new manufacturing processes.  Glass is uneconomical to recycle back into glass and is therefore crushed into a sand replacement product and reused locally in road construction.

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