Where does your waste go?

Currently everything you put in the red lidded bin goes to Ballina Waste Management Centre. It is then bulk hauled to a licensed landfill for disposal.


Where your mixed waste goes

Your mixed waste bin should only be used to dispose of small household rubbish items that cannot be composted or recycled.


Need a reminder of what goes where? Use the Northern Rivers Waste A-Z guide to find out which bin is right for your waste item. 

Where your recycled waste goes

Currently all recycling items go to Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre for recycling.

It then follows these steps?

  1. Recycling Pile Firstly the recycling trucks dump all their contents onto the floor of the facility.
  2. Manually Sorted Six workers ‘negatively’ sort the recycling, taking out contaminants that do not go through the machine.
  3. Machine Separates The recyclable materials then travel though the machine getting sorted from each other. Firstly the paper and cardboard are removed as they are the lightest substances. The glass gets crushed and falls into a separate area. Magnets are used to separate the metal from the hard plastics. An optical sorter is then programmed to separate the aluminium from the steel.
  4. Materials Separate The materials are sorted into different piles ready to be baled.
  5. Bailing Separated materials are bailed and sent to various buyers either domestically or internationally where they are turned into other products for reuse.

Where does your organics waste go?

Currently everything you put in your green organics bin goes to Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre for composting. This waste  gets turned into fertilizer and therefore must be able to decompose. This is why the organics bin is a weekly service. At the Lismore facility they close the loop turning organic material collected from homes into nutrient-rich BIOcycle compost for local farms and backyard gardens.

  1. Once kerbside organics bins are brought to the facility, the material is stockpiled into rows on the composting pad where they break down into rich compost over a period of at least three months.

  2. The composted material is then graded and screened to remove plastics and other inorganic materials. If people have been placing plastics or inorganics materials in their bins, this then becomes a very time-consuming process to remove.

  3. They then make beautiful organic compost and the least contaminants the better. Residents need to ensure they use the 3-bin system properly and only place organic materials in your green organics bin.


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