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What happens next to recycled items

Many items that can't go into your green, yellow or red bins can be taken to a Waste Facility to be recycled into new products.

Why buying recycled products matters

Buying products made from recycled materials makes recycling more sustainable. When you buy products high in recycled materials, you are helping to ‘close the recycling loop’. You will support and encourage our manufacturing industry to continue to produce items from recycled materials. You are saving these products from landfill, removing the need for the environment to deal with them while reducing the use of new resources including energy and water.

To find out what happens next to recycled items check the listing below

 

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Single use and rechargeable batteries are taken to Kew and Port Macquarie Community Recycling Centres where they are collected under the  Community Recycling Centres Program. Supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA),  the program aims to increase community awareness of good recycling and disposal practices for household problem wastes and to provide a sustainable solution for managing them.

 

 

Car batteries are taken to Kew and Port Macquarie Community Recycling Centres where they are collected under the  Community Recycling Centres Program. Supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the program aims to increase community awareness of good recycling and disposal practices for household problem wastes and to provide a sustainable solution for managing them. Lead acid batteries are sent to recyclers where the lead, acid and plastic are recovered and recycled.

 

Bicycles are recycled as scrap metal into new products.

 

Depending on the building material, some can be recycled e.g. concrete, bricks, metal or packaging. Treated timber or materials not sorted correctly will go to landfill.

 

Butane gas canisters are processed by a local contractor at Cairncross Waste Management Facility.  The gas is recovered for reuse and the canisters and brass valves are recycled for scrap metal.

 

Depending on the car part these can be recycled (e.g. metal parts) or landfilled at Cairncross Waste Facility.

 

Chemicals are taken to Kew and Port Macquarie Community Recycling Centres where they are collected under the  Community Recycling Centres Program. Supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the program aims to increase community awareness of good recycling and disposal practices for household problem wastes and to provide a sustainable solution for managing them.

 

 

Depending on quality, Clean Fill / VENM is either landfilled or used for site operations at Cairncross Waste Management Facility.

 

Good condition clothing delivered to Port Macquarie Domestic Waste Facility is collected by a charity shop.

This material is crushed at Council’s Cairncross Waste Management Facility to produce crushed concrete aggregate. This is then used in road works and other earthwork’s applications.    

 

Drum Muster will collect this material and it will be recycled into new products.  Drum Muster provides Australian agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a recycling pathway for eligible empty agvet chemical containers. 

 

E-waste is collected by a regional contractor and transported to MRI e-cycle solutions in Sydney for processing.

Fluorescent light tubes and globes are taken to Kew and Port Macquarie Community Recycling Centres where they are collected under the  Community Recycling Centres Program. Supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the program aims to increase community awareness of good recycling and disposal practices for household problem wastes and to provide a sustainable solution for managing them.  Fluorescent tubes and globes contain mercury. Recyclers crush the tubes to separate the phosphor powder from the glass. They feed the powder through receiving containers, where it is filtered to capture fugitive mercury emissions. The mercury is then separated by distillation and sold for a range of industrial uses. The metals are also recycled.

 

 

Fire extinguishers are processed by a local contractor at Cairncross Waste Management Facility.  The extinguishers are recycled for scrap metal.

 

Should furniture not be in re-useable condition it will be landfilled at Council’s Cairncross Waste Facility.

 

Gas bottles are processed by a local contractor at Cairncross Waste Management Facility.  The gas is recovered for reuse and the steel cylinders and brass valves are recycled for scrap metal.

Household hazardous waste is taken to Kew and Port Macquarie Community Recycling Centres where they are collected under the  Community Recycling Centres Program. Supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the program aims to increase community awareness of good recycling and disposal practices for household problem wastes and to provide a sustainable solution for managing them.

 

Gas tanks are processed by a local contractor at Cairncross Waste Management Facility.  The gas is recovered for reuse and the tanks are recycled for scrap metal.

 

Mattresses are collected by a contractor and processed at Kempsey Waste Management Centre.  The mattresses are manually stripped down and components are separated - springs, foam, wood, wadding, coir fibre, cotton, fabric, casters, legs and other binding.  Materials are used in the remanufacturing of various items such as carpet underlay and weed mats.

Please visit Mobile Muster for drop off locations in our local area and information on how these materials are recycled.

 

Cooking oil will be recycled into biodiesel, stock feeds, soap and candles.

 

Motor oil will be refined and recycled. Used oil can be processed to become a lubricant or used for waste to energy.

 

Paint is taken to Kew and Port Macquarie Community Recycling Centres where they are collected under the  Community Recycling Centres Program. Supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the program aims to increase community awareness of good recycling and disposal practices for household problem wastes and to provide a sustainable solution for managing them.  Paints are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are recycled.

 

 

Paint and paint tins are processed and recycled.

Should items be accepted as reusable/saleable they will be forwarded to a charity shop. Otherwise these will be landfilled at Council’s Cairncross Waste Management Facility.

 

These will be degassed (if not presented with certificate) and then recycled as scrap metal.

 

Scrap metal is transported to Newcastle for processing.

 

Tyres will be recycled into crumb rubber, metal or nylon and used in multiple applications.

 

Whitegoods will be recycled as scrap metal.

 

X-rays are processed in a refinery to extract the silver.  The silver is reused for things such as silver solder, jewellery, the silver plating of utensils, electrical components and film manufacture.

 

This page was last updated on: 19 June 2020