Changes to items allowed in City of Stirling recycling bins

attendant Sayed Khan with Mayor Mark Irwin and Styrofoam at the Balcatta Recylcing Centre. Picture: Matt Jelonek.
attendant Sayed Khan with Mayor Mark Irwin and Styrofoam at the Balcatta Recylcing Centre. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

RESIDENTS can no longer place soft plastics, aerosol cans and polystyrene in City of Stirling yellow-lid recycling bins.

The City contractor’s Material Recovery Facility has made the changes to reduce contamination after China’s decision to restrict imports of contaminated recyclable materials.

The items will need to be recycled separately or placed in a red top general waste bin.

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the City was working with its waste contractor Suez to let the community know.

“Unfortunately the fluctuating global waste market continues to have an impact on the companies that collect and sort waste across all local governments,” he said.

“While the City is disappointed with this turn of events, we are committed to responsible recycling and will be working with our contractor to explore any alternative options.

“Luckily, our community is really proactive when it comes to recycling and I know that they will do what they can to continue to recycle these products.”

Soft plastics, such as cling film, bread bags and anything ‘scrunchable’ can be recycled through REDcycle bins, available at supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths.

Aerosol cans and polystyrene can be taken to the Recycling Centre Balcatta.

Updated information outlining what can and can’t be placed in residents’ yellow top recycling bin is now available on the City’s website.


BANNED FROM YELLOW-LID BINS

Soft plastics (plastic bags, bread bags, confectionary bags, cling wrap and bubble wrap )

Aerosol cans

Polystyrene

These items will now need to be placed in the red top general waste bin, or recycled at the following locations:

Soft plastics – REDcycle bins at major supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths

Aerosol cans – Balcatta Recycling Centre

Polystyrene – Balcatta Recycling Centre


PERMITTED IN YELLOW-TOP BIN

Paper (excluding shredded paper)

Cardboard (flattened)

Glass (clean and empty)

Plastic milk containers and other plastic bottles (clean, empty with lids off)

Aluminium cans

Steel cans (clean and empty)