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Welcome to the Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre

A Circular Solution for Our Community

In a world-first, The Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre combines proven and innovative technologies under one roof, creating a circular economy template for other island nations and small communities to adopt. As we move away from a linear economy model whereby resources are created, used, then disposed of, we find ourselves more aligned to the circular miekduu (resourceful) mindset of our ancestors. By reusing what we have in innovative ways and taking stock of our collective habits as a community, we will play an active role in ensuring a sustainable future for our letl salan (children).

We ask yorli (you all) to join this Norfolk Wave, because the success of this recycling system will rely on the collective effort of all who visit our shores or call Norfolk home. Help us start a wave that ripples across to our Pacific cousins and beyond!

Household Bin Guide

Efficient Recycling Starts at Home

We have created a Household Bin Guide for the community, that serves to function as a handy visual tool in the home or business. The first part of the Guide explains the FIVE waste streams and what goes into each one. The second part contains a flowchart, which is designed to assist yorli with tricker items. You can pick up a FREE A5 Bin Guide (with a magnet strip for the fridge) from the Centre, or download a copy from here by clicking on the link below!

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The New Recycling Centre

Opening Hours

The Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre is now open FIVE days a week. We are closed to the public on Thursdays and Sundays.

 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday we are open from 7am to 2pm.

On Saturday we are open from 7am to 3pm.

We ask that yorli avoid dropping off materials on Saturday if possible. Monday and Wednesday mornings are a quiet time to visit!

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Sorting Our Waste

Incoming Streams

After a thorough assessment of typical waste types and amounts through the Centre, plus taking into consideration the island-wide difficulty of acquiring building materials, the Revolve Your World team have developed a waste strategy that is purpose-built to suit the community. To assist with the efficiency of this new system, we ask that the community separate their waste into the following FIVE waste streams:

 GLASS  FOOD/ORGANICS  RECYCLAPOD  SANITARY  HAZARDOUS

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate your way through this new system. Of particular interest may be the 'Sorting Waste at Home' category in the FAQs. Click on the orange icon below to head to the FAQ page.

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The Recyclapod

The Recyclapod is a small waste processing unit which allows for hand separation and cleaning of waste at the source. There will be three Recyclapods set up inside the new NWRC, and these will receive the island's largest mixed waste stream. When you deliver this waste stream to the Centre, it will be placed onto the Recyclapod bench where our trained sorters will ensure that these streams are cleaned and diverted to correct processing pile. The Recyclapod will also measure waste stream weights which will help guide the community towards waste minimisation opportunities. There is more information about our Recyclapod Unit and Recyclapod waste stream in the Frequently Asked Questions. Click on the orange icon for more info.

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Outgoing Resources & Streams

Once the waste streams are properly sorted by the community and on the Recyclapod bench, we can then process them into resources for the community. Our glass will be turned into different grades of sand, our plastic-lined cardboard and waste timber will be turned into a carbon product to support soils, our plastics will be transformed into concrete aggregate and our organic matter will the processed by the 'HotRot' into nutrient-rich compost. We will still be exporting a small portion of our waste to landfill, though over time, we will be able to isolate a greater number of recyclable streams and find solutions for them - diverting more waste from landfill and reducing the economic load to the community. More info about our Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre outputs in the Frequently Asked Questions.

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Drop Off Areas

Household & Commercial

Household drop off will now occur along the southern wall of the Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre. The inside of the Centre will now be used to process our waste and create resources. The southern wall will be renovated to include a large roller door entrance, plus a lean-to to account for poor weather. Community members will pull up in the 'drop off lane', get out of their car and hand over their waste to staff at the designated benches and waste areas. Once this exchange is complete, this person can leave the Centre by driving in a loop around the complex. Commercial drop off will occur in a different area that will be clearly signposted. Green Waste and Construction Waste are still managed by Council and will remain in the same location. 

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Revolve Your World

Systems for Sustainability

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The team at Revolve Your World (RYW) develops systems that assist communities to resolve key problems related to waste management. Based on a circular economy model, RYW uses localised engagement, education, training practices and a unique waste stream collection system to convert waste streams into community assets and encourage on-going behavioural change. The RYW system also creates localised ownership and responsibility of waste-stream management, with a core focus on waste minimisation. It is important to RYW that the Norfolk Island Recycling Centre is run by trained local staff. To find out more about RYW visit their website www.revolveyourworld.org or click on the link below for more info.

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The Norfolk Wave Recycling Centre

More Than Just a Name!

We are very honoured to have the new Recycling Centre named after the Norfolk Wave! After much discussion around the potential name of the Centre, it came to light that the 'Norfolk Wave' idea could be magnified to encapsulate a wider movement. Not only could we create change in our own community, but through the success of this new recycling system we could create waves of positive movement into the Pacific and beyond. Similar to the way we share a 'Norfolk wave' to each other on the roads, the success of this new recycling system will be a reflection of the many micro connections that make up our community, and the shared hope we hold for Norfolk's future. We look forward to riding this wave with Revolve Your World!

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