5 May 2021

On Monday 12 April 2021, the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) was informed that a large amount of money had been received the previous week at its Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) in Canning Vale.

It is suspected the money had been placed in a yellow-topped recycling bin where it was subsequently picked up by a waste truck and transported to the MRF for processing. 

Workers at the RRRC discovered the money as it passed through the sorting cabins on a conveyer belt, and it is alleged that several of them took the money and did not report it.

A WA Police investigation is currently underway.

SMRC Chairperson Councillor Doug Thompson says the SMRC is fully cooperating with Police.

“SMRC management do not condone this type of behaviour and were not aware of the money being found, until the Police informed us,” Cr Thompson said.

“The SMRC is also reviewing its policies to make sure that workers are aware of the correct conduct and reporting procedures if this type of thing happens again in the future.”

The Police investigation has established the amount of cash to be under $40,000. The origin of the cash has not yet been established.

Several search warrants were executed and to date three staff members have been charged.

Cr Thompson said perhaps this is a good opportunity to remind residents to put the right thing in the right bin.

“Obviously money doesn’t belong in the recycling bin – don’t put your treasure in the trash!”

For what goes in which bin, visit reycleright.wa.gov.au or download the Recycle Right app.


For further information please contact:

Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager
Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC)
Mobile: 0488 594 324 | Email: tbelcher@smrc.com.au


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About the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council

The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (SMRC) is one of five regional councils in the Perth metropolitan area and is a local government entity. The SMRC region currently spans 340km2, servicing 110,000 households with a combined population of over 288,000 people. The SMRC was established in 1991. Member councils include the City of Fremantle, City of Melville, City of Kwinana and Town of East Fremantle. 

Over the past 20 years, the SMRC has diverted 1.8 million tonnes of waste from landfill, processed 2.7 million tonnes of household domestic waste, produced more than 1.2 million tonnes of products for re-use and reducing the carbon impact of the waste stream by 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. The SMRC was also the first to roll out FOGO to metro households in 2019.

The RRRC was the first of its kind in Australia whereby all processing facilities are co-located together with integrated education and tours facilities. The RRRC is owned and operated by the SMRC and has allowed many barriers and impediments in the marketplace to be overcome and risks to be appropriately managed.

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