Where does our kerbside waste go?
The Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) is an entity formed by its four member councils and is responsible for kerbside waste collection, the operation of four (4) Waste and Recycling Depots (WRDs) and provision of waste education for member councils.
Waste collected through the kerbside system and at Waste and Recycling Depot (WRD) or Kangaroo Island Resource Recovery Centre (KIRRC) is currently managed as follows-:
- General waste goes to landfill – either Southern Region Waste Resource Authority (SRWRA), at Pedler Creek or Brinkley Waste and Recycling Facility (operated by Adelaide Hills Waste Management Authority) both sites are EPA licensed and complying landfills in South Australia
- Kerbside collected recyclables are being delivered to SKM facilities in South Australia, which are also SA EPA licensed facilities
- Green organic waste is processed by FRWA on all four FRWA sites and offered back to communities as mulch. Green organic waste from District Council of Yankalilla is sent Peat’s Soil and Garden.
Other recyclables are being managed as follows
|10 cents drink containers||Local CDL depots||South Coast Recycling and Scrap Metal Co|
|Construction and demolition waste (inert)||Periodic crushing into road base at the Goolwa WRD|
|Waste Oil||Collected in waste oil stations at WRDs and periodically picked up by licenced operator for recycle in SA|
|Scrap metal and e-waste not covered under the National Scheme||Sold to SA merchants for recycling|
|e-waste covered under the National Scheme||Managed through an Approved Arrangement under the National TV and Computer Recycling Stream and processed in SA||TechCollect Where does our E-waste Go?|
|Paper and cardboard||SKM facilities in SA||SKM Recycling|
|Tyres||Periodically picked up by Tyre Cycle (SA company) for processing||TyreCycle|
|Mobile phones||Mobile Muster||Mobile Muster|
|X-Rays||Periodically picked up from WRDs by CMA Recycling||CMAECOCYCLE|
|Light globes, fluorescent tubes||Periodically picked up from WRDs by CMA Recycling||CMAECOCYCLE||Fluorescent lamp recycling brochure|
|Mattresses||Stripped at WRDs, springs recycled as scrap metal, fabric to landfill|
The State Government in South Australia, through the EPA, have regulations and powers on how waste must be managed which includes penalties for improper management, including of illegal dumping. The key document that governs our day-to day operations is the Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010 states that it is an offence to dispose of materials that have been collected for recycling.
FRWA’s operations are in compliance with legislative requirements.
Materials segregated for recycling are being processed at our worksites or picked up by or delivered to companies that are licensed to process those materials.
FRWA has no contracts with Bingo (company mentioned in ABC War on Waste 2017). FRWA engages Cleanaway’s grinding services from time to time for green waste stockpiled at FRWA’s Waste and Recycling Depot which is subject to periodic grinding campaigns at our worksites.
UPDATE Recycling in South Australia – 26 APRIL 2018
The waste management and resource recovery industry is a significant sector of the economy with an annual turnover of around $1 billion, contributing more than $500 million to Gross State Product in South Australia, employing around 4,800 people, largely in the local government and the private sector.
For South Australia, the amount of recovered materials exported is relatively small in comparison with the amount re‑processed locally, with 87 per cent of all recovered material reported reprocessed within South Australia, 8 per cent was processed interstate and 5 per cent was exported overseas.