The Cost of Recycling and the Waste Recycling Industry

imageWaste and how to dispose of it has become a major issue in Australia today.

Current government legislation aims to reduce landfill content across all states by reprocessing more domestic, commercial and industrial waste thereby reducing landfill.
To encourage reprocessing they are pushing up the cost of landfill with levies and charges such as the Carbon Pricing Mechanism (CPM), thereby making it too expensive to dispose at landfill sites in the normal fashion with common waste materials.

In short the consumer will pay more for direct landfill and less to recycle.

Industries reprocessing waste are growing each year as various recycled products become economically viable through new technology. These new technologies have seen more and more of our waste put to good use in new products that are created using less raw materials and non-renewable resources.

Eastern Recycling (ER) is working to provide a cost effective alternative to landfill by extracting as much reusable material from incoming waste as is economically viable.

The average person does not realise the sorted material Eastern Recycling processes at its transfer station in Ringwood has associated costs - few materials are cheap to handle and dispose of.

Most processing facilities charge us for delivery and some are great distances away as nobody wants to live next to them. The reason they charge us is to cover their costs for the infrastructure, internal handling and sorting, transport, research and development of new processes, insurances, registration and depreciation and maintenance of equipment.
ER bears its costs, as do the facilities we provide the recyclables to.

Only by receiving these materials and being able to charge for them can these industries produce goods and make enough profit to continue trading.

These products are then put to market and purchased by many of the people that helped to create them. This ‘product cycle’ is cost-driven and all of us as consumers need to be aware that waste comes ‘at a cost’ and the more goods we acquire, the more goods we have to dispose of.

If only we thought of the disposal process when we bought something…maybe we might think twice…”Do I really need this”.

Our Waste Regulations:

Allowable Waste

  1. Uncontaminated soil, rocks, concrete, bricks and roofing tiles 
  2. Building materials such as plaster, timber, glass, metal and packaging
  3. Furniture, electrical goods and white goods
  4. Garden green waste

Extra Charge Items

  1. Mattresses (all sizes), gas bottles, motor oil and tyres.

Scrap Metal

  1. Clean loads – including car bodies, white goods, plumbing etc.


Unacceptable Waste 

  1. Asbestos or materials containing asbestos such as A/C sheet and A/C pipe (A/C translates to Asbestos Cement)
  2. Contaminated and/or hazardous waste
  3. Putrescible waste such as food, garbage etc.
  4. Liquids or chemicals
  5. Wet Paint
  6. Items containing refrigeration gas 
  7. Medical waste. 

Please note: This is to protect our workers from personal injury and Eastern REcycling from relevant state authorities and national waste laws.

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