It's National Recycling Week | Keep up your side of the recycling bargain

MODERN: JJ's Waste & Recycling has recently upgraded and modernised the infrastructure at two Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in regional Victoria. Photo: Supplied
MODERN: JJ's Waste & Recycling has recently upgraded and modernised the infrastructure at two Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in regional Victoria. Photo: Supplied

National Recycling Week aims to help all Australians take waste and recycling issues into their own hands. This year, the campaign will seek to positively highlight the advancements made over the campaign's 25 years.

In addition to raising awareness of the continued importance of recycling amongst the Australian public.

To find out what recycling advancements are being made in the region, we spoke with JJ's Waste & Recycling who have recently upgraded the infrastructure at two Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in regional Victoria.

"We have operated MRFs in Bendigo and Wangaratta since 2018, and over this time we have seen the sorting technology improve dramatically in the recycling industry, which has in turn improved the quality of materials being processed," Regional Victorian Manager, Jonathon Fisher said.

"This is why we recently decided to invest over $1m in upgrading our MRF's to ensure we recover as much recyclable material from local business and households as possible."

Annually, JJ's Waste's MRFs receive 27,000 tonnes of recycling material, plus 7500 tonnes of paper, from residents and businesses.

"Having the ability to provide a high-quality recyclable paper product to the market not only feeds the circular economy, but benefits local onshore markets," Mr Fisher said. "We recently invested in upgrading our paper sorting line which has resulted in a higher recovery rate for both paper cardboard."

With businesses doing their part in improving recycling for the region, what can householders also do to help more?

"Following your local Council guidelines, on what can and cannot be placed in recycling bins is crucial.

"Our facilities play their part in removing items that cannot be recycled, however, items such as batteries and e-waste are incorrectly being placed in recycling bins," Mr Fisher adds. "These items pose a fire risk to collection drivers and MRF sorting operators and should not be disposed of in the yellow lidded bin."

The JJ Richards Bendigo depot is located at 5-11 Piper Lane East Bendigo, and is central to areas such as Heathcote, Castlemaine, Maryborough, Kyneton, Daylesford and many other domestic and commercial hubs. Phone 5442 5378.

Following your local council guidelines, on what can and cannot be placed in recycling bins is crucial.

Regional Victorian Manager, Jonathon Fisher
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