We work with businesses all over the country to minimise landfill costs by maximising their recoverable and recyclable waste.


Recycling in Australia has matured to a point where it’s becoming the first instinct when we’re looking to throw things away. We’re doing everything we can to capitalise on this behavioral shift to make its fulfillment as easy as possible with an ever-growing range of recycling services.


Education and Awareness

Waste and recycling education is central to raising awareness about the importance of recycling and to changing behaviours within your business. We can partner with you to deliver educational programs to help you achieve the best results for your company and the environment.


Delivering Tangible Results

We have helped deliver tangible results for organisations across a number of different sectors:

  • Working with a leading food manufacturer, we successfully redirected 90 per cent of their waste from landfill.
  • Through recycling, reprocessing and reselling the mineral oil sourced from thousands of automotive workshops around Australia, we have saved the equivalent of 943 000 barrels of oil per annum.
  • We’ve turned damaged and surplus brewery products into soil conditioners to improve poor soil quality.
  • Working with a consortium of local councils, we designed, managed and ran a transfer station which helped to reduce waste going to local landfills by 80 per cent.


Resource Recovery Solutions

We view all waste as a resource and place a strong focus on incorporating recovery, recycling and reuse in everything we do.  Our sustainable approach to waste management aims to maximise material recovery and recycling and minimise and treat the risk from hazardous waste disposal.


We work closely with clients to understand their processes and requirements, so we can provide integrated waste management solutions to effectively reduce total waste, enhance resource recovery and achieve a minimal impact on the environment.  Our resource recovery solutions can be tailored to focus on specific environmental elements such as energy recovery, waste material recycling, water recycling, treating hazardous waste and minimising the overall carbon footprint.


Cleanaway collects and treats organic materials such as grease trap waste, green waste, food waste, waste generated by abattoirs, organic wastes from industrial processes as well as biosolids waste generated by sewage treatment plants. These wastes are beneficially used for soil conditioners, potting mixes, composting, land rehabilitation, landscaping, forestry and agricultural purposes. Biosolids and organic waste applications are used on large-scale agriculture and mine site rehabilitation projects across Australia.  Waste oil is also collected and processed for reuse as pristine base oil.


Construction and demolition waste materials that would otherwise go to landfill are recovered for recycling and reuse in purpose built resource recovery facilities and at landfills. Concrete and bricks are crushed down for reuse; soil and wood are reused as mulch and woodchips for horticultural use; clean timber waste recovered is reused as fuel for power plants and metals are recycled.


Cleanaway also operates a range of municipal and commercial Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) that have a focus on recovery of packaging materials for recycling. Our recycling program for commercial and industrial businesses is supported by the Australian Packaging Covenant and has been recognised in Packaging Industry Awards.


We also recover gas from landfills to generate green electricity. This waste-to-energy process reduces landfill gas emissions and provides green power to the electrical grid.


What happens to your recycling?

Ever wonder what happens to the recyclable materials after they have been processed?  Your recycling bins are emptied and the recyclable materials are processed and sorted at a Recycling Centre or Material Recovery Facility (MRF) but what happens next?


Materials are treated and the resources are recovered in a number of different ways:



Steel tins are baled and sold to recyclers to be remade into steel products and packaging. Steel is ‘detinned’ to remove the thin layer of tin and is then heated using a furnace and mixed with other recycled scrap metal.

The melted product is then poured into casters to make ingots. Steel is 100 per cent recyclable so these recycled steel ingots can be used to make new car bodies, cans, aerosols, bikes, BBQs, furniture and whitegoods.



Aluminium cans and aerosols are baled and sent to a processing plant, where they are heated and melted in a furnace.

The liquid metal is cast into ingots that are then rolled into sheets in a mill and sent to the manufactures to be made back into aluminium products such as can, aerosols, bikes, cars and even planes. Recycled aluminium is just as good quality as aluminium made straight from bauxite and is more environmentally friendly.



Glass is stockpiled and transported to a glass beneficiation plant where the glass is scanned for any impurities and carefully sorted to remove items such as pyrex, ceramics, china, bone, oven proof glass and any other products that will not melt down.  Once melted down, the sorted glass is mixed with cullet (crushed glass) for remoulding back into the new bottles and jars. Glass can take up to 1000 years to breakdown in landfill but recycling glass only requires only 40 per cent of the energy necessary to make glass from sand.