Re­cy­cling changes for Cock­burn res­i­dents

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Suez state gen­eral man­ager Craig Barker and Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett.

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