frequently asked questions

Lids and containers are made from different types of materials. By separating them and putting both the lid and container into the recycling bin, you are increasing our ability to recover precious resources. When the lid is kept on a container, the items inside have the potential to go putrid, contaminate other recyclables, and be hazardous to workers. It is for these reasons that we ask you to remove the lid from bottles.
Containers, especially those holding organic waste, should be rinsed prior to placing into the recycling bin. Recyclables are sorted at the SMRC into different types, before being bailed and sent to a factory for further processing. In the process, workers come in contact with your recyclables. To ensure it is a safe environment for our workers, and to reduce the potential of putrid contamination, please rinse your containers before placing them into the recycling bin. That said, if you are unable to rinse your recyclables, we still prefer them to be placed in the yellow top bin. This way the item can still be recovered instead of going into landfill and it does not contaminate the compost produced from the green-topped general waste bin.
Items which have not been rinsed should still be placed into the recycling bin, including glass. We ask for containers to be rinsed for hygiene reasons, so “dirty” becomes open to interpretation. This way the item can still be recovered instead of going into landfill and it does not contaminate the compost produced from the green-topped general waste bin.
All construction waste needs to be disposed of properly. If you place bricks, pavers, rubble, or other construction waste into either your green or yellow-topped bins, it can damage the sorting equipment. Help the SMRC improve recovery rates by doing the right thing and disposing of this waste properly. You can use our mobile recycling app to locate your nearest local construction and demolition waste disposal site, landfill site or transfer station.
The Recycle Right education program, which includes tours, incursions, and education resources, is tailored to the sustainability cross-curriculum requirements.
Free tours of the Regional Resource Recovery Centre meet all nine sustainability organising ideas.
For further information about the free tours and incursions please contact our Tour Guide at tours@smrc.com.au, or on 9256 9525.
Your green-topped general waste bin is composted instead of going into landfill. It is taken to the RRRC where the waste is sorted to remove large and hazardous items. Waste is then placed inside one of our four digestors. Inside the digestor the waste is broken down by microbes and made into compost. Material is then sieved to remove any metals and materials which did not breakdown during the digestor process. The compost then spends four weeks at the RRRC maturing and undergoes chemical testing. Contractor NutraRich then further processes the compost to meet industry standards. This compost is then finally used by Western Australian agriculture.
New technology and improved methods mean these materials and the resources they contain are able to be separated, recovered and recycled. To ensure these items are recovered, please remember to recycle composite materials and separate the different products (for example, plastics, paper, metal) if possible.

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