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Making the most out of our recycling bins

Friday 19 November 2021
People sorting recyclable items

World-leading advanced screening and optical sorting technology for paper, cardboard, plastics, metals and glass are key to the success of our recently opened recycling facility.

The $23 million Southern Material Recycling Facility (SMRF) was officially opened last week and is already processing recyclables from Holdfast Bay residents’ yellow-lid kerbside bins.

The SMRF has been designed to meet the highest standards of recycling purity to ensure that nothing goes to waste.

It uses optical sorting machines which detect the size and shape of items, along with density and magnetic properties.

Ultraviolet, infrared and visible light detection can separate plastics including PET plastic soft drink bottles to HDPE plastic milk containers.

This is followed by an air jet which blasts the object into its designated sorting bin.

Residents also play an important part in ensuring the recycling facility operates to its maximum capability, by putting only recyclable materials into the yellow-lid kerbside bins.

These items include:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Tin cans
  • Rigid plastic bottles
  • Glass bottles including wine bottles
  • Aluminium cans and foil (rolled into the size of a tennis ball

Items to leave out of the yellow-lid recycling bins include:

  • Soft plastics (which can be recycled at supermarkets and via the soft-plastics bin at the Brighton Civic Centre)
  • Clothing
  • Batteries (which can cause fires)
  • Gas bottles (which can break machines)
  • Needles and medical waste
  • Disposable face masks (which can be recycled through specific mask-recycling boxes available at the Brighton Civic Centre or Glenelg Library).

The SMRF glass crushing machine will be installed later in the year, to make replacement sand that can be used in various council works.

The SMRF is a joint initiative of Southern Region Waste Recycling Authority (SRWRA) - a subsidiary of the City of Holdfast Bay, City of Marion and City of Onkaparinga - and Australian recycling and resource recovery specialist Re.Group.

Go to whichbin.sa.gov.au for a detailed list of all items that can and can’t be recycled.

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