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.
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.
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.
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
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
Sorted by colour
Washed to remove any impurities
Crushed and melted
Moulded into new products such as bottles and jars
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