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Materials Recovery Facility

Your recyclables are collected and taken to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Chinderah where they are sorted by both hand and machine. At the MRF, materials are sorted according to what they are made of. Once they are squashed and baled (placed into cubes) they are then sent for further processing to be converted into new item.

Educational and community groups (15 -50 people) are able to book a visit to the recycling centre through Tweed Shire Council's Educational Tours and Resources.

To see the MRF in action, check out this YouTube clip. (external link)
Glass bottles/jars, hard plastic bottles and containers, metal cans, clean paper products, newspapers and long-life cartons.

Have an overflowing recycling bin? Consider switching to a larger 360L sized recycling bin, at a slightly increased cost.
  • Hard plastic bottles and containers (lids off, lids smaller than a credit card in the red bin)
  • Glass bottles and jars (lids off, lids smaller than a credit card in red bin)
  • Steel, tin and aluminium cans
  • Paint tins (empty)
  • Aluminium foil (in a ball)
  • Aluminium trays
  • Paper and cardboard including newspapers, magazines, catalogues, paper bags, books, envelopes
  • Milk/Juice cartons (no lids, place lids in red bin)
  • Tetra paks (no lids, no straws, place lids and straws in red bin)
  • Pizza boxes (no food)
  • Plastic take away containers (no food)
  • All nappies (including biodegradable and compostable)
  • Kitty litter and pet waste
  • All plastic bags (including degradable and biodegradable)
  • All soft plastics
  • Textiles, clothing, doonas, pillows
  • All foam packaging
  • Pyrex, ceramics (mugs, plates, glassware, drinking glasses, bowls)
  • Coffee cups, bioplastics, PLA
  • Sheet glass (window glass, shower screens) and mirrors
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Wire, string, rope, hoses
  • Treated timber and building materials
  • Food and garden waste
  • Hazardous materials (asbestos, chemicals, paint, aerosol cans)
  • Compostable bags

Recycle Right

#RecycleRight is a new region-wide campaign asking people to make some simple changes to our recycling routines.

This has been developed with our neighbouring councils and everyone will be following the same recycling routines across the Northern Rivers.

The main message of this new campaign is to keep it simple and ensure you are only placing clean and correct recycling materials in your yellow bin. It is essential that we have clean recyclables that we can send off for remanufacturing in Australia and overseas.

If we all do this, we can keep our resources coming 'round and get the most life out of every product.

The #RecycleRight campaign is the most current information for our region.

Why have the recycling rules changed?

Changes to China’s recycling rules in January 2018 have affected the recycling industry across the world.

For a long time, China was the largest importer of the world’s recycling, accepting over 30 million tonnes every year and ultimately having the capability to drive recycling prices and practices worldwide.

Until a few years ago, China accepted recyclables with a relaxed contamination level of around 5% (contamination being incorrect items mixed in with the material to be recycled). This meant China accepted a large proportion of the world’s waste, which was then their problem to deal with.

The ‘National Sword Policy’ introduced in January 2018 enforces a strict contamination limit of 0.5%, which sent the global recycling industry into shock – much of the world’s recycling could not meet this new export standard.

On the up side, the National Sword Policy is a catalyst for change, forcing us to recycle better, develop new technologies to better sort our recycling and develop new industry within Australia that supports the processing and manufacture of goods using recycled content.

More materials are now being recycled in Australia, as well as overseas – but we need a very clean recycling stream to ensure they can be processed and remanufactured into new products.

The #RecycleRight campaign is all about ensuring we have clean and uncontaminated recycling.

How do I know what to recycle?

The #RecycleRight campaign asks people to follow six easy recycling routines. A quick guide is on the right hand side.

To further help people understand what goes where, we have updated our A to Z Guide for Recycling that can be found on this page.

Only recycle household items made of plastic, glass, steel, aluminium, paper and cardboard. An item that is made out of more than one type of material cannot be recycled, unless you can separate the material.

Did you know?

  • It is cheaper to process recyclables than sending them to landfill as it avoids the State Government waste levy. These levies on waste will continue to incentivise less going to landfill.
  • Avoid excess packaging by buying in bulk and using reusable containers.
  • 25% of what ends up in the typical red bin is recyclable material that should be going into the recycling bin and saved from landfill.
  • Council accepts the following for FREE at its Additional Recycling and Waste Disposal (at Stotts Creek Resource Recovery Centre): bulk cardboard, glass bottles and aluminium cans, oil, hazardous materials including paint, e-waste, gas bottles, and scrap metals such as whitegoods.
  • Collection vehicles are fitted with cameras. Bins that have incorrect items will be tagged and will only be collected once the resident has removed incorrect items in each bin.
  • Plastic bags get caught in the equipment and clog up sorting machinery sometimes causing serious damage and increasing recycling costs.
  • Most coffee cups are now lined with plastic which cannot be recycled. Reusable takeaway coffee cups are a better investment.

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