Recyclables fully recovered: SMRC
THE South Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) has issued a statement emphasising that 85 per cent of recyclables collected in yellow-topped bins are recovered to the fullest extent possible and eventually made into new products.
The statement came after a recent ABC Four Corners investigation into Australian waste management practices alleged widespread illegal dumping in Queensland.
The Four Corners broadcast alleged that since the Queensland State Government abolished its landfill levy in 2014 it had become cheaper to truck waste to Queensland than it was to dispose of it and pay the levy in the state where it was generated.
The SMRC, of which the City of Fremantle, the City of Cockburn and the Town of East Fremantle are member councils, said recovered glass was ground and used in road base, while recycled plastics, paper, cardboard, steel and aluminium were valuable commodities in the domestic and international markets.
“The SMRC plays an important role in working towards increased recycling rates and encourages the community to assist our efforts by ensuring they continue to put the right thing in the right bin,” its statement said.