Cleanaway Laverton Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Plastic Recovery Facility is part of Cleanaway’s Victoria Commingled Resource Recovery (VCRR) network of assets acquired from SKM Recycling in October 2019. The facility receives, sorts and processes commercial and municipal recycling from areas around Laverton North to be given a new lease on life. Our facility also hosts an advanced plastic sorting facility that separates plastics into clean, individual polymer grade for sale or input into a pelletising facility.
The re-opening of the facility marks the restoration of Victoria’s recycling capacities which were impacted in 2019. As part of a significant investment to upgrade the facility, Cleanaway Laverton MRF has been fitted with extensive fire control and stormwater systems and equipment has been refurbished to the highest standards of safety.
The major challenge continuing to face kerbside recycling is contamination from items such as textiles, e-waste, batteries and machinery, soft plastic, used nappies, pots and pans, and organic material.
Approximately 20-23% of non-recyclable material is received at VCRR MRFs from commingled recycling collections.
Contamination is particularly problematic because it can destroy good quality recycling and damage machinery in facilities. It’s estimated that an additional 10% of recyclable material is lost due to contamination in processing.
We are committed to supporting councils, residents and businesses to improve recycling rates with our sorting and processing capabilities and through a range of educational material to help manage any uncertainty over bin inclusions including flyers, videos and social media.
Cleanaway Laverton MRF is the latest addition to our network of prized assets designed to support Australia’s growing waste needs with the right infrastructure for resource recovery.