Contents from your yellow-topped bin, are sorted and baled at the RRRC and sold for reprocessing.
The features of this process are:
- 1Starting in the home, residents place all recyclables and non compostable material in the yellow-topped bin.
- 2These materials are known as ‘co-mingled recyclables’ and are collected by the SMRC’s member councils for delivery to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for processing.
- 3All recyclable and non compostable material is taken to the SMRC.
- 4At the MRF, trucks unload the co-mingled recyclables onto the tipping floor. A loader then scoops up the co-mingled recyclables and places them on a
- 5large, slow-moving conveyor belt, which distributes the material for inspection and separation.
- At a number of points in the process, SMRC staff examine the co-mingled recyclables to remove all non recyclable material. Maintaining the quality of the final product is vital to the success of the MRF.
- 6Through the combined work of automated machines and SMRC staff, all paper products are removed from the co-mingled recyclables.
- 7High-tech optical sorters (the first of their kind in Western Australia) scan a fast moving conveyor belt looking for all other mixed plastics.
- 8The paper is then further sorted into newspaper, cardboard and ordinary paper. The sorted paper is stored in large bunkers prior to being sent to the baler.
- 9One of the final steps is for the plastics, metal and glass to be separated. The electronic computer controlled eyes scan a fast moving conveyor belt looking for type 2 plastics (white opaque plastic used in milk and juice bottles), type 1 plastics (clear cool drink bottles) and all other mixed plastics.
- 10 & 11Other machines are used to create electronic fields which repel aluminium and steel containers. Glass is crushed and primed for local use.
- 12Baled recyclables are taken to factories.
- 13At the factories the recycled materials are turned into new products including tin cans, papers, plastic bottles, Hi-Vis vests, new glass etc…