yellow top bins

Contents from your yellow-topped bin, are sorted and baled at the RRRC and sold for reprocessing.

The features of this process are:
Yellow Top Bins Process 1

  1. 1Starting in the home, residents place all recyclables and non compostable material in the yellow-topped bin.
  2. 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.
  3. 3All recyclable and non compostable material is taken to the SMRC.
  4. 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
  5. 5large, slow-moving conveyor belt, which distributes the material for inspection and separation.
  6. 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.

Yellow Bins Process 2

  1. 6Through the combined work of automated machines and SMRC staff, all paper products are removed from the co-mingled recyclables.
  2. 7High-tech optical sorters (the first of their kind in Western Australia) scan a fast moving conveyor belt looking for all other mixed plastics.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 10 & 11Other machines are used to create electronic fields which repel aluminium and steel containers. Glass is crushed and primed for local use.

Yellow Bins Process 3

  1. 12Baled recyclables are taken to factories.
  2. 13At the factories the recycled materials are turned into new products including tin cans, papers, plastic bottles, Hi-Vis vests, new glass etc…
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