Our Recycling Process

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Where Does Your Recycling End Up?

Once the recycled waste is removed from your site, you have the peace of mind knowing that it’s in the hands of one of Australia’s leading waste management providers, with access to the most reputable resource recovery facilities.

Meeting an ethical end

For decades, Australia and other wealthy nations have relied on developing countries to export a large portion of our waste to. However, recent import bans have encouraged us to look for a home-grown solution to lessen our global waste crisis and take responsibility for handling our own recycled waste. The bans have affected approximately 1.3 million tonnes of the 67 million tonnes of waste Australia produces each year.

It began with China, who were once the world’s largest recycled waste importers. In early 2018, China placed stricter regulations on what waste it would accept, which resulted in the ban of 24 types of recyclable materials and affected a majority of the recycled waste it received from Australia. Since then, India, Malaysia and Indonesia have also placed strict bans, sending some the waste it once accepted back to its countries of origin.

These regulations are significant in reducing pollution, improving human health and protecting the environment. Many industry leaders agree that it is most ethical to handle our own waste here in Australia to protect the environment and people of countries that are already struggling.

As a leading Australian waste management provider, we at Nationwide Waste Solutions, take these regulations seriously and have revised the way we do business to act most ethically and responsibly. Our waste is sent to reputable, local resource recovery facilities.

Image of the recycling logo sitting about a human hand. This represents that how well we recycle is totally in our own hands.

Nothing goes to waste

Part of our corporate social responsibility is ensuring that our waste is sent to facilities with the technology to sort and process it safely and correctly. We partner with Australian state-of-the-art resource recovery centres. Some process multiple recycled streams and others process just paper, plastic, or e-waste.

Each facility is fully equipped with innovative technology for a very refined sorting process for even the smallest pieces of recyclables. These facilities guarantee that 100% of your recycled rubbish is turned into resources. Each material has its own recycling process.


Paper recycling service and paper recycling collections

Separated into categories – copy paper, newspapers, packaging cardboard, and contaminated

Broken down into fibres and turned into a pulp

Cleaned and de-inked

Pulp is thickened, pressed and dried to turn back into paper


Plastic recycling service and plastic recycling collections

Sorted according to polymers types and colours

 Washed in water

Turned into small flakes

Packed in bulk bags and sold to both Australian and overseas manufacturers

 Manufacturers use these flakes to make bottles, containers and other products


Glass half full

Sorted by colour

Washed to remove any impurities

Crushed and melted

 Moulded into new products such as bottles and jars


Computer screen

Dismantled to retrieve all salvageable parts

 Shredded into pieces less than 2 inches for fine categorisation

Magnetic materials like steel and iron are separated using an over-band magnet

Metals and nonmetals are separated. Non-metals such as plastics are sent to a plastic recycling process.

Precious metals are used to manufacture new electronics

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