Residents reminded to Recycle Right

Community life - 17 July 2018

With increasing pressure on the recycling industry as countries like China tighten their import restrictions, it’s never been more important to recycle right.

Contamination in yellow recycling bins is a big problem in the Kempsey Shire and impacts the whole community. 

Non-recyclables can pose a danger to staff who hand-sort items and can potentially result in whole truck-loads of recycling being sent to landfill. 

By sorting our waste properly, we can keep costs low, make sure more is recycled and save valuable space in landfill. 

Remember to recycle right. Plastic wrap must be removed from newspapers and magazines. Take the lids off containers and be sure there is no food or liquid inside. Don’t put recyclables into a box or bag, leave them loose.

Items that belong in the yellow recycling bin include steel, tin and aluminium cans, empty aerosols, clear, brown and green glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers, cardboard boxes, newspapers, magazines, office paper and junk mail.

The worst offenders when it comes to recycling contamination are plastic bags, soft plastics and nappies. 

Other items that should never be placed in the yellow bin include Tetrapaks, aluminium food trays, food or general waste, plastic toys, polystyrene or foam, batteries, wire or electrical cords, shredded paper, light bulbs, mirrors, drinking glasses, ceramics, pyrex or pottery. 

Recycling is great but reusing and refusing is even better. It’s easy to reduce your waste by choosing products with less packaging, buying in bulk, shopping with your own reusable bags and containers and carrying your own reusable coffee cups and drink bottles. 

You could also put a ‘no junk mail’ sign on your letterbox, make litter-free lunches with reusable containers and cutlery, and sell, give or donate unwanted items instead of throwing them away.

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Children putting recycling into yellow bin