Waste & Recycling Education

The City of Busselton’s Waste and Recycling Education unit is vital to ensuring that the community is progressing toward our resource recovery and waste reduction targets.  The unit and in particular the City’s Recycling Education Officer works hard to educate the public and implement projects and initiatives that effectively change behaviour and divert valuable resources from our landfill and environment.

WALGA issued the following statement regarding concerns about glass recycling in WA -

As some of you may be aware there is going to be a 4 Corners reports about glass being stockpiled in NSW because there’s no viable market. The situation in WA is somewhat different.

We have three main material recovery facilities (MRFs) that are sorting recyclables and separating glass. These are owned by Cleanaway, Suez and SMRC. Cleanaway has invested in new glass crushing and clean up technology which allows them to create a glass sand product on site, which is ready for immediate use in civil construction as a sand/aggregate replacement. Suez and SMRC send their glass to Perth Bin Hire, where it is crushed to the appropriate size for use in road base. While these markets exist, it would be useful if State and Local Governments committed to using recycled material in their civil works.

The markets we have in WA for glass are not traditional back into glass markets. A proportion of our glass (9% - 4,200 tonnes – Recycling Activity Report 2015/16) goes to South Australia, where it is recycled back into glass. With the new Container Deposit Scheme, we will be collecting more glass. This glass will be source separated and of higher quality, so we may be able to send more to be recycled back into glass. However, it will be important to ensure that we have good local markets for the material.

In 2015/16, 91% of glass recycled in WA was done within the State, predominantly being used in construction products

Key points:

•Glass cannot always be recycled back into glass, so we have found alternative markets for glass in WA.
•These markets are in construction and civil works and a better outcome for the product than landfill.
•To ensure these markets continue, we need to focus on Local and State Government procurement of recycled material for roads and other civil construction.

Glass that is put in the City of Busselton’s yellow-top recycling bins is transported to Cleanaway’s Materials Recycling Facility in South Guildford and is separated and used to make road-building materials.
Glass that is put into the large recycling skips at the Busselton Transfer Station and Dunsborough Waste Facility is also transported to Cleanaway’s MRF in South Guildford and used for this purpose.  Commercial quantities of glass which are taken to Dunsborough Waste Facility are used to make internal roads at the landfill which saves the City from purchasing virgin material for this purpose.
We encourage our residents to continue to separate all items which can be recycled from landfill and help us divert as much recoverable waste as possible.