Where Your Waste Ends Up

Our efforts to recycle and reduce landfill benefit Willoughby environmentally and economically. Click on the images below to find out how your rubbish and recycling is processed.

General Waste Recycling Vegetation
General waste - red lid Recycling bin - yellow lid Vegetation bin - green lid

Stacks of Rubbish

General Waste (Red Lid)

Willoughby’s waste is transported by rail to Veolia Environmental Services’ Woodlawn Bioreactor, near Goulburn. Once there, the waste deposited into the Bioreactor breaks down rapidly to produce methane. The methane is then used to produce green energy. At full capacity, Woodlawn Bioreactor (and the on-site wind farm) is expected to generate almost 300,000MWh per year, providing equivalent power for 37,500 homes per year.

Recycling (Yellow Lid)

Recycling saves landfill space, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves energy and saves water.

The materials in your recycling bin are sorted and sent to reprocessing facilities, to be made into new products. Watch the Planet Ark video below to find out more.

Vegetation (Green Lid)

Green waste is taken to the Eastern Creek composting facility to be screened for inorganic material like glass, and then composted. The mature product has a number of garden uses and is sold wholesale or at retail outlets.