If you have a kerbside recycling bin service, it makes recycling at home easy. Unfortunately, this great effort can literally go to waste by contamination—putting items in the bin that aren’t accepted for recycling in your area, or products that haven’t been cleaned out properly.
The first step to recycling is to check your local council website to see what is and isn’t accepted in your kerbside bin (there are different rules in different council areas).
It’s important to put the correct items in the bin, to ensure everything gets recycled.
A few general tips for better recycling:
- find out what recycling options are available near you for recycling items like e-waste, batteries, and paint.
- you can put drink containers in your recycling bin at home or collect your 10 cent refund on eligible containers by dropping them into your nearest container refund point
- do not put your recyclables into the recycling bin in a plastic bag
- clean out your recycling items to make sure they are accepted for recycling—a quick rinse or a scrape out of left-over food can make all the difference
- keep grass clippings, garden waste, food and liquid out of your recycling bin, as they can ruin items and make them unsuitable for recycling
- do not put soft, scrunchable plastics in the recycling bin, instead fill up a bag each week with soft plastics and drop them into a REDcycle bin at your nearest participating supermarket
- recycle your coffee cup lids and drop the cups into participating stores (like 7Elevens) for recycling (or better still, bring your own cup!).
Visit your local council website to find out more about recycling in your area.
In this guide:
- Rethink your waste
- Reducing food waste
- Buying better
- Choosing to refuse and reuse
- Recycling right
- Respecting people and the environment