Recycling Changes for WA

Changes in the recycling industry and world market have imposed tighter restrictions on what can be recycled. In light of this, the South Metropolitan Regional Council, who process the City’s waste and recycling, have recently made some changes to the items that can be placed in the yellow top bin and be recycled. This is the same across the whole of Western Australia and aims to reduce contamination, create cleaner recyclables and communicates a consistent, clear message of what goes in what bin to the community.

What are the changes to recycling?

There are three main changes to what you can now put into your recycling (yellow lidded) bin. Aerosols, soft plastics and meat trays can no longer be placed in the yellow top recycling bin.

Where can I take or put these items?

  • Soft plastics (scrunchable) can be taken to any RedCycle drop off point to be recycled into new products, check out your nearest centre usually at Woolworths and Coles at www.redcycle.net.au or place them in your general waste bin.
     
  • Aerosol cans can be taken to your nearest household hazardous waste drop off location for recycling https://m.recycleright.wa.gov.au/locator/hhw-disposal.html or as a last resort place aerosols in your general waste bin.
     
  • Meat trays should be placed in your general waste bin due to contamination and the mixed use of materials used to make them.

All recyclable containers should be empty, clean and dry with lids removed and placed in the recycling bin loosely (not bagged).

 

Why the changes to recycling across WA?

Previously there has been lots of different information about what goes into your recycling bin across different councils, which has caused confusion over time about what bin to put it in. Changes in global markets and tighter restrictions on recyclables now mean that some materials previously accepted have now been excluded.

The State Government established a Waste Taskforce to help address these issues. A key outcome is that WA's three recycling processors have worked together to establish a revised recyclables list that is now standard across WA. These changes are now being communicated at a state level to inform residents about what now goes in the recycling bin. While this is not a major change, this consistency across the State will reduce contamination and create cleaner recyclables.

The State Government has launched a new website www.ownyourimpact.com.au to help reduce waste and help educate the public on the changes to recycling.

If you have any questions or for more information contact our Customer Relations Team on 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666 or email melinfo@melville.wa.gov.au

Recycling FAQ's

What are the changes to recycling?

There are three main changes to what you can now put into your recycling (yellow lidded) bin. Aerosols, soft plastics and meat trays are no longer to be placed in the yellow top bin.

  • Soft plastics (scrunchable) can be taken to any RedCycle drop off point to be recycled into new products, check out your nearest centre at www.redcycle.net.au or placed in your general waste bin.
  • Aerosol cans can be taken to your nearest household hazadous waste drop off location for recycling https://m.recycleright.wa.gov.au/locator/hhw-disposal.html or as a last resort place aerosols in your general waste bin.
  • Meat trays should be placed in your general waste bin due to contamination and the mixed use of materials used to make them.
Why the changes to recycling?

Changes in global markets and tighter restrictions on recyclables now mean that some materials previously excepted have now been excluded. This standard approach to recycling across WA will help everyone better understand what goes in what bin regardless of what Council area you live in. The aim of these changes is to reduce contamination and create cleaner recyclables for processing. 

What can be recycled?

What can go into recycling bin (yellow lid)

✔ Paper (not shredded)
✔ Cardboard including pizza boxes and waxed cartons
✔ Glass including broken glass
✔ Plastic containers and bottles 
✔ Cans (aluminium and steel)

All items should be empty, rinsed, dry with lids removed and placed loose in the bin. Max. weight limit 70kg.

What does not go into the recycling bin (yellow lid)

✘ Building waste
✘ Hazardous waste including batteries and paint
✘ Food or garden waste
✘ Nappies
✘ Soft or scrunchable plastics
✘ Aerosols 
✘ Meat trays 
✘ Polystyrene

What are soft (scrunchable) plastics?

These types of plastics are soft and can easily by scrunched up into a ball. They include items such as:

  • Plastic bags
  • Cling film (cling wrap)
  • Lids on microwaveable ready meals (plastic film)
  • Sweet wrappers and chip packets
  • Cereal bags

These items can be placed in your general waste bin or collected and taken to your nearest RedCycle drop off centre

If you are unsure about any other items and which bin to put it in check out the recycle right website or download the Recycle Righ app.(app currently being updated)

Will I receive a new waste calender?

The 2018-2019 waste calenders were distributed to all residents before the changes were announced and have some information that is now incorrect about what can go into your recycle bin. Due to the cost and waste associated with replacing printed waste calenders new calenders wont be sent out till next year. You can download a digital copy of the updated 2018-2019 waste calender here.

What is the City doing to improve recycling?

The City currently has one of the highest landfill diversion rates in Western Australia and continues to work closely with the South Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) to improve recycling and landfil diversion rates. 

The City has been trialing a 3-Bin Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) system to 7,000 households which has seen some great results with a diversion from landfill rate of 66% within the first six months. 

The SMRC implements a robust recycling and waste minimisation education campaign to the southwest area, including schools which the City supports.

The City of Melville's Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre hosts many seminars, workshops and events to help promote sustainable living, reduce waste, reuse and recycling. Find out more about upcoming events at Piney Lakes.

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