Where does my waste go?

FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) (Lime Green Bins)

By placing your food, cardboard/paper products and garden waste in the lime green FOGO bins organic material is diverted from landfill to be recycled and turned into a rich compost, this has a positive effect on the environment and it will also assist in extending the life of the local landfill.

The organic waste collected in the lime green bins is recycled through the Banksia Road Composting Facility in Dardanup.

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Recycling (Yellow Lid Bins)

The paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium, steel and plastic containers collected through the yellow lid recycling bins are recycled through Suez. Firstly the material is taken to the Suez Recycling Transfer Station located at the Bunbury Operations Centre on Giorgi Drive, Picton East which receives residential and commercial recycling from South West WA. Recyclable waste is then transferred within 48 hours into road trains and hauled to the Suez Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Bibra Lake.  

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 chemicals, nappies, 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 bales and taken by trucks to reprocessing facilities, and used in making new products.

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Household Waste (Red Lid Bins)

Placing household waste items into your red lid rubbish bin should be a last resort after you have tried to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle. Your red lid bin is emptied by a rubbish truck fortnightly and taken to Stanley Road Waste Management Facility.

The Stanley Road landfill is a regional Class II landfill located 14 km north-east of Bunbury. The site was previously a sand mine. Landfilling commenced in 1990 following establishment of the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council (BHRC). Accepted waste is landfilled on a large mound type landfill and covered with in situ sand mined on the site, this prevents odour and deters vermin such as rats and wildlife such as birds and lizards.