Transfer Stations Accept Glass and Cardboard Under Alert Level 3

Transfer Stations at Oxford and Southbrook will be accepting cardboard and glass again soon after we move into Alert Level 3.

Clean glass bottlesAlert Level 4 placed some heavy restrictions on transfer station operations, which were only able to remain open for commercial disposal, and household rubbish had to be placed in skips in Council rubbish bags inside the stations gates. Recycling nationwide was put on hold.

The Southbrook Transfer Station will be accepting rubbish and green waste disposal, as well as being able to accept glass (lids off) from Tuesday 28 April. From Monday 4 May it will be able to take clean flattened cardboard.

The Oxford Transfer Station will be able to take cardboard and glass from Friday 1 May. However, the pit at Oxford will remains closed and residents with loads of rubbish will need to use the Southbrook Resource Recovery Park.

Other recyclables such as plastics, hazardous waste, scrap metal and whiteware are still unable to be accepted at this time.

Solid Waste Manager Kitty Waghorn reminds residents outside of Councils Kerbside Collection Area who are holding onto plastic recycling, that only plastic types 1, 2 and 5 will be accepted when plastic recycling at Transfer Stations resumes (this date is still to be determined).

Plastic types 1 and 2 are things like soft drink, juice, milk and cream bottles and ice cream containers. Type 5 plastics are often used for large yoghurt containers, margarine, spreads and less rigid containers.

Mixed plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7 and any soft plastic that can be scrunched into a ball will need to go in the rubbish.

“While we can’t accept anything other than glass and cardboard at the moment, it’s important that when we can open up more services, that only the right things go into the plastics container so that the whole load isn’t contaminated. So please keep this in mind when storing recyclables.”

Find out more about Transfer Stations and kerbside recycling changes during COVID-19 here.