Welcome to the Recycle Right June Newsletter
View this email in your browser
SMRC ENewsletter
The RRRC Southern Brown Bandicoot
The RRRC Southern Brown Bandicoot


Recently, a remote sensor camera was set up in the bushland at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) which captured pictures of Quenda or Southern Brown Bandicoots. It is a good sign to see them living at the RRRC as it means the bushland environment is healthy. To see more pictures or to view a video of the RRRC Bandicoot please visit

City of Melville Logo


Yellow Topped BinDid you know that the City of Melville is now collecting yellow-topped recycling bins weekly?

Put your yellow bin on your kerb on the same day that your green bin is collected. Please ensure your bins are 1 metre from the kerb and at least half a metre apart.

For more information about what to put in your yellow and green-topped bins visit

Recycle Right with the Shires of Northam and Toodyay!

Congratulations to the communities of Northam and Toodyay who will now be using Recycle Right to empower their residents to make the right decisions about their waste!

A huge thanks to the Waste Authority for supporting this initiative.


Waste Authority Logo

through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account

Waste Composting Facility

– Update on Operations

The SMRC Waste Composting Facility is operating at the licensed capacity of 1,365 tonnes per week. The upgrades to the odour management system are operating according to the design parameters required by the Licence.

Recycle Right

Recycling is a simple way that everyone can help the environment. Using recycled materials involves less energy and resources than using virgin materials. When you consider how many virgin materials are becoming hard to find and process, the need for more recycling becomes clear. For information about how to recycle right as well as great tips on how to live more sustainably visit We welcome your feedback!


Waste Authority Logo

through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account


The SMRC is currently developing a smartphone app for Recycle Right. Stay tuned and check the website for further developments.


World Environment DayOn Wednesday the 5th of June, the Community Engagement and Communications Officer spent the day at West Leeming Primary School to celebrate the environment on World Environment Day. More than 300 students were encouraged to think about waste and what positive environmental action they could take from now on. The students were all given a presentation about the Regional Resource Recovery Centre and the various facilities, which included video footage taken inside the Materials Recovery Facility. The school are already very proactive with a school recycling facility, as well as a vegetable garden and they even make their own compost from their lunch food scraps! Thanks for inviting us to come and spend the day with you West Leeming Primary School!


The Regional Resource Recovery Centre has again been certified as ISO 1400 which is an international standard setting out the criteria for operating an environmental management system.

International Compost Awareness Week


Congratulations Crystal from Cockburn!

Crystal is our Compost Awareness Week winner of up to one cubic metre of compost!



If you would like to join SMRC Staff along with the Friends of Ken Hurst Park in this tree planting day email with your name, phone number and number of people attending.



Australians send 1 million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year. Do your part to make a change!

Plastic Free July aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single-use plastic during July each year.

The Challenge

The challenge is quite simple. Attempt to consume no single-use plastic during July. 

"Single-use" includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging...basically anything that's intended only to be used once and then sent to landfill. If refusing ALL single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the TOP 4 challenge (straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles & coffee cup lids).

For more information or to register your participation visit

Materials Recovery Facility

The SMRC’s new MRF will complete its first 12 months of operation in July. The plant has successfully processed all member Councils recyclables and has also processed recyclables diverted from other recycling facilities in Perth.

Recyclables are also being received and processed from non-metropolitan areas including the Avon Region. Assistance is also being provided with the implementation of Recycle Right campaign for the Shires of Northam and Toodyay.


On a recent tour, the Dharmapala Kadampa Meditation Centre came to the RRRC to see what happens to their waste. The group thoroughly enjoyed the tour and came away with a much greater understanding and appreciation of what happens with their rubbish and how to help make more of it recyclable.


Garage Sale Trail is a national, people-powered program that’s about sustainability, creativity and fun.

By organising communities around Australia to hold sales on the same day we aim to reduce waste to landfill, enable community connections, provide a platform for fundraising, inspire creativity and stimulate local economies.
Garage Sale Trail 2013 is on October 26. It will be the third national campaign. In three short years it has grown from an event held in one suburb in Sydney to a truly national program that will involve over 300,000 Australians at between 60 – 80 councils across the country.

So far, the Garage Sale Trail has redistributed one million items from potential landfill, facilitated $3 million in fundraising and created over 800,000 neighbourly connections across Australia.

Get on board and be part of what will shortly be the biggest community and sustainability program in the country. In the SMRC region the Cities of Kwinana, Cockburn and Fremantle and well as the Town of East Fremantle are participating so check their websites soon for more information on what is happening in your area.

Garage Sale Trail – happening across Australia on October 26th2013.

The Garage Sale Trail is supported by the Waste Authority of Western Australia and we encourage everyone to get on board and have a garage sale at your place!
To find out more visit


Tour Coordinator, Emily Tomsett, can provide your school or community group with a fantastic and informative tour of the Regional Resource Recovery Centre’s Waste Composting Facility!

To see first-hand what happens to waste at the RRRC give Emily a call and book a tour on 9256 9555 or email

We are now taking bookings for tours of the Materials Recovery Facility. For your chance to see the new facility, please contact Emily Tomsett on 9256 9555.


Making plastic from recycled materials uses only 30% of the energy required to make plastic products from fossil fuels.


Producing paper from recovered fibre consumes 50 per cent less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin pulp, and the process also consumes 90 per cent less water. Given the quality and cost of recycled paper these days, everybody should be using it – convert your home or office to recycled paper!


Community Advisory Group

The Community Advisory Group is an independent group of devoted community volunteers who work actively to increase the community understanding of recycling. They meet between February and November each year.

To contact, join or find out more please email or write to them at SMRC Community Advisory Group, PO Box 1501, Booragoon WA 6154.


with Piney Lakes volunteers and the RRRC
Suitable ages 7+ / Adult
Wednesday 10 July
9:45am - 12:45pm
Jump aboard our bus and ride along to the Regional Resource Recovery Centre, the place where we send our "rubbish!"  Have fun on a tour of the waste facility to learn all about what happens to the stuff we put in our bins, how to sort your rubbish and "Recycle Right!"
Bookings essential. 
For information about this activity and many more such as a dusk walk to learn about long-necked turtles click

Beneficial Reuse of Glass

SMRC is currently in the process of inviting tenders for the beneficial reuse of glass recovered from co-mingled recyclables.

The MRF currently produces a total of approximately 10,000 tonnes per annum of glass including coarse and fine glass fractions. Tenderers must provide a plan for the beneficial re-use of the glass that demonstrates diversion of the glass from landfill.
SMRC Member Council Logos
SMRC Member Council Logos
Copyright © 2013 Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, All rights reserved.
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp