Better practice resource recovery centres

 The Guide to Better Practice at Resource Recovery Centres sets out a continual improvement approach to developing, managing and operating resource recovery centres.

This will help divert materials from landfill and ensure the safe management and handling of recovered materials and residual waste.

Better practice at resource recovery centres benefits owners, operators and other stakeholders through:

  • improved environmental performance
  • more resources diverted from landfill
  • less risk of community complaints
  • reduced environmental risk
  • improved occupational health and safety
  • improved operational efficiencies
  • a more sustainable long-term business model
  • assistance when applying for funding or grants
  • improving a facility’s overall cost structure
  • helping to mitigate against future changes in site design and operations if required by changes to licensing requirements.

How to use this guide

The guide will help with assessing a facility either during site development or upgrade, or while operating and managing a site, against five better practice performance areas:

  • Risk management
  • Meeting stakeholder needs
  • Financial sustainability
  • Smart materials management
  • Futureproofing

The guidance materials enable continuous improvement as well as providing information about minimum standards.

Guides

Guide to Better Practice at Resource Recovery Centres

Guidance to help you assess your facility during site development, upgrade or while operating and managing a site.

Better practice supplementary workbook

This workbook complements the Guide helping resource recovery centres document and assess performance against the better practice guidance.

Transfer station signage

Transfer Station Signage

This collection of posters can be used to optimise resource recovery centre design. The posters have been developed using the relevant Australian Standards and colour coding to provide a consistent approach to help users drop off materials in dedicated areas.

Fact sheets

Close-up of used batteries

Fact sheet - Batteries

Information to help resource recovery centres handle batteries safely and efficiently.

Fact sheet - Combustible recyclable and waste materials

Information about best practice storage and management of combustible recyclable and waste materials.

Pile of concrete rubble

Fact sheet - Concrete and rubble

Information to help resource recovery centres handle concrete and rubble from construction and demolition waste.

Close-up of electronic waste

Fact sheet - E-waste

Information about the acts, regulations, standards and guidelines that apply to e-waste at resource recovery centres and transfer stations.

Close-up of the ends of fluorescent tubes

Fact sheet - Fluorescent lights

Information to help resource recovery centres with the storage, transfer, transport, recycling and disposal of fluorescent lights.

Close-up of gloved hands picking out scraps in a compost heap

Fact sheet - Food and garden organics

Information to help resource recovery centres deal with food and garden organics (FOGO) safely and according to acts, regulations, standards and guidelines.

Pile of prunings and other garden refuse

Fact sheet - Garden organics and timber

Information for resource recovery centres about how to handle grass clippings, small branches, prunings, leaves, flowers and untreated clean timber off-cuts or pallets.

Empty gas cylinders

Fact sheet - Gas cylinders

Information for resource recovery centres about the acts, regulations and guidelines that apply to the storage, transfer, transport and recycling of gas cylinders.

Oil reclamation facility

Fact sheet - Motor oil and cooking oil

Information for resource recovery centres about acts, regulations, standards and guidelines that apply to the management of motor and cooking oils.

Used lounge room furniture in a large shed

Fact sheet - Resale shops

Information about establishing, improving or managing a resale shop facility that sells recovered materials and goods.

Fact sheet - Tyres

Information about the acts, regulations, standards and guidelines that apply to the handling and management of tyres.

The backs of a pair of old refrigerators

Fact sheet - Whitegoods

Information for resource recovery centres about the storage, transfer, transport, recycling and disposal of whitegoods.

Case studies

Anglesea resale shop

Case study - Anglesea Waste and Resource Recovery Facility

The Anglesea site includes a resource recovery facility and resale shed which have undergone improvements, modifications and upgrades.

Signage and entrance gate to the Moonee Valley transfer station

Moonee Valley Transfer Station

Effective source separation and drop-off helps customers at the Moonee Valley Transfer Station, enabling the site to deal with an increasing number of recycling streams.

Waste sorted into neat piles inside a transfer station shed

Mount Scobie (Kyabram) Transfer Station

Mt Scobie transfer station upgrades include construction of a large shed for recyclable material and a drop-off for resalable items which are sold back to the community.

Exterior shot of the Orbost transfer station

Orbost Transfer Station

The improved layout of the Orbost transfer station helps customers recycle correctly and provides the infrastructure needed for future recycling streams.

Wycheproof transfer station

Wycheproof Resource Recovery Centre

Low-cost upgrades to Wycheproof Resource Recovery Centre have improved separation of waste and recycling.

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