EVER WONDERED – What happens to the recycling collected kerbside ?
It is important to know where our recycling, green organics and general waste to landfill goes locally.
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-:
- Kerbside collected recyclables are currently being delivered to the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA), a SA EPA licensed Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)*.
- You may have seen recent media about contents of yellow-lid bins not being recycled in some parts of Australia. NAWMA would like to reassure our residents and Councils that use our award winning facility, that recyclables recovered from its yellow-lid bins are sorted at our Edinburgh MRF. After this your glass, steel and aluminium are recycled in Adelaide, paper in NSW and, importantly, mixed plastics are currently processed right here in South Australia at RPA in Kilburn. Please keep recycling and supporting local jobs! (Statement from NAWMA -15 April 2019) .
- CLICK HERE to see what happens at the NAWMA MRF
- Green organic waste is processed by FRWA at Peat’s Soil and Garden on the mainland (some mulching at Goolwa WRD) and at the FRWA Kangaroo Island Resource Recovery Centre (HotRot in-vessel composting) and offered back to communities as mulch/compost.
- 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.
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 recycling 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 , glass, hard plastics and other dry recyclables||Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA), a SA EPA licensed Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).||NAWMA MRF Information|
|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|
|Batteries||Periodically picked up from WRDs by CMA Recycling||CMAECOCYCLE|
|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 in landfill, 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 in 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.
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 Waste and Recycling Depots (WRDs) and provision of waste education for member councils.