Changes under uniform recycling rules
New recycling rules have been adopted by City of Rockingham after Perth’s three material recovery facilities developed a uniform set of recycling rules for the metropolitan area.
Residents will notice only a few changes, with polystyrene, aerosol cans and soft plastics no longer able to be recycled in the yellow-lid recycling bin.
Ultra-high temperature plastics such as silver-lined milk or juice cartons are now also required to be placed in the redlid waste bin.
The changes come after a move by China to ban imports on certain types of recyclable waste, which has impacted on SouthEast Asian recycling markets as well as Australia.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the changes from the material recovery facilities would improve the quality of recyclables.
“Due to the changes in the world’s recycling markets, one set of rules has been established for the Perth metropolitan area,” Mr Sammels said. “No matter where you live, items accepted in the recycling bin will be the same.
“These changes will help avoid confusion for residents.”
Aerosols are a fire risk and can instead be taken to Millar Road
Landfill Facility (free), while polystyrene such as black foam meat trays and soft plastics like frozen vegetable packets need to
be placed in the red-lid waste bin.
However, white foam polystyrene can be recycled free at Millar Road Landfill.