Recycling: Where does it go?

published on Wednesday, 17 March 2021 at 10:11:43 AM

Recycling: Where does it go?


‘Recycling is one of the most important ways to protect the environment, reducing waste bound for landfill and reusing non-renewable materials… recycling today will leave the planet in a better pace for future generations.’ Ecocycle 2018.


The Shire of Plantagenet receives many enquiries regarding recycling and where it goes.

The Shire’s co-mingled recycling, including that which is left at O’Neill Road, is collected by Cleanaway and taken to their Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) located at Albany’s Hanrahan Road Landfill site.


Currently, this is what happens after the materials leave the MRF:


Glass bottles and jars – are transported to Adelaide to be recycled into new glass bottles, construction materials, road surfaces, new glass bottles and jars, tiles, flooring, bench tops.                                

Steel and aluminum cans – are purchased by Metal Management companies for local steel production and for export recycling markets. Products from steel cans include: refrigerators, cars, guard rails and railway tracks. Products from aluminum cans include: new cans, aeroplane parts, cement, dishwashers, jewellery, pet tags.                       

Plastic bottles and containers – are supplied to the WA operation of one of the world’s largest recycling and waste recovery companies for supply to their worldwide recycling operations. New products include: Sustainable active wear, shopping bags, polar fleece, park benches, dog collars and leashes, mats and rugs, prosthetics.

Bales of cardboard – as with plastic bottles and containers, they are supplied to a major recycling and waste recovery company as material for their worldwide recycling operations.

Bales of paper – are sold directly from Cleanaway operations to markets in China, Indonesia and India for recycling by paper mills and pulp processors. Products made from recycled paper and cardboard include: new paper, egg cartons, kitty litter.


Albany MRF and upcoming changes to recycling destinations

In June 2021 Cleanaway’s South Guildford MRF and Distribution Centre will be reopening. This will allow Cleanaway to sell bales of recycled material directly to recyclers and manufacturers.

In July 2022 all recycling collected in Australia WILL NOT be allowed, by law, to be exported. It will have to be, at a minimum, processed to a first stage raw material or be turned into a completely new product, in Australia.




New Plastic Recycling Plant for WA!

Yes, totally true!

Cleanaway, in partnership with the Pact Group, Australasia’s biggest manufacture of plastic packaging products, have attracted funding from the Recycling Modernisation Fund and the WA State Government to build a plastic recycling plant in WA. It is expected that, annually, over 17,000 tons of plastic waste will be processed into nearly 14,000 tons of resin and polymer flake which will be used to make packaging for food, household and industrial products.


Go to this link to see Albany’s MRF in operation:


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