What happens to your waste?
Different things happen depending on what the waste is.....
General Waste (rubbish bin)
General waste placed in your rubbish bin is taken to the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Centre (which used to be known as the Brockway Waste Transfer Starion) in Shenton Park. The waste is transferred into heavy haulage trucks and transported to landfill in Baldivis.
Soon all household waste produced in the western suburbs will be processed through an advanced waste treatment system. It will recover recyclables, generates biogas (renewable energy) and convert the organic fraction of waste into compost. By doing this it will divert the majority of your waste from landfill.
Recyclables (recycling bin)
Recyclable items placed in your recycling bin are transported to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). At the MRF, the recyclables pass through a series of conveyors and screens to separate the material according to size and type. Employees at the facility then manually remove contamination (items that cannot be recycled). Plastic, paper and cardboard are individually baled and sold for recycling into new items.For more details specific to your council, follow the links below
Recyclables (taken to waste transfer station)
Our Member Council residents can drop off many recyclables at the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Centre for FREE during opening hours. These include plastic, cardboard, paper, scrap metal, batteries, electronic waste and printer cartridges which you can place in the recycling bins. Further details here. These are transported to companies capable of re-using the materials in order to maximise their future uses.
Mattresses are also accepted for recycling for a subsidised fee.
Greenwaste (verge collection or taken to waste transfer station)
Greenwaste collected by your Council during a verge collection or greenwaste delivered to the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility is stockpiled. Fees apply for delivered greenwaste. A contractor is engaged to transport the bulk greenwaste to a composting facility. Once composted, the material is re-used in the local horticulture industry.
Household Hazardous Waste (taken to the waste transfer station)
Up to 20l/20kg of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be accepted from Member Council residents at the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility for FREE during opening hours. Click here for details of what's accepted. It will be stored in specialised hazardous waste cabinets (according to hazardous classifications) until ready for contractors to collect it for safe disposal or to recover valuable constituents.
This Program is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account
Member Council residents can place Electronic waste (e-waste) in the recycling bins at the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility for FREE. It is collected by a contractor who manually dismantles the e-waste and sorts the components for recycling. Components recovered such as copper, silver, plastic and glass are then sent to specialised recyclers and made into new products.
This program is supported by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account
Paper and cardboard
Member Council residents can place paper and flattened cardboard in the recycling bins at the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility for FREE. It is collected by a local waste collection company who bale and sell it for recycling into new paper and cardboard.
Compact fluorescent lights
Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) can be placed in the recycling bin at the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility for FREE. They can also be dropped off at one of our recycling bins located throughout the area. Click here for locations. The CFLs are processed by specialist contractors into new products such as glass wool for insulation batts, dental amalgam and fertilisers.
Batteries are regularly collected from over 20 battery bins located across the region in libraries, Council offices, schools and other public places. Click here for locations. The batteries are taken to the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility where they are weighed and stockpiled. You can also drop them off for FREE
The batteries are then sent to AusZinc in New South Wales as part of a joint Perth metropolitan regional council shipment. The components and metals recovered from the batteries are separated, melted and recycled into new products such as street lights, batteries, car parts and steel frames for houses. Batteries that cannot be recycled in Australia will be exported to European battery recycling facilities.
Scrap metal placed in the recycling bin at the JFR (Jim) McGeough Resource Recovery Facility is transported to a local scrap metal merchant. The scrap metal is melted down and used to make new products.