Where does your recycling go?
Have you ever wondered what happens to your recyclables once they’re collected? Different Councils have different processing partners, so the materials they accept and the processing journey can differ.
In Boroondara, our collection contractor Cleanaway collects your recycling material from your kerbside bin and takes it to VISY’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Springvale.
At VISY’s MRF, the recycling material is passed through a number of decontamination processes. It’s a fast, manual process so it can be difficult for VISY staff to capture all contamination, which is why we need to ensure only accepted items are placed in your bin.
The material is then sent around the MRF via a series of conveyor belts, where it is separated out using advanced sorting technology into specific material streams such as glass, plastics, paper, steel and aluminium. Separated materials are baled up for processing and are then turned into new products.
VISY’s packaging business processes most of the materials to make new packaging. For example, cardboard is turned into cardboard boxes, and cans are made into new cans.
Put the right thing in your bin
This National Recycling Week (8 to 14 November), we encourage you to stop and take the time to think about the items you’re placing in your recycling bin to help prevent contamination and ensure your recycling efforts really count.
Our top recycling tips:
- Keep your items empty and loose – don’t bag your recycling. Bagged material can jam the sorting machines and end up in landfill instead. Take plastic bags to REDcycle bins at Coles and Woolworths.
- If in doubt, check first – use our helpful A to Z recycling and waste guide to check your item is recyclable.
- Remember there are many specialist recycling services beyond just your household collection that can be used – ask your local retailers about any services they offer to take responsibility for the waste they generate.
How to recycle your electronic items
If it has a plug, battery, cord or any other power supply and is not working or is unwanted, it is e-waste. These items are now processed in a separate recycling program, and we offer several options to help you recycle these items correctly.
Of course it’s always best to try repairing an item before recycling it. The North Balwyn Repair Cafe can show you how to fix broken e-waste items, or if it’s in good condition consider donating it to a charity shop.
Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre
E-waste items of all sizes can be recycled at our Boroondara Recycling and Waste Centre at 648 Riversdale Road in Camberwell, COVID restrictions permitting. There are no fees for dropping off small to medium-sized e-waste (up to the size of a large microwave), however fees do apply for bigger items such as fridges, freezers and old air-conditioners.
Did you know we have six small e-waste collection points for smaller items like batteries, mobile phones, cables and broken kettles? COVID restrictions allowing, drop them at one of the following locations for recycling:
- Camberwell Customer Service: 8 Inglesby Rd, Camberwell
- Boroondara Sports Complex: 271c Belmore Rd, Balwyn North
- Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre: 8 Warner Ave, Ashburton
- Hawthorn Arts Centre: 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
- Kew Library: corner Cotham Rd and Civic Drive, Kew
- Greythorn Community Hub and Library Lounge: 2 Centre Way, Balwyn North
Hard waste collections
Households that have their kerbside bins collected by Council can book up to two hard-waste collections a year. After collection, we will separate the e-waste from other items for recycling for you. Visit Book a hard waste collection for more details.
Recycle via your retailer
Many retailers will take back your old e-waste when you buy a replacement item. Ask before you buy.