How does mine site recycling work

The mining sector has had an indisputable effect on the Australian economy, including creating lucrative employment opportunities. However, like most dominant industries, mining also produces a vast amount of waste that requires proper handling to prevent pollution of water, air, soil, and land.

Regardless of which type of mine you operate –  from coal, oil, and gas to metal, non-metal and landfill mining – the most effective means of waste management is thorough mine site clear-outs and recycling.

Read to learn how recycling works for mine sites, and the key benefits involved.

The importance of mine site recycling

Mining practices centre around extracting the largest quantity of desired materials possible. This expansive practice then generates a vast amount of waste that needs to be disposed of responsibly.

While different mine sites produce varying types of waste, each location contains equipment, machinery, and metal scraps that should be recycled over dumping in a landfill.

Acquiring expert services for a complete mine site clean up is essential on multiple levels; removing pollutants from the area, deconstructing old machinery/buildings for removal, collecting all metal scraps to sell for recycling, and ensuring the land is prepared for recovery post-mining.

Materials to recycle after a mine site clean up

An impressive amount of mining materials and waste can be recycled, whether for reprocessing to recover minerals or as repurposed metal.


Valuable trace metals such as cobalt and nickel can often be recovered from mining waste, as well as metal scraps found on site. A professional mine site demolition from C.D.Dodd results in scrap metal materials from machinery and vehicles, mining equipment, building constructions, and electronics.

Rock or tailing waste

Waste rock (soil and rocks displaced to reach mineral ores), gangue (waste rock mixed with minerals that need to be processed for ore extraction), and tailing waste (finely ground rocks resulting from mineral processing) need to be recycled properly. Some tailing waste can be reused in haul roads, fills, or subbases.

Liquid waste

Mine water requires treatment to remove contamination before being placed in the environment, while sludge contains both chemicals and solids and must be disposed of as waste material.

Benefits of a thorough mine site demolition

Intensive demolitions and clear-outs of closing mine sites are the most effective way to remove harmful debris and waste products from impacting the environment. Mobile units from expert recyclers provide full site deconstructions, intensive clean-ups and removals, and efficient repurposing of viable scrap metal materials.

The combination of a highly skilled team – trained in mine site operational practices as well as safety protocols – with premium equipment makes C.D.Dodd the leading choice for thorough mine site clean-ups and demolitions across WA.

Find mine site recycling experts at C.D.Dodd

Extensive industry experience and an impeccable safety record has cemented C.D.Dodd’s reputation as a reliable provider of mine site clean-ups and scrap metal collection services across WA.

Fully compliant with all environmental regulations and health and safety legislation, each mobile unit is fully equipped to deal with any scale/nature of mine site demolition and clear out.
Contact us today to discuss a mine site clean-up or demolition, or to book a scrap metal recycling solution for your commercial operation.

Let’s get started


Gate 1, 521 Dundas Road, Forrestfield WA 6058


Lot 109 Bedrock Turn, Gap Ridge Estate, Karratha WA 6714

Port Hedland

10 Trig Street, Wedgefield WA 6721


1 Coath Road, Kalgoorlie West WA 6430