What happens to my recyclable items

Council uses contractor Visy for the processing of recyclables collected by Cleanaway from your yellow lidded recycling bins.

Once collected, recyclables items are taken for processing to Visy’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at Gibson Island in Brisbane, where items are separated into material types paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminium and metal.

Council engage Visy for the processing of recyclables as they are committed to using recycled materials in their manufacturing in Australia. Visy promotes a ‘closed loop’ supply chain, meaning that recyclable items they receive are processed and used by Visy to manufacture new packaging products.

Visy has a large network of recycling and manufacturing facilities around Australia that require 1.4 million tonnes of paper and cardboard fibre annually, as well as recycled plastics to produce pellets for conversion to resin for food grade containers, such as milk, juice and water bottles.  Aluminium and steel is also used by Visy to produce beverage and food cans.

Visy accepts and sorts glass for supply to glass processors for use in the manufacture of new glass bottles and conversion to glass sand for use in asphalt, filtration, drainage, coating, resin and sandblasting applications.

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