The contents of the City of Cockburn’s yellow lid recycling bins are sent to Veolia's
recycling facility in Bibra Lake, where the materials are separated and sent away for recycling into new products. This facility was not affected by the Cleanaway facility fire in October 2019.
Until recently, many of Western Australia's recyclable materials were sent to China, the world's largest manufacturer. On 1 January 2018, China implemented their 'National Sword Program' which banned the import of 24 types of waste and put in place much stricter standards for contamination levels. As a result, other countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia received an oversupply of material and also stopped accepting imports. This has made recyclable materials harder to sell and has pushed down commodity prices across the world.