Dry Waste Recycling

Dry materials such as timber offcuts, sawdust, textiles and plastics can be processed into alternative fuels that replace fossil fuels in industrial furnaces.
Facts about Dry Waste


of waste can be diverted from landfill via the creation of Processed Engineered Fuel

Types of Dry Waste

Dry waste is comprised of a mix of timber, metals, plastics, cardboard and paper, as well as small amounts of concrete, bricks and rubble.


SUEZ converts dry waste into a high caloric and recyclable energy source called Process Engineered Fuel (PEF), a renewable energy substitute for coal and gas in high combustion facilities such as Adelaide Brighton Cement.

What goes into the dry waste bin?


  • Furniture
  • Mixed papers
  • Plastics & Plastic bags
  • Concrete, Bricks & Rubble
  • Glass & Metal
  • Timber


  • Food & Garden organics
  • Nappies & Sanitary waste

Acceptance criteria varies across States and Territories.



  • Textiles
  • Ceramics/broken glass
  • Non-recyclable packaging
  • Office partitioning
  • Other non-putrescible waste
Bin and container options

Where does dry waste go?

Dry waste gets put in bins or containers with a brown lid or signage.

What happens to dry waste?

Once received at a SUEZ Resource Recovery Facility, material is mechanically and manually sorted, with the ferrous and non-ferrous metals, inert fractions (bricks, concrete etc) and non-recyclables removed from the dry (combustible) portion of this material stream.

All salvaged metals are shipped to specialist external companies for sorting and recycling. The inert fractions are recycled and resupplied to the civil construction market as an alternative to traditional quarried products.

The dry material is then converted into Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) for use as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels.