Northern suburbs recycling collections diverted following fire

The South Guildford recycling centre fire. Picture: Mark Nowicki
The South Guildford recycling centre fire. Picture: Mark Nowicki

A RECYCLING facility fire this week has meant household recycling from across the northern suburbs has to be diverted to other sites or stored.

Cleanaway plans to rebuild its material recovery facility (MRF) in South Guildford following Monday’s fire, the cause of which is being investigated.

The cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo have contracts with Cleanaway to process recyclable materials from household bin collections.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the City was working with Cleanaway and collection contractor Suez to ensure domestic recycling collections continued as normal.

“The City is currently diverting all its recyclables to the Suez MRF in Bibra Lake,” he said.

“It is too early to comment on what level of repairs will be required at the Cleanaway MRF and therefore it is not known what impact this will have on the City’s recycling services in the longer term.

“Residents and ratepayers are asked to ensure no flammable items or materials are placed into any bin.”

The City of Wanneroo has been storing material collected this week at the Wangara Recycling Centre while it waits for further advice from Cleanaway.

“Our contract with Cleanaway includes a range of waste management scenarios so we are awaiting further advice on our options,” assets director Harminder Singh said.

“In the meantime, all residents should continue to separate recyclable material from organic and other waste because bins will continue to be collected as scheduled.”

Mr Singh said the City collected about 130 truck-loads of recyclables each fortnight.

Cleanaway was exploring options to divert recyclable waste to its operations in Welshpool, the South Metropolitan Regional Council facility in Canning Vale and Suez’s Bibra Lake facility.

“Cleanaway is working with customers, authorities and other asset operators to find alternative processing solutions for recyclable materials until the MRF is again operational,” a spokesperson said.

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