In light of
last night’s Four Corners episode, we want to reassure residents that
the recyclables you place in your yellow-lid bin are, in fact, being recycled.
processing contractor, SKM, sorts the collected kerbside recyclables into
various commodities, which are then sold to various companies around
Australia and overseas.
- Paper/cardboard: This is highly sought and is supplied to local and
overseas markets for re use.
- Glass: Container glass is separated into different colours,
then broken up so that it is ready for use by manufacturers like Oi and Arora
within Australia. Some of the product is refined and sold off as glass
sands to various local markets.
colour-sorting process adds value to the recyclable glass. The NSW glass
shown on Four Corners was unsorted (by colour) so it was not suitable
for reuse to make single colour green, brown or clear bottles and containers
for food and beverage use.
- Metals: Aluminium and steel are sold off to smelters
- Plastics: These are generally separated into specific product
types and traded for re use to local and overseas markets.
want to stress how important recycling is. We have had a huge response to our
recent recycling campaign and the results of our recent bin audits show more
people are putting their waste in the right bins.
Please keep up your
great recycling work, Geelong!