Re­cy­clables fully re­cov­ered: SMRC

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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