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'Recycling - What does and does not go in the yellow top bin!'

NAWMA provides a 240 litre bin for recycling. The bins are easily identified with a bright yellow lid, which features a list of items suitable for recycling.

Using the recycling bin is simple just drop your recyclables in it and wheel it out. You do not have to separate or tie your papers and cardboard. Do not use any plastic bags in your recycling bin.

What should I put in the recycling bin?

First note that the majority of the recyclables are sorted by hand. For this reason certain recyclable items cannot go into the recycle bin; ie shredded paper, this is impossible to hand sort therefore this is better going in the garden and food organics collection bin.

Here is what we can recycle:

NAWMA cannot sort or recycle:

Furniture and any other reusable products can now be dropped off at the Salvage and Save Shop on Bellchambers Road, part of NAWMA's Resource Recovery Centre

If you are not sure, ring NAWMA on the freecall number 1800 111 004 (charges may apply from mobiles) or (08) 8252 9666.

What happens to the recyclables?

NAWMA, through its contractor SITA, delivers recyclable material to the world class Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Edinburgh North. The MRF is operated by VISY Pty Ltd and NAWMA.

NAWMAs recycling collection service currently receives over 20,000 tonnes of material from member Councils and a further 8,000 tonnes from client Councils including Adelaide Hills, The Barossa, Barunga West, Clare/Gilbert, Clare Valley Waste, (transporting from Mt Remarkable, Peterborough and Wakefield Regional Council) Copper Coast, Goyder Regional, Light Regional, Mallala and Yorke Peninsula.

A combination of manual and leading edge technology is used to sort and package material suitable for recycling. Recycled products are manufactured and dispatched to locations locally, and all over the world.

Bottles (2K)

Glass bottles and broken glass go to Amcor Glass.

Steel is transported to OneSteel (previously BHP) in Whyalla to be melted down and used to make new steel products.

Tins (2K)

Aluminium cans are sent to Statewide with the foil trays going to Simsmetal.

Cartons (2K)

Cardboard and paper
Loads of clean cardboard, along with mixed paper and cardboard, are baled and sent to VISYs own paper mills. Each month an average of 1,250 tonnes are baled at our Edinburgh North site. VISY also takes advantage of high export prices sending excess loads to overseas markets.

papers (4K)

Milk and fruit juice cartons are recycled into high quality office paper at Nowra in NSW.

Old newspapers can be used by Fibrecycle in Adelaide to make into insulation, or by Fletcher Challenge Mills in Albury, NSW to be made back into newsprint.

Plastic (3K)

On most plastic products you buy there is a triangle with a number in it. This number identifies the polymers used to make the plastic. It does not necessarily mean that the container can be recycled, on the other hand not having a triangle does not mean they cannot be recycled. All household rigid plastic containers (those that hold their shape) are suitable for the sorting and recycling process.

To check if a container is suitable for sorting give it a squeeze, if it holds it shape or returns to it's shape put it in, if it cracks and splits it goes in the bin with the red lid.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) deposit bottles, such as soft drink bottles, are sent to Statewide for reimbursement of the deposit, which is then used to help cover some of the costs associated with the recycling collection and sorting.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) non-deposit bottles, such as dishwashing liquid, are sent directly to ACI Petalite in Albury, NSW, where they are granulated and used for a variety of products, including sleeping-bag filling and waterproof jackets.

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) containers, such as plastic milk bottles, are sent to Plastics Granulating Service in Adelaide. The granules are then sent to RibLoc at Gepps Cross to be made into stormwater pipes.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) containers, such as cordial bottles, are sent to Cryogrind in Geelong, Victoria to be made into electrical conduit.

Plastic Recyclers Australia (PRA) recycles Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), used for making plastic lids, into plastic stakes.

Polypropylene (PP) containers, such as ice cream containers, are also sent to Plastics Granulating Service in Adelaide.

Polystyrene (PS), (These items can not currently be sorted and should not go in the yellow lidded recycle bin) used to make margarine containers and meat trays, is also used by PRA.

Unlike glass, steel and aluminium, plastics are not melted down. As such, the recycling process does not eliminate the possibility of contamination. For this reason, plastics cannot be recycled into new food containers.

Plastic Recyclers Australia (PRA)
Plastic Recyclers Australia has developed a process for making strong plastic poles, garden stakes, beams and other useful products from low density polyethylene and polystyrene.

The poles can be used in many ways, from vineyard posts to holding oyster nets in aquaculture operations. In this way, they replace treated timber poles, which may contaminate soil and water. PRA has proven that its plastic poles can be used without any detrimental effect to the environment.

'Recycling - What does and does not go in the yellow top bin!'
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