The kerbside collection trucks dump everything into a massive
pile on the floor of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF).
From there, it's pushed onto a conveyor belt and air forced
through it to separate all the items.
The first sort happens in the inspection room first where a team
of people pulls out contaminants that shouldn't have been put into
the yellow bin.
Everything then travels over 4 angled screens that remove
different types of paper.
- The first screen removes cardboard;
- The second and third screens remove newspaper; while
- The fourth screen removes magazines and pamphlets
Once all the paper products have been removed, all that's left
of the recycling is plastic and metal.
Next, a magnet and eddy current separates the steel and
aluminium leaving only plastics. Plastic bottles are then
perforated so they can completely collapse when compressed in the
Finally, all of the plastics are automatically screened and
diverted into chambers for HDPE, PET and Mixed 1-7.
Once the materials are sorted, they're fed into baler,
compressed and bound with wire. The bales are then loaded into
containers or onto trucks to start their journey to become new