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Recycle Right has had a busy 2015. Thanks to our member councils for spreading the Recycle Right message and the Waste Authority for all their support to attend splendid events such as the Perth Royal Show, as well as roll out some great projects such as the bus and truck branding in 2015.

2016 is set to be another huge year with Recycle Right preparing to educate Perth residents with a three bin system using the website and app. App users will see another major update in the next few weeks and the website will undergo colossal changes to be 3 bin ready by the end of January…stay tuned and visit

Here are some of the highlights of 2015.

JANUARY – Back to School

It’s great to have a fresh start to the New Year – however when you are preparing the kids to go back to school, there’s plenty of ways to avoid unnecessary waste and save a bit of money too!  New uniforms, stationery, lunch boxes and backpacks are all nice to have, but make a big impact on the environment in terms of the trees, energy and other resources they take to produce.  Here’s some of our tips to reduce, reuse and recycle in time for Term 1:
  1. Reuse from last year: Fix old binders, dig out the old stationery and see if you can repair your backpack.  Encourage the kids to use notebooks double sided – it saves a lot of trees in the long run
  2. Plan: Make a list of everything you need before heading to the store so that you resist impulse buying
  3. At the shops: Buy durable items like lunch boxes and backpacks that you can reuse for years to come. Try to purchase items that use recycled content – like paper – and suggest to the store they stock it if it’s unavailable. Also avoid items with lots of packaging.
  4. Batteries: Consider rechargeable batteries and make sure any disposable batteries are dropped off at battery recycling stations instead of going in the bin.  Visit to find drop off locations.
  5. Lunch responsibly: Pack lunches in reusable containers and don’t forget your refillable water bottle. Avoid buying individual packaging for snack items like chips, cheese and biscuits.  Bento-box style lunches boxes like these (shown right) are a fantastic way to reduce waste.
  6. Does your school have a second-hand program? If so it’s a great way to save money on uniforms, books and even computers. Otherwise there are online communities where you can buy and trade these items.
  7. Encourage the kids to take care of their items. Treat them well and put them back in their backpack so they can return to school time and time again.

FEBRUARY – Don't Bag It!

New research shows that lots of people who put their recycling in the bin in a bag genuinely think the items will be recycled. Unfortunately they’re wrong, recycling in plastic bags ends up in landfill. Items should be loose with the lids removed.

For more information, go to

MARCH – Bin Tagging Trial in Kwinana

A selection of households in the City of Kwinana were involved in a rubbish bin research and education program that successfully improved household recycling and contamination considerably.

The Town of Cambridge and the City of Joondalup also participated in the WALGA project, which used the Recycle Right brand.

The bin tagging pilot was previously run in South Australia, where it was credited with reducing bin contamination by 60% and improving recycling by 25%.

The bin tagging project has four stages:
  1. A visual check of recycling bins to identify any contamination.  Residents then receive an information tag on their bin introducing the program
  2. Two more visual checks of bins are again completed and households provided feedback on their performance with tags on the bin handles
  3. For the fourth check, if a bin was contaminated in all previous checks and is still contaminated, the bin is stickered shut and refused collection. The bin is tagged with instructions to remove the contamination in time for the next pick-up
  4. If a household continues to contaminate the recycling bin, the service will be removed
Households showing good recycling behaviour were entered into a competition to win prizes throughout the trial. The evidence from the trial showed that the project was successful in significantly improving recycling and improving contamination in participating councils.
APRIL – The SMRC was recognised for...
The SMRC has been recognised for its commitment to workplace safety, recently receiving two industry awards.

On 2 April a Gold Diligence in safety award was received from LGIS CEO Jonathan Seth. Mr Seth congratulated the SMRC and RRRC for ongoing improvements, which have resulted in a highly commendable safety rating.

“The SMRC has a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all employees, contractors and visitors to our sites. We are proud of our safety culture and were delighted to accept the LGIS and WorkSafe certifications,” SMRC CEO Tim Youé said.
MAY – The SMRC was recognised for...


The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) has been recognised for its water saving measures at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC), recently receiving a Gold Award from the Water Corporation.

More than 330 Western Australian businesses saved a collective 14 billion litres of water in 2013-14, thanks to their participation in the Water Efficiency Management Plan program.

Water Minister Mia Davies said the program helped 338 businesses to reduce their water use.

“In 2013-14, these businesses saved a collective 14 billion litres of water – which is the equivalent of 6,222 Olympic swimming pools,”
Ms Davies said.

“Many businesses have been participating in the program for more than five years, so it is great they continue to explore new ways to save our most precious resource.”

Have You Seen Us?

You may have noticed some Recycle Right branded buses travelling around the southern suburbs recently.

We’ve created some colourful adverts to spread the Recycle Right message far and wide. Each bus has an essential tip to encourage recycling which will make a big difference to the environment.

Each piece of information targets a common mistake made by households and suggests a simple solution.

The messages include;
• Place all plastics in your yellow-top bin
• Don’t bag your recycling. Place all items loosely in the bin
• Even broken glass should go in the yellow-top bin.

These bus adverts will also shortly be joined by a fleet of branded waste collection trucks in Fremantle, Melville and Cockburn councils.
From June to November Recycle Right branded trucks were driving around the southern suburbs spreading the Recycle Right message. Each truck had an essential tip targeting a common mistake often made by household and suggests a simple solution.

SMRC awarded certification AS/NZS 4801:2001

In June the SMRC was proudly  awarded certification with the  AS/NZS 4801:2001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, acknowledging our excellent performance in occupational health and safety. The standard is used as the benchmark to assess Occupational Health & Safety Management systems for organisations and will be applied to assess health and safety policy objectives and assess risks and hazards for employees on site, providing a safer work environment. The SMRC continues to be committed to the safety of our staff and visitors.


WA Weekender

Recycle Right recently featured on WA Weekender, the Channel 7 lifestyle program that showcases the best of Western Australia.

Education Officer Emma Baker gave host Jessie James a guided tour through the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) and passed on some handy tips about recycling right.

If you missed the episodes and would like to take a closer look at the separation, composting and recycling processes at the RRRC - they’re available online on the Recycle Right website

The Fleet on the Street

You may have noticed some Recycle Right branded waste collection trucks around the southern suburbs recently.

We’ve created some colourful adverts to spread the Recycle Right message far and wide. Each truck has an essential tip to encourage recycling which will make a big difference to the environment.

Each piece of information targets a common mistake made by households and suggests a simple solution.

Some of the messages are:
• Your green bin is composted
• Place all plastics in your yellow-top bin
• Don’t bag your recycling. Place all items loosely in the bin
• Even broken glass should go in the yellow-top bin.

The freshly branded trucks can be spotted in Fremantle, Melville and Cockburn councils.
In July, branded waste collection trucks with the same messages as the branded buses started driving around the southern suburbs.

The trucks can be spotted in Fremantle, Melville and Cockburn and display the same messages as the branded buses. Keep and eye out for them, we hope to ad to the number of trucks that are branded with recycling messages throughout the year.


On Wednesday 8 July the SMRC were delighted to receive a Gold Worksafe Certificate of Achievement from the Worksafe Commissioner, Lex McCulloch.

Gold Certificates are awarded to organisations demonstrating good progress in safety and health management.

The SMRC continues to strive to meet Australian standards, as well as building an excellent safety culture in our workforce.

This has resulted in increased staff awareness, improved reporting procedures and strong leadership.

The award was celebrated with an afternoon tea at the RRRC.

Waste to compost: Science Network

The innovative composting process of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council’s (SMRC) Waste Composting Facility (WCF) was featured by Science Network WA in their weekly news.

The story detailed how the WCF produces more than 20,000 tonnes of compost a year and in doing so diverts 46,400 tonnes of garbage from landfill.

SMRC Chief Executive Tim Youé explains how the composting process, which recovers the contents of green-topped bins, has a positive environmental impact.

“This process prevents 32,000 tonnes  of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year—equivalent to taking 7000 cars off the road,” he said.

“Through composting we are able to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and reduce the environmental impact of greenhouse gases by creating carbon dioxide instead of methane.”
The composting process uses large scale machinery and technology including a large indoor tipping floor, large digestors, and a temperature controlled aeration building. The WCF’s four digesters are the largest in the southern hemisphere.

At the end of the process and after a final screening, high quality mature compost is ready for use. This compost is used to put nutrients back into the soil and for improving  agricultural crops in the Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions of WA. To read the full story, visit Science Network:


On Monday 7 September the SMRC held a briefing session for member local governments to discuss the draft recommendations from the Strategic Waste Management Plan.

The Plan was presented by Mike Richie and Tiffany Key from MRA Consultants.

With new sustainable waste management alternatives available, the Plan considers future options to improve SMRC performance at a lower cost.

The Plan is also the first step in a process to improve the sustainability and performance of SMRC waste practices to achieve the State’s waste diversion targets.

The Plan’s recommendations were also discussed at the SMRC Strategic Plan workshop on 24 September.

A copy of the draft Strategic Waste Management Plan is available on the SMRC website


Earlier this month, the City of Fremantle launched an exciting new initiative that rewards people for recycling their waste – a Reverse Vending Machine (RVM).

The RVM dispenses reward vouchers for the deposit of empty cans or plastic drink bottles; an initiative that aims to encourage visitors to recycle their waste, promote local businesses and keep the streets of Fremantle clean.

With a capacity of up to 2,000 items per bin, the RVM project will play a role in reducing the amount of plastic making its way into landfill and the marine environment.

The City was recently awarded a Recycling Community Grant by Keep Australia Beautiful to fund the program’s first year of implementation which will be trialled in Fremantle until 2018.
A Melville Primary student places a can in the RVM

RRRC on the Garden Gurus

You may have noticed Recycle Right and the Canning Vale Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) on Channel 9’s popular 'The Garden Gurus' show recently.

Three new episodes went to air in October. The first discusses four points for effective yellow-topped bin use, whilst the second follows the ‘dirty dozen’ of waste and the final focuses on the Garage Sale Trail.

To view the episodes, visit:

Recycle Right at the Perth Royal Show

Recycle Right once again joined in the festivities at the 2015 Perth Royal Show. Team members and volunteers ran free fun recycling activities for kids. These included origami seed pots, using soil from our compost partner Nutrarich and sun catchers reusing old compact discs. The team was also joined by the popular entertainer, Eco Faerie Cara, who added a little magic to the message.
Recycle Right’s involvement at the show, supported by the Waste Authority, provided an opportunity to interact with families and to answer questions about recycling. It also enabled a conversation about sustainability and waste reduction and encouraged people to think about both their household footprint and purchasing decisions at the show.
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Create memories, not waste this Christmas
Pic: The Cockburn Christmas billboard in situ

The City of Cockburn are getting into the spirit and encouraging their residents to create memories instead of waste this Christmas by giving the gift of an experience. Also don’t forget to check the Recycle Right website, or download the app to make sure your waste goes in the right place this Christmas.


Christmas is a great time of year to catch up with family and friends. All that consumption can lead to quite a bit of waste. Here are some tips to be environmentally conscious while you indulge:

  • Give the free gift of recycling knowledge and tell people about the Recycle Right app on the App Store and Google Play Market.
  • Give low impact gifts that create minimal waste and have a good end of life solution.
  • Be sure to place packaging loosely in the yellow-topped bin. Please do not put plastic packaging inside cardboard boxes. Flatten your boxes.
  • Use paper wrapping rather than foil or plastic coated wrapping. You can also save your paper wrapping for reuse next year.
  • If you are having a Christmas Party, make it easy for your guests to recycle by proving two labelled bins - one for general waste and the other for recyclables.
  • Try to minimise food waste this Christmas, only buy what you need, serve smaller portions and store and use leftovers.
  • Wrap food waste in newspaper and put it in the green-topped bin together with your garden waste so we can turn it into compost.
  • Tinsel should not be placed in your yellow-topped bin. Buy good quality decorations and store them properly so you can reuse them next year.
  • Which bin do I put it in? Visit or download the free app fromthe App Store or Google Play.

The worst time of year to get your bin day wrong is Christmas!

This year, especially if your bin is collected on a Friday, it will most likely not be collected on Christmas Day, or New Years Day.

Check your waste calendar on the Recycle Right Website, or your council website, for changes to your bin collection over the festive season.

We run free tours of the Regional Resource Recovery Centre from Monday to Friday and once a month on a Saturday for anyone interested in understanding exactly what happens after the vergeside bin collection.

Schools, community groups and individuals are welcome and bookings are essential.

The next community tour dates open to families and individuals are:

Monday 11 January 2016
Saturday 16 January 2016
Saturday 6 February 2016

Other dates can be arranged for groups. To discuss your tour requirements, please contact Emma Baker on 9256 9528 or


Community Advisory Group

If you would like to join the CAG or learn more about what they do please contact them on the details below.

Please email or write to them at
SMRC Community Advisory Group,
PO Box 1501, Booragoon WA 6154
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