Where your waste goes

Where does my recycling go?

After your bins have been emptied, Council’s drivers take the content to one of the Visy Material Recovery Facilities where they are sorted into the various recyclable streams. Visy also has paper / cardboard and plastic bottle processing plants in Sydney where recyclables are made back into new packaging and drink bottles.


Paper / cardboard - once sorted from other recyclables the paper is compacted and squashed into bales and taken to the Visy paper processing plant where the bales are placed into large mixing pots and stirred in water to produce pulp. The pulp is cleaned by screening and pressed through large rollers to dry, turning it into large paper sheets for paper and packaging.

Steel Cans- A large rolling magnet separates steel cans from the other recyclables. A compacter compresses the steel into large bricks which are sent to companies who shred the steel, removing food scraps and labels and melt the steel to form into new steel products, such as cars, train tracks and planes.

Aluminium Cans are separated using an ‘eddy current' separation unit, which creates a fluctuating magnetic field to induce a magnetic effect in the cans. The cans are then baled and transported to processing plants where they are heated to 700 ° Celsius and made into new cans, saucepans and other homeware products.

Glass jar and plastic bottles are sorted by gravity. It's important to remove food scraps from plastic jars and empty water from bottles to make sure the sorting equipment can distinguish between plastic and glass jars and bottles.  Visy sends glass to Recovery Services/OI Penrith who reprocess the glass to be made into new glass products.

Plastic bags are removed from the recycling stream then sent to landfill. Bags with something inside are removed by hand. The staff can't open the bags to see what is inside - they don't have time and the bags might contain dirty or hazardous items. Empty plastic bags are removed from the recycling stream by mechanical processes; however they can get caught in machinery. Plastic bags should never be placed in your yellow recycling bin - place recyclables in the yellow bin individually. 


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