We work with businesses all over the country to minimise landfill costs by maximising their recoverable and recyclable waste.
Recycling in Australia has matured to a point where it’s becoming the first instinct when we’re looking to throw things away. We’re doing everything we can to capitalise on this behavioral shift to make its fulfillment as easy as possible with an ever-growing range of recycling services.
Otherwise known as the standard recycling bin, our commingled recycling bin takes a mix of plastic, glass, steel and aluminium. They’re a quick, simple, ideal solution for small businesses who want to recycle without the time and space burden of multiple bins.
Part of our popular Harvest Recycling Program, this specialist option suits businesses that create a lot of packaging waste. Place cardboard, paper, plastic film, pallet shrink and stretch wrap, and polystyrene in the one bin, confident in the knowledge it will be separated and recycled at our bespoke facility. This recycling system is supported by the National Packaging Covenant – a government and industry initiative to reduce the negative environmental effects of packaging on our environment.
Paper and Cardboard Recycling
If your business creates a large volume of paper and cardboard waste, we can help you save money on your recycling costs. Using a dedicated bin for office paper, newspapers, magazines, phone books, envelopes, manila folders, cardboard boxes, carton and packaging opens up a range of recycling rebates that are not available on co-mingled bins.
Organic Food and Green Waste
If your business generates significant amounts of organic waste, you should consider our organic recycling option. Not only can it reduce your general waste costs, it keeps a reusable resource out of landfill and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
We turn food scraps and green waste into compost, mulch, and, in some cases, nutrient intensive liquid fertilizer. It’s a great result for your waste costs and the environment.
Soft Plastic Recycling
The plastic wrapping, strapping and film used to protect goods in transit all recycle wonderfully well. So much so, they get their own category, bin and rebate structure. If your business generates a lot of soft plastic waste, get in touch to see how much you could save.
Education and Awareness
Waste and recycling education is central to raising awareness about the importance of recycling and to changing behaviours within your business. We can partner with you to deliver educational programs to help you achieve the best results for your company and the environment.
Delivering Tangible Results
We have helped deliver tangible results for organisations across a number of different sectors:
- Working with a leading food manufacturer, we successfully redirected 90 per cent of their waste from landfill.
- Through recycling, reprocessing and reselling the mineral oil sourced from thousands of automotive workshops around Australia, we have saved the equivalent of 943 000 barrels of oil per annum.
- We’ve turned damaged and surplus brewery products into soil conditioners to improve poor soil quality.
- Working with a consortium of local councils, we designed, managed and ran a transfer station which helped to reduce waste going to local landfills by 80 per cent.
Public Place Recycling
The environmental importance of recycling has created the expectation that you will be able to recycle items wherever you go – from shopping centres to sports venues and music festivals. Our public place recycling program is a system designed to collect recyclable materials from high-use public areas.
We engage a range of key stakeholders to ensure we meet the ever changing needs and growing expectations of your patrons and organisation. We work with you to help you achieve the most effective recycling and waste management process through waste audits and bin assessments; educational programs with staff, tenants, cleaners and key stakeholders; bin placement advice and so much more.
Waste and Recycling Assessments
We can review the waste and recycling streams in your business to help you reduce waste and increase recycling levels. Using a tried and true waste assessment framework, we work closely with customers to analyse and review waste materials. Identifying areas where you can increase resource recovery and recycling and avoid waste, such as reducing the overall amount of materials coming into your business, can help you manage your waste materials more efficiently. Simple changes such as waste avoidance, recycling your packaging materials or exploring your organisation’s capacity for ‘green purchasing’ can help reduce costs and bolster your recycling.
Understanding your material inputs and waste outputs helps to:
- Identify opportunities for waste minimisation and cleaner production
- Identify process inefficiencies that can be improved to minimise waste
- Review waste management and storage options
- Identify cost savings through alternate waste management strategies
- Identify disposal alternatives
- Develop more effective resource recovery and recycling systems
Resource Recovery Solutions
We view all waste as a resource and place a strong focus on incorporating recovery, recycling and reuse in everything we do. Our sustainable approach to waste management aims to maximise material recovery and recycling and minimise and treat the risk from hazardous waste disposal.
We work closely with clients to understand their processes and requirements, so we can provide integrated waste management solutions to effectively reduce total waste, enhance resource recovery and achieve a minimal impact on the environment. Our resource recovery solutions can be tailored to focus on specific environmental elements such as energy recovery, waste material recycling, water recycling, treating hazardous waste and minimising the overall carbon footprint.
Cleanaway collects and treats organic materials such as grease trap waste, green waste, food waste, waste generated by abattoirs, organic wastes from industrial processes as well as biosolids waste generated by sewage treatment plants. These wastes are beneficially used for soil conditioners, potting mixes, composting, land rehabilitation, landscaping, forestry and agricultural purposes. Biosolids and organic waste applications are used on large-scale agriculture and mine site rehabilitation projects across Australia. Waste oil is also collected and processed for reuse as pristine base oil.
Construction and demolition waste materials that would otherwise go to landfill are recovered for recycling and reuse in purpose built resource recovery facilities and at landfills. Concrete and bricks are crushed down for reuse; soil and wood are reused as mulch and woodchips for horticultural use; clean timber waste recovered is reused as fuel for power plants and metals are recycled.
Cleanaway also operates a range of municipal and commercial Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) that have a focus on recovery of packaging materials for recycling. Our recycling program for commercial and industrial businesses is supported by the Australian Packaging Covenant and has been recognised in Packaging Industry Awards.
We also recover gas from landfills to generate green electricity. This waste-to-energy process reduces landfill gas emissions and provides green power to the electrical grid.
Knowing how to recycle correctly using your recycling bin at home, in public places or at work helps increase the amount of material that can be recycled.
If you place waste and recycling items in the wrong bin, it causes ‘contamination’. High levels of contamination means materials are not recycled and are instead sent to landfill.
- Never put your recycling in plastic bags – place loose recyclables straight into your recycling bin
- Read any bin stickers, flyers and signs on or around your bins to make sure you place materials in the right bins
- Make sure recyclable items are not heavily contaminated with food, liquids or hazardous materials
- Fold cardboard boxes down flat to fit more in your bin
- Clean your takeaway food containers to enable them to be recycled
- Empty food tins can be recycled if they are cleaned
- Take the lids off bottles and empty out any residual liquid
- You can recycle empty aerosols like deodorants and air fresheners
- Only certain plastics are recyclable in different recycling bins – plastics have identification code symbolson the bottom or side of the bottle/container.
- Generally plastics are recyclable, however some councils also recycle numbers 3, 4, 6 and 7 plastics. Check your recycle bin sticker to see what plastics are accepted in your area or call your local council.
- If you are unsure, ask us or your local council – you may save some materials from ending up in landfill.
Things you CAN’T put in your standard commingled RECYCLING bin
- Plastic bags
- Polystyrene foam
- Syringes and sharps
- Clothes, shoes, towels and fabric
- Garden waste and dirt
- Electronics (e-waste) – computers, phones, radios, headphones
- Batteries and car parts
- Waxed cardboard
- Broken crockery and tableware
- Cooking oil, chemicals, paints and liquids
More ways you can recover, recycle and reuse
Some things that you can’t put in your standard recycling bin can still be recycled, reduced or reused through other means:
- Plastic bags can often be recycled at local supermarkets
- Items such as mobile phones, printer cartridges and other electronic waste can be recycled at select retailers
- Clothes, shoes and toys can be taken to your local charity bin or shop
- Buy in bulk – by choosing products with less packaging you can help reduce waste
- Reusable shopping bags can be used to avoid plastic bags
- Use rechargeable batteries in household items
- Compost your kitchen scraps or use a worm farm
- Reuse scrap paper as notepaper
- Only print items when absolutely necessary and use double sided printing
- Choose recycled products, products with recycled content and products that can be recycled after use
Our specialist facilities are designed to environmentally manage various types of recycling and waste materials.
As a sustainable waste solutions company, we are involved in the overall process of recycling, resource recovery and waste management. This includes managing post collection facilities across Australia that are designed to maximise the amount of resources recovered and dispose of any residual waste in a safe and compliant way.
Not only will we collect and transport your waste and recycling, we can also close the resource recovery loop through one of our material recovery facilities, recycling centres or technical processing plants. Our knowledge across the entire process gives us the smarts to manage your requirements in the most efficient, cost effective and environmentally compliant way.
Our full complement of facilities includes recycling and resource recovery facilities, engineered landfills, transfer stations, specialist construction and demolition recycling facilities, treatment plants, re-refineries, hydrogenation plants, laboratories, organic waste processing and waste-to-energy capabilities.
What happens to your recycling?
Ever wonder what happens to the recyclable materials after they have been processed? Your recycling bins are emptied and the recyclable materials are processed and sorted at a Recycling Centre or Material Recovery Facility (MRF) but what happens next?
Materials are treated and the resources are recovered in a number of different ways:
Steel tins are baled and sold to recyclers to be remade into steel products and packaging. Steel is ‘detinned’ to remove the thin layer of tin and is then heated using a furnace and mixed with other recycled scrap metal.
The melted product is then poured into casters to make ingots. Steel is 100 per cent recyclable so these recycled steel ingots can be used to make new car bodies, cans, aerosols, bikes, BBQs, furniture and whitegoods.
Aluminium cans and aerosols are baled and sent to a processing plant, where they are heated and melted in a furnace.
The liquid metal is cast into ingots that are then rolled into sheets in a mill and sent to the manufactures to be made back into aluminium products such as can, aerosols, bikes, cars and even planes. Recycled aluminium is just as good quality as aluminium made straight from bauxite and is more environmentally friendly.
Glass is stockpiled and transported to a glass beneficiation plant where the glass is scanned for any impurities and carefully sorted to remove items such as pyrex, ceramics, china, bone, oven proof glass and any other products that will not melt down. Once melted down, the sorted glass is mixed with cullet (crushed glass) for remoulding back into the new bottles and jars. Glass can take up to 1000 years to breakdown in landfill but recycling glass only requires only 40 per cent of the energy necessary to make glass from sand.
Plastic is baled and sent to recycling plants where it is shredded into small pieces and then washed. A floatation process separates plastics that may be mixed together due to lids being left on the products. Plastic is melted and stretched into strands, cooled, and cut into pellets or ground into powder. The plastic pellets and powders are sent to manufactures to be moulded and cast back into plastic products and packaging. Recycled plastic is used to make new bottles and containers, wheelie bins, guideposts, fence pickets, irrigation pipes and fleece jumpers.
Paper and cardboard
Baled paper and cardboard is delivered to a recycling plant where it is shredded and mixed with water at high speed to create paper fibres. The pulp is passed through cleaning and screening equipment to remove plastic, dirt and staples and then heated to remove ink and glue and is treated with chemicals and heated to loosen the ink. The cleaned pulp is diluted with water and mixed with smaller amounts of paper making additives.
The paper is then turned into new paper and cardboard products. Recycled paper and cardboard can be used to make packaging, industrial paper, tissues, newspapers, insulations, kitty litter and moulded cartons for eggs and fruit.
Organic Waste & By-products
Specialist services for beneficial use of your liquid or solid organic by-products. Operating since 1994, Cleanaway Organics is an established industry leader in the management of biosolids, effluent and liquid organic by-products.
Each year, we beneficially use over 75,000 tonnes of organic solids, and over 90,000 tonnes of organic liquids in land application, on behalf of Government Water Authorities and key national food manufacturers. We provide our clients with a complete range of services from by-product assessments to identification of suitable end use sites, soil sampling, spreading & injecting services, as well as post application reporting for relevant regulatory requirements.
Our team comprises professional agricultural, soil and environmental scientists and experienced operators backed by a fleet of purpose built equipment and vehicles for all processing and applications requirements. Cleanaway have the flexibility and commercial reach to operate year round beneficial use schemes and are dedicated to deliver you the highest level of operational safety, quality and environmental compliance.
Organic By-Products & Biosolids
Professional expertise on innovative, practical and sustainable solutions that meet regulatory requirements. We have extensive experience in providing beneficial solutions for a wide range of organic by-products including: biosolids (treated sewage sludge); food waste and treated grease trap waste.
This form of waste is a valuable resource that contains nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and organic matter which have been demonstrated to improve soil fertility. Our sampling and assessment services will assess your by-product to determine the end uses that are most appropriate to relevant state regulations and guidelines including: land application, composting, land rehabilitation, landscaping or forestry.
Land suitability assessments, management plans and audits
Giving you the confidence that your organic by-products are being handled in accordance with industry Best Practice.
By-product sampling and assessment
Cleanaway can conduct your organic by-product sampling and assessment for agronomics and potential contaminants or provide advice on your own sampling program in order to meet relevant state guidelines.
We use and recommend NATA-accredited laboratories and can provide an ongoing biosolids classification service for major clients.
Land suitability assessments
Our team of environmental and soil scientists can conduct detailed site assessments to ensure the suitability of land application of organic by-products that meet industry best practice for effluent, biosolids and food manufacturing by-products.
Detailed site reports that investigate landform elements such as slope and groundwater, use considerations, potential impacts on sensitive areas, soil suitability and agronomic opportunities.
Cleanaway reports will also include information onsite conditions, proposed site activities and determine the appropriate controls to avoid impact on the environment and community to give you confidence that your operations meet Best Practice.
We can also liaise with government authorities and the community, as well as assisting with obtaining any approvals and licenses.
Management plans and audits
Cleanaway’s services include analysis or auditing of your current management practices and can optimise economically and environmentally sustainable management strategies to suit your requirements.
This can include management plans that address operational procedures to manage tasks associated with the beneficial use of biosolids including loading, transport, stockpiling, and application.
Our effluent management plans include a review of existing wastewater management practices and an assessment of utilisation areas. Recommendations for sustainable irrigation are made regarding wastewater quality, storage and application.
Consulting Services for Organic by-products, effluent and biosolids
Cleanaway consultants provide you with integrated solutions through innovative systems and procedures ensuring that we meet your needs, delivering safety and quality while minimising the environmental and community impacts.
- soil and water monitoring;
- land suitability assessment;
- environmental planning,
- documentation and lodgment;
- effluent management plans;
- biosolids research and market surveys;
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping of end use sites;
- stakeholder engagement and community consultation;
- year-round logistics management of organics transport; and
- spreading and injecting services for biosolids and other organic by-products.
Cleanaway can tailor a program to suit the needs of your business now and into the future.
Organic waste transportation
Handling all your requirements with a fleet of purpose-built vehicles.
We are experts in logistics have a fleet of vehicles and tankers dedicated to transport liquid organics or solid organics to land sites where it is then used, to directly improve the fertility and structure of agricultural soils. For peace of mind, all drivers are inducted into Cleanaway Spill Management Plans and Transport Procedures and are supported by our 1800 SPILLS national emergency response service. We believe this integrated approach to compliance, legislation and workplace health and safety for collection, transport and beneficial use ensures that you can have confidence in our operations.
Cleanaway operates under an externally certified Health Safety and Environment Management System to meet the requirements of key Australian standards for quality, environment and OHS.