Recycling Centre Australia ♻️: there is an old saying in management that “if you can not measure it, you can not improve on it”. Apparently, the famous scientist Lord Kelvin stated this. For more useful information, see an interesting article in Forbes magazine that disputes this claim.

 

As Waster talks to companies about improving their environmental and recycling performance and reducing their costs, we started thinking: how is Australia doing as a nation regarding recycling, and can we do much better?

 

So we made this blog to help households and commercials alike become more aware. Through this blog, Waster aims to educate people more on the importance of recycling centres in Australia. We also aim to share with you the recycling centres here in Australia.

 


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Knowing what a recycling centre is

First and foremost, you have to know what a recycling centre is or what it does to better comprehend this blog. Essentially, recycling centres mainly provides a way to dispose of recyclable waste. Additionally, and most importantly, they can help divert waste from going into landfills.

 

Depending on the recycling centre, it can accept different types of waste. Usually, they accept waste coming from small and medium businesses. But others also accept both household and commercial business waste.

 

 

Recycling centre Australia: are we doing as well as other countries?

If there is one feature that Aussies are known for internationally, it is being competitive and good sports. So let us take a look at how we are doing in regards to recycling performance vs other developed countries.

 

Obviously, Australia is a bit different in many ways due to geography, isolation, etc. Is that enough to affect our recycling centres here – either negatively or positively?

 

According to Planet Ark, a recycling agency: “Overall, 51% of household waste gets recycled in Australia, relatively on par with recycling rates in northern European countries and exceeding the mean recycling rate of all 28 countries in the EU of 42%. This is quite an achievement for Australia considering the unique landscape and dispersed population that our waste services need to navigate.

 

See our blog on whether photographs can be recycled.

 

“Electronic waste is increasing at three times the rate of other types of waste in Australia. Although voluntary industry programs like ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ and MobileMuster have provided recycling options for many years it wasn’t until 2012 that national legislation meant that manufacturers and importers of TVs and computers needed to provide free recycling services to households and small businesses. In South Korea, a similar scheme began in 1992.”

 

To add:

 

“In other areas like battery recycling, Australia is still in its infancy. In the European Union, where battery recycling is mandatory, there are hundreds of thousands of collection points and initiatives designed to develop positive attitudes towards recycling in children and families.”

 

 

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Are we doing good enough?

In many ways, it looks like we are doing pretty well by international standards. It is getting easier to recycle more and more items. Check out our options for cardboard recycling and also recycling boxes for items like coffee pods, rubber gloves, cigarettes etc or how an MRF works in our resource recovery centre blog. See our blog on national resource recovery.

 

Check out our blog on how robots could soon be working in a recycling plant near you!

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The worth of recycling centres

The US-based website Conserve Energy Future is a treasure trove of information on the environment. We will quote from an article on “are benefits of recycling worth all the effort?

 

The author lists a huge number of benefits from recycling (such as cardboard and paper recycling or yellow bin mixed recycling) indicated below:

 

“Reduce the Size of Landfills: One of the biggest reasons why recycling has been promoted is that it does reduce the strain on our environment. By utilizing waste products in a constructive way, we can slowly decrease the size of our landfills. As the population grows, it will become difficult for the landfills to hold so much and trash.

 

When this happens, our cities and beautiful landscapes will face pollution, poisoning and many health problems. The benefits of recycling are that it helps to keep the pollution in check and decrease it little by little.” This is certainly true in Australia where more and more levies are being imposed on dumping at landfill in our major cities.

 

“Conserve Natural Resources: Scrap cars, old bottles, junk mail and used rubber tyres are becoming common features of our landfills. All of these may seem endless, but the resources required to make them are finishing off quickly.

 

Recycling allows all of these junk items to be used over and over again so that new resources do not have to be exploited. It conserves natural resources such as water, minerals, coal, oil, gas and timber.”

 

“Offers Cash Benefits: Recycling is not all about being charitable and doing what is good for the environment. If it were so, everybody would recycle out of the goodness of their hearts.

 

Most governments have policies in place which give financial benefits to those who recycle. People that take the aluminium cans or glass to the recycling plant, get a cash benefit in return”. This is certainly true in Australia where visiting the recycling depot can greatly reduce your general waste spend.

 

“Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: When you recycle products, you tend to save energy which results in reduced emissions. Greenhouse gases are primarily responsible for the increase in global warming.

 

It helps to reduce air and water pollution by cutting down the number of pollutants that are released into the environment. A recycling rate of 30% can is almost equivalent to removing 30 million cars from the roads.”

 

“Saves Energy: When you recycle aluminium cans, you can save 95% of the energy required to produce those cans from raw materials, energy saved from recycling one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.

 

This clearly shows how much energy can be saved if recycling is taken on a larger scale.”

 

“Stimulate the Use of Greener Technologies: With the use of more recycling products, it has pushed people towards greener technologies. Use of renewable energy sources like solar, wind, geothermal is on the rise which has helped to conserve energy and reduce pollution.”

 

As you will know from reading our blogs – Waster is committed to improving technology in all aspects of waste and recycling depot and resource recovery systems.

 

Will using robots work?

The ABC recently published a very informative article about how a modern mixed recycling plant works. You can see the article here.

 

We quote from the article below:

 

“Once the truck arrives at the plant, the material is dumped onto the tipping floor where workers can see if there is any cross-contamination that needs to be removed before it goes any further.”

 

“We’ve then got a loader that picks up the material and tips it into a hopper which will then go up a big conveyor belt,” Mr Lamb said.”

 

“Workers then check the items as they move along the conveyor to remove contaminants that could damage the plant or reduce the quality of the end product.”

 

This is the most labour intensive stage of the process – and staff must wear protective clothing in case of cuts from items like broken glass, razors etc.

 

Recycling plant robots

 

This visual separation of waste contamination is where it is envisaged smart robots can help in the future.

 

MIT recently launched a smart “dextrous” robot that can pick up items of all sizes and shapes based on using algorithms of what to exclude. You can see a video below.

 

After this human element, the mixed recycling goes through a series of hoppers, trommels and shakers.

 

Recycling centres in Australia near me

Are there any resource recovery facility near you? Find out here in this section.

 

We will state some examples of recycling centres in Australia you should know:

 

Suez Hampton recycling centre

Address:
274 Hallam Road, Hampton Park VIC 3976

Phone:
Outlook Transfer Station (public drop-off): 03 9799 6277
General Enquiries: 13 13 35
SUEZ 24/7 Environment Report Hotline:  1800 ENV REP (1800 368 737)

Accepted Waste Types:

  • Commingled waste
  • E-Waste
  • Fluorescent tubes (free of charge)
  • Food Waste
  • Garden vegetation
  • Gas bottle
  • Household and Car batteries (free of charge)
  • Lead acid batteries (free of charge)
  • Liquid Waste
  • Mattress
  • Metal (free of charge)
  • Mixed putrescible
  • Non putrescible
  • Paints eligible under Paintback scheme (free of charge)
  • Paper & Cardboard (free of charge)
  • Soil
  • TV’s/ Computers and Peripherals (free of charge)
  • Tyres
  • VENM (Virgin Excavated Natural Material)
  • Waste oil
  • Wood waste

 

Suez Artarmon recycling centre

Address:
12 Lanceley Place, Artarmon NSW 2064

Phone:
Artarmon Enquiries: 1300 651 116
General Enquiries: 13 13 35

Accepted Waste Types:

  • Batteries
  • Paint/Oil
  • Contaminated waste
  • E-waste
  • Glass
  • Gas bottle
  • Matresses
  • Metal
  • Mixed Putrescible
  • Food waste
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • White goods
  • Wood
  • Rubber

 

Suez Auburn recycling centre

Address:
Old Hill Link, Homebush Bay, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

Phone:
Auburn Enquiries: 1300 651 116
General Enquiries: 13 13 35

Accepted Waste Types:

  • Batteries
  • Building Materials
  • Paint/Oil
  • Glass
  • Garden Waste
  • Mattresses
  • Metal
  • Food Waste
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • White Goods
  • Wood
  • Rubber

 

Suez Belrose recycling centre

Address:
Crozier Road, Belrose NSW 2085

Phone:
Belrose: 1300 651 116
General Enquiries: 13 13 35

Accepted Waste Types:

  • Batteries
  • E-waste
  • Garden and Food Waste
  • Gas Bottle
  • Metal
  • Mixed Putrescible
  • Paint/Oil
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Non Putrescible
  • Tyres

 

Suez Rockdale recycling centre

Address: 
5 Lindsay Street, Rockdale NSW 2216

Phone:
General Enquiries: 13 13 35

Accepted Waste Types:

  • Lead acid batteries
  • Paint/Oil
  • Commingled waste
  • E-waste
  • Garden Waste
  • Gas bottle
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Mixed putrescible
  • Non putrescible
  • Tyres

 

Suez Ryde recycling centre

Address: 
145 Wicks Road, North Ryde NSW 2113

Phone:
Ryde Enquiries: 1300 651 116
General Enquiries: 13 13 35

 

Accepted Waste Types:

  • Batteries (Only Vehicles Batteries – Lead Acid
    Batteries)
  • Building materials
  • Paint/Oil (Waste Motor Oil Up To 20l Per Customer)
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Glass
  • Garden and Food Waste
  • Mattresses
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium and Steel Cans
  • White goods
  • Wood
  • Tyres
  • E-waste
  • Gas bottle
  • Mixed putrescible
  • Non putrescible

 

Suez Seven Hills recycling centre

Address: 
29 Powers Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147

Phone:
Seven Hills Enquiries: 1300 651 116
General Enquiries: 13 13 35

Accepted Waste Types:

  • Batteries
  • Building materials
  • Paint/Oil
  • E-waste
  • Glass
  • Garden waste
  • Mattresses
  • Metal
  • Food waste
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • White goods
  • Wood
  • Tyres
  • Rubber
  • Mixed putrescible
  • Non putrescible

See more on western Sydney waste disposal here.

 

Suez Spring Farm recycling centre

Address:

20 Barrow Rd, Spring Farm 2570

Phone:

General Enquiries: 13 13 35

 

Suez Wetherill recycling centre

Address: 

20 Davis Road, Wetherill Park NSW 2164

Phone:
Wetherill Enquiries: (02) 9609 3377
General Enquiries: 1300 651 116

Accepted Waste Types:

  • Batteries
  • Asbestos
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • E-waste
  • Garden and Food Waste
  • Gas Bottle
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Metal
  • Mixed Putrescible
  • Non Putrescible
  • Plastic
  • White Goods
  • Wood

 

Suez Eastern Creek recycling centre

Address:

Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek NSW 2766

Phone:

General Enquiries: 13 13 35

What goes in

What comes out

  • Household waste, including general waste and organics
  • High-quality compost
  • Ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • Building materials
  • Process Engineered Fuel
  • Rehabilitated soil

What goes in

What comes out

  • Garden waste, such as lawn clippings, leaves and branches
  • Sand and timber (VENM)
  • High-quality compost products
  • Mulch products
  • Biofuels

Suez Lucas Heights recycling centre

Address: 
Little Forest Rd Road, Lucas Heights NSW 2234

Phone:
General Enquiries: 13 13 35

Accepted Waste Types:

  • Asbestos
  • Construction and Demolition
  • E-Waste
  • Gas bottle
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Liquid waste
  • Metal
  • Mixed putrescible
  • Non putrescible
  • Old clothing
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Soil
  • Tyres
  • Waste oil

 

Another council tip in Australia is located in Leichhardt. Additional details are as follows:

“Council operates a weekend transfer station for the disposal of waste and recycling. It is open Saturday and Sunday for Inner West Council residents. Proof of residence is required.

Address: 50 – 54 Moore Street, Leichhardt
Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday 7:45am to 11:30am and 1pm to 3:45pm”

 

Accepted Waste Types:

  • General hard waste (other than what is placed in your normal residential garbage collection), e.g. broken or damaged furniture, toys, etc.
  • Metal
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Bottles and other recycling accepted in the normal recycling collections
  • Garden organics / green waste
  • Clothes for charity bin
  • TVs/Computers – Broken Televisions, Computers, Computer hard drives, Computer monitors, Printers, Scanners, Keyboard, Mouse

 

Other recycling centres to take note of

Aside from the above mentioned, you can find other recycling centres near you. Examples include Balcatta, Frankston, and Fremantle recycling centres.

 

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