Matthana Jenyns was recently recognised by Cleanaway as an “Exceptional Operator” for her outstanding pick rate and contributing the high quality of materials produced at our Perth Material Recovery Facility (MRF).
“To be recognised as an Exceptional Operator has been the highlight of my time with Cleanaway – and I’m sure there will be more highlights to come,” Matthana said of her award.
After graduating from university in Thailand, Matthana moved to Australia where her first job was with Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, working in their recycling facility. Matthana joined Cleanaway in 2007 where she worked for a seven-year stint, then re-joined the company in 2017. “Walking into a brand-new and very shiny Material Recovery Facility in May 2017 was one of my most memorable days at work,” says Matthana.
Cleanaway’s Perth MRF uses advanced sorting technology that can separate recycling into eight specific waste streams. The facility supports commingled recycling services for both municipal and commercial customers.
One of the major issues impacting the quality of commingled recycling today is when contamination like food, plastic bags and fabric is mixed in with the recyclables. Working on the sort line means Matthana sees firsthand the types of material that comes through the MRF and plays a crucial role in ensuring that contamination does not make it through the sorting line.
“People have no idea how much and how many different types of rubbish is mixed in with the recycling. For example, I deal with needles, emergency flares and nappies almost every day!”
Outside of work, Matthana enjoys shopping, cooking and enjoying good food with friends and family. She believes in making the most of life and embracing opportunities. “If I were to give advice to my younger self, it would be to meet more people and travel the world – don’t say ‘I will do it tomorrow or next year,’” she says.
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