Next week is National Recycling Week, which in the lead-up to Christmas serves as a timely reminder about the importance of recycling and minimising waste.
We all know that recycling is a good thing, and that it helps reduce our environmental impact, but many people are still confused about what can be recycled. Sometimes people take the easy option and throw all of their items into general waste – or worse, place non-recyclables into recycling bins!
Since it is National Recycling Week, it is a great time to learn more about what can and can’t be recycled or reused.
So in case you were wondering, here are some kerbside recycling tips:
- When you put materials into your recycling bin, don’t ever put them in a plastic bag.
- Rinse out containers, jars and bottles before putting them in your recycling bin. They don’t have to be spotless, just give them a quick clean.
- Don’t put oven-proof glass, drinking glasses or ceramic mugs in your bin. Just 25g of oven-proof glass can contaminate one tonne of normal glass, making it useless for recycling.
- Remove the lids from bottles and jars before putting items your recycling bin. If you have time you can recycle lids with these tips.
- Pizza boxes, paper bags or cardboard boxes containing food also need special treatment before putting them into your recycling bin. Take out all food items before recycling and remember if the cardboard/paper box or paper bag is too soiled or greasy it cannot be recycled.
- 47% of Australia’s household waste is made up of organic waste like food scraps and garden cuttings. That’s a huge amount of waste to add to landfill so if you have a bin for garden cuttings or your council runs an organic waste collection service make sure you utilise it. Better still, invest in a compost bin, bokashi bin or worm farm to make good use of your organic waste and keep it out of landfill.
For more recycling tips and information visit the National Recycling Week website.
Do you follow all of the tips above? Do you have any more recycling tips for Fairfield residents?