Our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and recycling revolution

In May 2014 we constructed a state-of-the-art, $3.65 million Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and Glass Processing Plant.

Our MRF (pronounced 'Murph') is a specialised plant that sorts, separates and prepares recyclable materials, ready to be sent off and made into new products.

It processes up to 15,000 tonnes of recyclables per year including materials from our neighbouring councils, making us the recycling hub of the region.

Our MRF earns Council money and enables us as a community to deal with the waste created in our own backyards. This is helping us work toward the Imagine Lismore goal of Lismore becoming a model of sustainability.

The better everyone recycles at home, the better the MRF works. We have a set of recycling rules called The Dirty Dozen – 12 Recycling Rules for your Yellow Bin. We encourage everyone to learn these rules and help us keep our recycling stream free of waste.

Our MRF enables us to recycle items that have traditionally been sent to landfill. While we continue to recycle the materials we always have – glass, paper and cardboard, plastics, aluminium and steel – we are now able to recycle bagged plastic bags and soft plastics, and bagged polystyrene.

We have also introduced specially marked Resource Recovery Collection Satchels so you can collect problem waste. This includes household batteries, reading glasses, corks, X-rays, CDs and DVDs, mobile phones, small electronics and printer cartridges. These items can be placed into a Resource Recovery Collection Satchel and when it’s full, placed into your yellow recycling bin.

Resource Recovery Collection Satchels are free and can be picked up from Revolve Shop at 313 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore, Council’s Corporate Centre at 43 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah, and from the Lismore Library at 110 Magellan Street. They are also available at selected primary schools.

For more information on how your recyclables are processed, have a look at our How Does It Work? MRF diagram.