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New Cardboard Compactor to boost recycling at Yarra’s Clifton Hill Depot

24 March 2015

A state-of-the-art cardboard compactor, which will boost recycling of cardboard, help to reduce the amount of cardboard litter and cut the number of cardboard collection trucks on our roads, is being commissioned on Thursday, 26 March by the Yarra City Council.

The compactor has been purpose-built to fit at Council’s Clifton Hill Depot.  It will compact cardboard that has been deposited at cardboard collection trailers and bins around the municipality, ready for recycling.

Cardboard compacted at the site will be sent to Visy to be turned into sustainable products.

Yarra Mayor, Cr Phillip Vlahogiannis, said “Yarra Council is committed to recycling as a means of caring for our environment and cutting our use of resources”, he said.

“This new compactor provides a fast and easy means of preparing cardboard for recycling and will benefit the community, local business and the environment.”

The compactor, which has been built by WasteTech Engineering, has been funded by Council with the assistance of the Australian Packaging Covenant and Sustainability Victoria.

Cardboard collection bins are located in: Gleadell Street, Richmond, Queens Parade, North Fitzroy, and the Council’s depot at 440 Burnley St, Burnley. Also six cardboard recycling trailers are stationed across Yarra’s shopping strips.


Fast Facts

  • Facts about cardboard Yarra Council estimates 6028 tonnes of cardboard are collected in the municipality each year.  And that amount is growing.
  • Cardboard is one of the easiest and most environmentally effective materials to recycle, as the cardboard fibre has already been processed.
    Cardboard comes back as more cardboard, as furniture, in insulation and in sound proofing material.
  • Manufacturing cardboard products from recycled material, rather than virgin fibre, saves trees, uses up to 99% less water and 50% less energy.
  • Efficient recycling means more than 80% of Australia's paper and cardboard packaging is made from recycled fibre.



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