City of Rockingham new recycling rules

City of Rockingham new recycling rules

NEW recycling rules are now in place for residents across the City of Rockingham.

Perth’s three material recovery facilities developed one set of recycling rules for the Perth metropolitan area.

Residents in the City will only notice a small number of differences under the new 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 red-lid waste bin.

The changes to recycling rules come after a major international move by China to ban imports on certain types of recyclable waste. This ban impacted a number of South East Asian recycling markets, including Australia.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the changes from the material recovery facilities would improve the quality of recyclables that are delivered to market.

“Due to the changes in the world’s recycling markets, one set of rules has been established for the Perth Metropolitan Area,” he said.

“No matter where you live, items accepted in the recycling bin will be the same.

“These changes will help avoid confusion for residents and deliver a better quality of recycled product.”

Aerosols such as fly spray or hair spray are a fire risk for material recovery facilities and can instead be taken to the Millar Road Landfill Facility for free.

Polystyrene such as black foam meat trays and soft plastics like frozen vegetable packets are low quality products and should be placed in the red-lid waste bin as there is no current recycling market available for these items.

White foam polystyrene can be recycled at the Millar Road Landfill for free while shopping bags can be recycled through REDcycle at Coles or Woolworths supermarkets.

“All recyclables must be empty or clean with lids removed and boxes need to be flattened,” Cr Sammels said.

“All items should be placed into the recycling bin loosely and not bagged.”

Items that can be placed in the recycling bin:

Plastics

Bottles from the kitchen (milk or sauce bottles), laundry (detergent) and bathroom (shampoo)

Ice cream containers

Margarine or butter containers

Yoghurt containers

Soft drink or water bottles

Take away food containers (not polystyrene)

Glass

Glass bottles for beer, spirit, wine or sauce

Glass jars for spreads, coffee or other food items

Aluminium

Beer cans

Soft drink cans

Coffee or milo tins

Aluminium foil (clean and balled into size of an egg)

Steel

Food tins

Pet food tins

Beer bottle tops (loose)

Jar lids

Paper

Paper (not shredded)

Envelopes (no private details)

Milk or fruit juice cartons (not silver lined)

Glossy magazines, brochures or junk mail

Newspapers

Paper bags

Wrapping paper (not foil)

Cardboard

Cardboard boxes

Beer carton

Cereal box (plastic liner removed)

Egg cartons

Greeting cards

Paper towel tube

Toilet roll tube

Washing powder boxes

Items not to be recycled:

Food or animal waste

Soft “scrunchable” plastic or polystyrene

Shredded paper

Clothing, shoes, bedding or other materials

Personal hygiene items like nappies or tissues

Bagged recycling

Gas bottles or aerosols cans (ie: cooking oil spray, air freshener)

Electronic waste, batteries or toys

No ropes, cable or garden hose pipe

For more information visit Rubbish and recycling.