Kimbriki’s main objective is to divert as much waste as possible from landfill and as such, has designated areas for the collection of many recyclable materials, as well as on-site recycling operations. Separating your load before you arrive will increase diversion from landfill and may save you time and money.
Kimbriki has designated recycling collection
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The Household Recycling Area at Kimbriki is well used by local residents, local businesses and residents of neighbouring Councils. Approximately 200 tonnes of material per month are received in this area for recycling.
There are separated collection points for various recyclables including:
- Household recyclables such as bottle glass, recyclable plastics (PET and HDPE),
aluminium cans, and cardboard and paper
- Vehicle batteries
- Motor oil
- Charity toy repair
- Charity clothing collection
see http://www.getitrightbinnight.vic.gov.au/how-recycling-works/ for a very cool animation about recycling.
Learn more about where recyclables end up
Computers and TV recycling
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Computers and televisions are accepted at Kimbriki for recycling under the following conditions:
- Any householder or small business operator, in a car, ute or trailer, may deliver up to 15 items free to Kimbriki.
- Items must be placed in the designated 'Television and computer recycling' area. Customers must unload their own waste.
Items that are accepted at the Kimbriki Computer and TV Recycling Area are limited to:
- Computer Monitors
- Personal and Portable Computers
- Printers, Scanners and Computer Peripherals
- Other Computer Parts, Cords and Cables
Items that are NOT accepted at the Kimbriki Computer and TV Recycling Area, however:
- Metal Appliances
Metal encased DVD or VCR Players and Sound Equipment are accepted FREE when delivered to our metal recycling area.
- Plastic Appliances
Are accepted as a charged item and must be delivered to the mixed waste area.
- Toner Cartridges
Are NOT accepted at Kimbriki and are not allowed on the site as the contain a chemical. They are better recycled at shops that sell them or via Australia Post retailers.
- Mobile Phones
Are NOT accepted at Kimbriki. They are better recycled where they are sold.
(Please watch this space as mobile phone collection trial may commence Sept 2013.)
Commercial loads are not accepted.
Please contact MRI - 1300 4 EWASTE (1300 4 39278) for delivery to 73 Victoria Street Smithfield, where charges will apply - see http://www.mri.com.au/recycling-fees.shtml
The SHOROC Councils – incorporating Manly, Mosman, Warringah and Pittwater Councils, have banned e-waste from Council's household waste collections and from being accepted for landfill at Kimbriki. So please deliver to the 'Televisions and Computer equipment' recycling area.
This program is sponsored by the television and computer industry.
The collections are organised under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme see http://www.environment.gov.au/settlements/waste/ewaste/index.html
Televisions and computer equipment are delivered to MRI for recycling
More than 98% of PC components can be efficiently recycled by MRI. As with CRT monitors, PCs contain many toxic substances that can contaminate the environment if equipment is carelessly discarded.
MRI's highly efficient recycling processes can divert virtually all of a PC from landfill (i.e more than 98% by weight):
- Steel casings are recycled locally as scrap metal.
- Circuit boards are removed and sent to one of our downstream partners for precious metals recovery.
- Cables are granulated and copper is recovered.
- Plastics, such as the bezels and PVC insulation, are recovered and re-manufactured into useful green products, such as fence posts and pallets.
Depending on our clients' needs, MRI can recycle the product completely, recover parts for reuse, or test and refurbish the item. With the life cycle of a PC around three years, reuse is not only environmentally sound, it allows disadvantaged members of our community access to inexpensive technology.
MRI and the Environment
Many components found in computer equipment can potentially harm our environment if disposed of incorrectly. Lead, Mercury, flame retardants and cadmium are the major concern. If the product goes to landfill, these toxins can over time leach into groundwater and our waterways.
Packaging is often a problem. MRI has recently engaged with major brand owners to help redesign packaging in view of safe and easy disposal.
Manufacturers are also making an effort to find suitable green alternatives when designing new equipment. Clever reuse rather than recycling is often ignored when talking about the environment. If the life of a product can be extended, the energy and carbon required in its original production can be spread across a number of years. The reality is that a PC from 1995 doesn't do much more than a new one. Most users require only basic word processing and internet browsing and do not require the processing power to launch a space shuttle.
MRI through its activity on a number of environmental and industry bodies is championing solutions to tackle the growing e-waste problem in Australia. Landfill bans and workable models of extended producer responsibility is our aim. See www.mri.com.au for more information
Metal, including whitegoods and car bodies, is placed in skip bins at Kimbriki and collected by Sell and Parker for recycling. Non ferrous metals are collected for recycling by Associated Scrap. Approximately 250 tonnes of material in total per month is collected, recycled and diverted from landfill.
Recycling metals such as steel and aluminium has significant environmental benefits including:
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- Reduced need for extraction of natural materials
- Energy savings of up to 75% (steel) and 95% (aluminium) when producing metal from recycled material rather than raw materials which, in turn, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change
- Reduced waste in landfill
Vegetation and Wood Waste Recycling
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Australian Native Landscapes (ANL) operates the vegetation and wood waste recycling area at Kimbriki. The operation receives approximately 65,000 tonnes of vegetation and wood waste per annum from Council collections, self haul residents and commercial customers.
Once received the material is shredded and stockpiled for up to 6 months before it is screened and used to produce a variety of woodchip mulch and soils. Kimbriki’s proud history of very low contamination supports the quality of these mulches and soils which can be purchased on site alongside other horticultural products.
Since establishment in 1992 the vegetation recycling operation at Kimbriki has diverted over 1 million tonnes from landfill.
Click here for information on purchasing recycled garden products.
Construction and Demolition Materials Recycling
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Concrete Recyclers operates a construction and demolition recycling area at Kimbriki. The site receives approximately 60,000 tonnes of material per year including waste concrete, asphalt, brick and roof tiles from local contractors and residents.
Once received, the material is rigorously examined to ensure no contamination is present (asbestos is a special concern) before being crushed to produce a range of recycled road bases, aggregates, and sand. These recycled products are available for purchase from Concrete Recyclers at Kimbriki.
Since establishment in 1994 this operation has diverted more than 1 million tonnes of building and demolition waste from landfill.
Click here for information on purchasing recycled road bases, aggregates, gravels and sands.
Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre also has a Buy Back Centre where furniture and second hand building materials, including timber recovered from landfill material, by Kimbriki staff, are available for purchase at competitive prices.