1. What recycling/waste streams does KS Environmental collect?
KS Environmental offers Melbourne businesses a wide range of waste and recycling services including: food organics, paper/cardboard, mixed/commingled recycling (paper, plastic, glass and metals), e-waste/batteries. We can also offer bulk collections for many other waste streams including timber, green waste, polystyrene etc. Through our liquid division we can collect and treat liquid waste.
2. What types of bins are available?
We offer a diverse range of equipment designed to suit your business needs. Bins offered include under desk paper boxes, wheelie bins, dumpster bins, cardboard cages/balers and compactors. We can also custom make equipment onsite.
3. What happens to my mixed/commingled recycling after it is collected?
After the KS Environmental trucks tip your bins the recyclables are taken to a place called a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where a combination of mechanical (e.g. weight, magnets, air) and manual sorting processes separate the different waste streams including paper, cardboard, aluminium cans, steel cans, plastics and glass. From here the separated materials are compacted/baled/packaged and transported to the remanufacturers to start the recycling process.
4. How are the materials recycled?
Each waste stream undertakes a very different recycling process, for information on each process please visit the ‘News & Resources’ section.
5. What are the materials remanufactured into after the various recycling processes?
Paper/Cardboard is remanufactured into:
Office paper, packaging, toilet paper, egg cartons. Paper can be recycled up to seven times!
Click here to read about the paper/cardboard recycling process.
Aluminium cans are remanufactured into:
More aluminium cans! Aluminium is 100% recyclable and does not lose any quality or purity through the recycling process. The process of recycling aluminium can take just weeks so theoretically the same aluminium can be back on the shelf within the month!
Click here to read about the aluminium recycling process.
Steel cans are remanufactured into:
Cars, bicycles, pots/pans and of course more steel cans. As with aluminium, steel can be recycled infinitely.
Click here to read about the steel recycling process.
Plastics are remanufactured into:
Wheelie bins, outdoor furniture, pot plants, crates composts and worm farms.
Click here to read about the plastics recycling process.
Glass is remanufactured into:
New jars, bottles and containers. Recycled glass can also be used as building aggregate, in water filtration, building materials and in some cases to form part of a road base. Glass can be recycled endlessly (without loss of quality) in this manner.
Click here to read about the glass recycling process.
6. What can I put into my mixed/commingled recycling bin?
Acceptable items into your mixed recycling bin include:
Aluminium/steel cans, glass and plastic bottles, paper/cardboard and plastic tubs, jars and bottles with codes 1-7, clean tin foil/alfoil.
The following items are NOT acceptable in your mixed recycling bin:
Food, plastic bags, cling wrap, crockery, scrunchable plastic (e.g. confectionery wrappers/chip packets), polystyrene, waxed cardboard, general waste.
Click here for a printable flyer.
7. What can I put into my food organics recycling bin?
Acceptable items into your food organics bin include:
Fruit & vegetables, plate scrapings, rice & pasta, breads & cake, coffee grounds, flowers, eggs/egg shells.
The following items are NOT acceptable in your food organics bin:
Plastics, alfoil, straws, food handler gloves, glass, cooking oil, metals, chux cloths, paper towels/serviettes, general waste.
Click here for a printable flyer.
8. What happens if I put items I shouldn’t in my recycling bins?
Disposing of items that are not part of the applicable waste stream into the bins will cause contamination and may mean the whole load is rejected at the MRF (and will be diverted to landfill). If you are not sure whether the item can be recycled the safest thing to do is to dispose of it into your general waste.
9. What are the benefits of recycling?
Environmental benefits of recycling include: conserving energy, reducing air and water pollution, reducing greenhouse gases, and conserving natural resources. With landfill resources in Melbourne approaching capacity, we should all be doing our bit to avoid disposing of materials to landfill where possible. From a business point of view reducing your waste to landfill can save you money when proper recycling schemes are put into place.