Recycling changes for Cockburn residents
CHANGES have been made to what City of Cockburn residents can put in their yellow recycling bin.
According to the City, global market conditions have forced Perth’s recycling facilities, including Cockburn’s recycler Suez, to change what items could be placed into recycling bins.
In January the Chinese National Sword policy banned the import of plastic and paper waste that had contamination levels greater than 0.5 per cent.
The ensuing oversupply of recycled material into Asia led to Thailand banning plastic imports in June, followed by Malaysia in July and Indonesia last month.
Cockburn Waste manager Lyall Davieson said because of this, soft plastics, polystyrene, aerosol cans and meat trays were now to be excluded from the yellow recycling bins.
“Suez tells us that up to 20 per cent of recycling it receives is contaminated, compared to historic levels of 8 per cent,” he said.
“We know our residents want to make a difference by continuing to put the right things in the right bins.
“This will increase recycling rates in these challenging times, because it will prevent contaminated recyclables being rejected by potential buyers and then being sent to landfill.”
Suez state general manager Craig Barker said items such as soft plastics, polystyrene and meat trays could contaminate the plastic bottles, newspaper and cardboard that was sellable.
“Aerosols are better disposed of through council’s household hazardous waste drop-off scheme due to the risk of explosion and fire caused by flammable residue in the cans, which are a real danger for our employees at Bibra Lake,” he said.
“Meat trays also cannot go into the recycling bin.”
Residents can take polystyrene to the Henderson Waste Recovery Park for free, where it will be compacted for bulk transportation and recycling, while soft, scrunchable plastics such as plastic wrap, food packaging, cellophane and bubble wrap can be take to REDcycle collection bins in supermarkets.
Suez state general manager Craig Barker and Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett.