After you put recyclable items into your yellow top recycling bin, it is collected from your kerb and taken to a materials recovery facility (MRF) for sorting and separation. The sorted plastics, paper, metals and glass are sold to companies who reprocess these materials into new products.
In Perth's eastern region, all materials from recycling bins that can currently be recycled are reprocessed into new products(PDF, 371KB). What is reprocessed from your recycling bin is affected by what is put into the bin in the first place. Recyclables should not be tied up in plastic bags because it makes sorting difficult and can lead to some recyclables being sent to landfill instead of being recycled. Keep all items in your recycling bin loose and separate, and put your empty plastic bags into your green top bin.
Be careful not to contaminate the recycling process. Most people don't realise the problems created by putting even the smallest amount of non-recyclable material into the yellow top bin. For example, shredded paper can get into the different types of materials like aluminium and steel cans, glass and plastic jars, bottles and containers, turning all of these recyclable containers into contamination, that ends up in landfill instead. Avoid contamination by only putting accepted recyclable materials into your yellow lid recycling bin and this will avoid unnecessary materials going into landfill.
Find out more about waste and recycling services in the City of Swan, including information on bin services, pre-booked verge collections and the Recycling Centre - Bullsbrook.