What Happens to Waste and Recycling After Collection

Who collects our waste and recycling?

All regularly scheduled kerbside waste is collected by our contractor, Solo Resource Recovery.

What happens to it after it’s collected?

Kerbside Collected Recyclables

Kerbside collected recyclables go to a company called Polytrade (126-134 Thomas Murrell Crescent, Dandenong South, VIC 3175).

Polytrade is a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) and they sort and separate all of the recyclables including paper and cardboard, glass, plastics, steel and aluminium.

Once these materials have been sorted and separated, Polytrade sends them to various places for recycling/reusing:

  • Metal is exported to Taiwan for it to be melted down and reused for other purposes.
  • Aluminium is exported to Korea to be melted down and reused for other purposes.
  • Plastic is exported for processing in China
  • Paper and cardboard goes various places. Some goes to the local paper mill, while the rest is exported for processing in various locations based on cost efficiency.
  • Glass is recycled in Victoria by Polytrade. Approximately 10-15% of glass, however, is too fine to be recycled and goes to the landfill. 

Cardboard and Paper which is dumped at Transfer Stations

Cardboard and paper which is taken directly to transfer stations (i.e. not from kerbside collections) goes to Australian Paper Recycling (APR) in Dandenong. Some of it is processed locally, while the rest is exported to China for processing.

Green Waste

All green waste goes to PineGro.

General Waste

All general waste goes to the Highland Highway Municipal Landfill at Loy Yang.