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Recycling after Cleanaway fire

Published on Thursday 19 December, 2019


Following a significant fire that destroyed Cleanaway’s Guildford processing facility, some recyclable materials collected within the City of Gosnells and other metropolitan local governments must be diverted to landfill. 

Cleanaway, the City’s recycling contractor, has made arrangements to divert some materials to the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council’s (SMRC) recycling facility in Canning Vale. 

Mayor David Goode said that not all materials could be taken by SMRC or other Perth processing operators, as they simply could not increase their capacity to the full, required levels.

“Cleanaway has informed the City that it will continue to investigate processing alternatives, while it rebuilds its Guildford facility,” Mayor Goode said.

“This unfortunate situation is beyond the City’s control, and will have an impact across all recycling facilities in WA.  We appreciate our community’s understanding and will continue to work with Cleanaway to ensure as much recycling is processed as possible.”

The City encourages all residents and businesses to continue recycling appropriately, particularly during the festive season.

Mayor Goode urged residents to opt for products with less packaging, re-use items such as gift bags and reduce their household waste.

“Why not choose wrapping paper made from recycled materials and be sure to remove sticky tape before placing paper or boxes in your recycling bin,” he said.

“We could all improve our efforts to re-use materials and reduce waste in the home – the collective effect can be incredible when many people make just one change to be more sustainable.”

For information about the City’s waste and recycling services, please call 9397 3000 or visit the City’s website or follow us on social media.