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Recycling and Disposal FAQ

Recycling and Disposal FAQ

All of Mount Gambier’s kerbside recycling goes to the Green Triangle Recyclers facility in Mount Gambier where it is sorted into different categories – paper, cardboard, metal, glass, PET plastic (#1), HDPE plastic (#2) etc. The materials are baled and then sent to other facilities to be turned into new products. The recycling industry is an open market, where recycling processors sell their material where they can get the highest price. Here are some examples of what happens to Mount Gambier’s recycling:

• Cardboard and mixed paper are sent to facilities in Victoria and New South Wales where they are turned into new recycled paper products.

• Newspaper is sent to Adelaide where it’s turned into kitty litter.

• PET plastic (#1) is sent to Sydney where it’s turned into plastic bottles.

• HDPE plastic (#2) is sent to Moama NSW where it’s turned into drainage pipes.

Only contamination from recycling bins is sent to landfill. This highlights the importance of making sure you don’t contaminate your recycling bin. For further information view these videos.

The Mount Gambier Library offers free disposal of small domestic batteries up to the size of a 6V battery only. Batteries can also be disposed of at the Waste Transfer Station.

The Mount Gambier Library offers free disposal of x-rays.

Old mobile phones and accessories can be dropped off in the Mobile Muster Bin either at the Mount Gambier Library or the Council Office, (Civic Centre – Watson Terrace).