RESPONSE TO FOUR CORNERS INVESTIGATION INTO WASTE MANAGEMENT

Posted on: Friday, 11 August 2017 at 12:20:35 PM

SMRC RESPONSE TO FOUR CORNERS INVESTIGATION INTO WASTE
MANAGEMENT


In light of the allegations presented in a recent ABC Four Corners programme into waste management
practices in NSW and QLD, the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) would like to reemphasize that
recyclables collected in the yellow-topped bins processed by the SMRC are recovered to the fullest
extent possible with 85% of recyclables recovered and made into new products.

This includes glass which is recovered, ground and used in road base, as well as plastics, paper,
cardboard, steel and aluminum which command a high value when sold to domestic and international
markets.

The organic fraction of the green-topped general waste bins processed by the SMRC is recovered and
processed into compost which is used in agriculture.

The SMRC is a transparent, local government organisation, committed to working with its member
councils and the community to ensure environmentally sustainable outcomes.

The SMRC plays an important role in working towards increased recycling rates and encourages the
community to assist our efforts by ensuring they continue to put the right thing in the right bin.

Residents of member Councils and members of the public can attend free tours of the Regional
Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) in Canning Vale to see firsthand what happens to their waste and
virtual tours are also available on the Recycle Right website www.recycleright.wa.gov.au.

FACTS AND FAQ’s

About the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council

The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) is one of five regional councils in the Perth
metropolitan area and is a local government entity. The SMRC region currently spans 340km2,
servicing 110,000 households with a combined population of over 290,000 people. The SMRC was
established in 1991.

Member councils include the City of Cockburn, City of Fremantle, City of Melville, City of Kwinana
and Town of East
Fremantle. These member councils are committed to diverting waste from landfill.

About the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC)

The SMRC operates the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) in Canning Vale, processing
recyclables, general waste and green waste collected from household bins and verge collections.
Overall the RRRC has achieved more than a 65% waste diversion from landfill for each of the past
five years, achieving State Waste Strategy targets of
65% diversion from landfill by 2020. Materials Recovery Facility

The SMRC operates a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at the RRRC in Canning Vale. This facility
processes the
contents of the Recycling bins from the following local councils and shires:

City of Fremantle

Shire of Dowerin 

Shire of Trayning

City of Melville

Shire of Kellerberrin

Shire of Victoria Plains

City of Kwinana

Shire of Kondinin

Shire of Wandering

Town of Cottesloe

Shire of Koorda 

Shire of Westonia

Town of East Fremantle

Shire of Kulin

Shire of Williams

Shire of Beverley

Shire of Merredin

Shire of Wongan-Ballidu

Shire of Boddington

Shire of Mt Marshall

Shire of Wyalkatchem

Shire of Bruce Rock

Shire of Mukinbudin

Shire of Yilgarn

Shire of Chittering

Shire of Narembeen

Shire of York

Shire of Coorow

Shire of Northam

Shire of Corrigin

Shire of Nungarin

Shire of Cunderdin

Shire of Quairading

Shire of Dalwallinu

Shire of Tammin

Shire of Dandaragan 

Shire of Toodyay

The MRF utilizes state of the art technology to separate and sort the following materials:

? Glass – sorted, crushed and transported to a local contractor where it is processed for use in
road base
? Paper and cardboard – sorted into different categories, baled and sent to international
markets to be processed into new products
? Plastics - sorted into different categories, baled and sent to domestic and international
markets to be processed into new products
? Steel and aluminum cans – sorted into different categories, baled and sent to domestic and
international markets to be processed into new products.

The Materials Recovery Facility processes 140 tonnes per day or 24,000 tonnes per annum of
recyclable materials from the yellow-topped bin. It currently recovers 85% of materials.

Waste Composting Facility

The SMRC operates a Waste Composting Facility (WCF) at the RRRC in Canning Vale. The WCF processes
the contents of household general waste bins from the following local councils:

City of Cockburn City of Fremantle City of Melville
Town of East Fremantle

Located at the RRRC, the Waste Composting Facility (WCF) turns residents’ green-topped general
waste bins into compost. The WCF currently processes 80,000 tonnes per year. The WCF produces more
than 20,000 tonnes of compost and diverts 40,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year, which
represents a 50% diversion rate. The WCF prevents 32,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering
the atmosphere each year. This is the equivalent of taking 7,000 cars off the road.

The WCF composts organic materials that may otherwise be sent to landfill, helping to prevent the
creation of harmful greenhouse gases and producing a valuable product which can help to enrich
otherwise poor soils.

The SMRC is currently working with the City of Melville, City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle to investigate the implementation of a Food Organic Garden Organic collection system. The system will be trialed
to around 7000 households in the City of Melville, from October 2017, with the aim to of producing
a cleaner, higher quality compost than is currently created through the WCF process.


Green Waste Facility

The Green Waste Facility processes green waste delivered to the RRRC from verge collections and
private businesses and contractors. The materials are processed on site and turned into mulch, before being
distributed to a local contractor for further processing and distribution to local markets.

The Green Waste Facility creates mulch from green waste and processes 13,000 tonnes per annum. It
recovers 100% of these materials.


Media contact
Patrick Hay
phay@smrc.com.au
9329 2700 | 0407080691

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