What Happens to my Recycling?
Your bin with the yellow lid (recycling items) is picked up by the recycling collection contractors, who transport the materials to the Polytrade Recycling Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), in Dandenong South.
Materials are first sorted by hand to remove the non-recyclables (these are called contamination) which are sent to landfill. This is one reason why it’s important not to place broken glass, syringes or other contaminants into the recycling bin.
The facility then mechanically sorts and separates the recyclables into different streams of paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, steel and plastic containers. The separated materials are then compacted into blocks,and taken by trucks to reprocessing facilities, and used in making new products.