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.
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.
This signage guide can be used to optimise resource recovery center design. The guide has been developed using the relevant Australian Standards and colour coding to provide a consistent approach for users to drop-off materials in dedicated areas.
Information to help resource recovery centres handle batteries safely and efficiently.
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.
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.
Fluorescent lights contain hazardous materials, like mercury, that must be disposed of safely, and valuable materials that can be recovered.
Information to help resource recovery centres handle food and garden organics safely and efficiently.
Garden organics and timber are organic material suitable for processing into compost, soil conditioners, mulch and wood chip products.
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.
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.
Resale shops are facilities that intercept and divert reusable and saleable materials that are otherwise destined for landfill.
Information to help resource recovery centres handle the potential hazards and OH&S considerations when handling whitegoods.
The Anglesea site has undergone a number of modifications and upgrades.
The number of recycling streams at the Moonee Valley Transfer Station has increased significantly over the last 12 years.
Mt Scobie transfer station opened to the public in 2000 and forms part of the Goulburn Valley region's waste management infrastructure.
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.
The Wycheproof Resource Recovery Centre underwent the low-cost, yet effective, upgrades.
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