After kerbside collection, our co-mingled (mixed) recycling is taken to Cleanaway’s Geelong facility, and from there it is bulk-hauled to their Coolaroo or Laverton Materials Recovery Facility where the paper, cardboard, metals, glass and plastics are sorted into their separate streams.
The new contract signed with Cleanaway on 6 December - and shared with City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire and Borough of Queenscliffe - requires Cleanaway to provide monthly reports to the councils on where the materials are then sent or sold. With kerbside collections commencing with Cleanaway on 16 December, councils will receive the first report in January.
Currently this will involve a mix of Australian and international markets. China’s National Sword Policy, introduced in January 2018, changed what was accepted by China. Materials now require a higher degree of sorting, but if the new standard is met, markets still exist in China and other countries.
As part of the new agreement with Cleanaway, all parties have committed to developing innovative local uses for recyclables collected, with an aim to expand the circular economy within the region. Cleanaway has agreed to work with the councils to identify local secondary markets to maximise the sustainable re-use of recyclables, with an initial focus on the re-use of glass.
In April 2020, Surf Coast Shire Council is introducing a fourth bin to all households that receive Council’s kerbside collection service, for separating out glass. Removing glass from the co-mingled recycling collection provides Council with the opportunity to utilise more local and transparent markets for Surf Coast Shire’s glass collection