Better practice resource recovery centres

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Better practice guidance is critical to the operation and management of resource recovery centres, to divert materials from landfill and ensure the safe management and handling of recovered materials and residual waste.

The term “Better Practice” is used in place of “Best Practice” because best practice implies that no further improvements or innovation are needed. Better Practice focuses on continually improving a facility as expectations, technology and standards change over time.

These guidance materials aim to promote and inform continuous improvement at resource recovery centres, as well as provide information about minimum standards.


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Guide to Better Practice at Resource Recovery Centres

Better practice at Resource Recovery Centres can provide owners, operators and other stakeholders with many benefits.

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Better practice supplementary workbook

This workbook helps resource recovery centres document and assess their performance against the better practice guidance in the Guide to better practice at resource recovery centres.

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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

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Fact sheet - Batteries

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

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Fact sheet - Concrete and rubble

With suitable processing, concrete and rubble can be reused as clean fill or landfill capping material, recycled into new products or sold to the public.

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Fact sheet - eWaste

Electronic waste must be separated from general waste, as it can contain both hazardous and valuable materials that can be safely disposed of or reclaimed.

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Fact sheet- Fluorescent lights

Fluorescent lights contain hazardous materials, like mercury, that must be disposed of safely, and valuable materials that can be recovered.

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Fact sheet - Food and garden organics

Information to help resource recovery centres handle food and garden organics safely and efficiently.

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Fact sheet - Garden organics and timber

Garden organics and timber are organic material suitable for processing into compost, soil conditioners, mulch and wood chip products.

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Fact sheet - Gas cylinders

Depending on the condition of a gas bottle, it may be suitable for reuse after degassing by either refilling the bottle or recycling it as scrap metal.

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Fact sheet - Motor oil and cooking oil

Waste motor oil must be treated with great care as they can contain trace levels of low flash products which can ignite when exposed to heat or other ignition source.

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Fact sheet - Resale shops

Resale shops are facilities that intercept and divert reusable and saleable materials that are otherwise destined for landfill.

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Fact sheet - Whitegoods

Information to help resource recovery centres handle the potential hazards and OH&S considerations when handling whitegoods.

Case studies

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Case study - Anglesea Waste and Resource Recovery Facility

The Anglesea site has undergone a number of modifications and upgrades.

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Moonee Valley Transfer Station

The number of recycling streams at the Moonee Valley Transfer Station has increased significantly over the last 12 years.

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Mount Scobie (Kyabram) Transfer Station

Mt Scobie transfer station opened to the public in 2000 and forms part of the Goulburn Valley region's waste management infrastructure.

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Orbost Transfer Station

The improved layout of the Orbost site gives customers more clarity about where items should be placed and hosts infrastructure for more future recycling streams.

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Wycheproof Resource Recovery Centre

The Wycheproof Resource Recovery Centre underwent the low-cost, yet effective, upgrades.

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