Recycle right!

National Recycling Week 2020

Join Council as we celebrate National Recycling Week and focus on the environmental benefits of recycling.

Now in its 25th year, Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week (Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November 2020) provides an important opportunity for councils, workplaces, schools and individuals to improve their recycling knowledge, build better recycling habits and build trust in recycling.

This year’s theme is ‘Recovery - A future beyond the bin’.

We invite you to value the resources you have by giving them a second life, reducing how much you buy brand new and trying to reuse and recycle more. Reducing how much waste we each create not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill but protects our environment via reduced mining and processing for new resources. Reducing and reusing can also save you money at home and at work.

We encourage you to put the correct items in the recycling bin to stop contamination and maximise recycling.

To help you recycle right we are sharing this infographic which explains the recycling process - what happens to your kerbside recycling once it is picked up?

Graphic showing the kerbside recycling process


Recycle right! It’s never been so important

The recycling industry is under increasing pressure as countries like China are tightening their import restrictions and are only accepting high quality recyclables. That means it’s never been more important to recycle right.

We need to cut contamination in our recycling bins to:

  • keep costs low
  • make sure more is recycled
  • reduce the amount of waste going to our landfill

If you’re wondering what’s happening with recycling and what can we do about it, watch this quick video from our waste contractor Cleanaway:

Save Our Recycling

The story

Save our Recycling tile

 Across NSW, residents are committed to recycling because it’s a practical way for them to do their bit for the environment.

The problem

However, the amount of waste being generated is increasing. Recycling and waste diversion rates are stagnating and are expected to decrease. Our waste infrastructure is barely keeping up with demand and we can no longer ship our recycling off-shore for someone else to manage.

The solution

We need the NSW Government to support councils and communities by funding waste and recycling infrastructure, education campaigns and buying more recycled products. It needs to:

  • Fund councils to develop regional plans for the future of waste and resource recovery in their regions
  • Fund the delivery of priority infrastructure and other projects, procured by local government, that are needed to deliver the regional-scale plans, particularly where a market failure has been identified
  • Increase local and state government procurement of recycled goods made with domestic content; and
  • Fund and deliver a state-wide education campaign on the importance of recycling to encourage the right way to recycle, the purchase of products with recycled content and promoting waste avoidance.

The NSW Government collects more than $700 million every year through the Waste Levy which can be used to fund this approach without any extra cost to taxpayers, business or councils.

The benefits

Our plan means future generations won’t be asked to clean up our mess. It will provide more infrastructure, create new markets that lead to jobs and investment and help build a circular economy in NSW. A place where waste is a product not a problem.

Waste can be turned into all sorts of things that our state needs like roads, oil, energy and transport infrastructure- even furniture! With the Governments support, we can reinvest the Waste Levy to recycle and reuse  our waste here in NSW and help build a circular economy!

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Yes in Yellow!

These recyclables belong in our yellow bins:

  • steel, tin, aluminium cans, including empty aerosols
  • clear, brown and green glass bottles and jars
  • plastic bottles and containers
  • cardboard boxes
  • newspapers, magazines, office paper and junk mail

Remember to recycle right!

  • plastic wrap must be removed from newspapers and magazines
  • take the lid off and be sure there’s no food or liquid inside
  • don’t put recyclables into a box or bag, leave them loose

Yellow no go

Stop putting these things in the yellow bin!

  • No plastic bags or soft plastics - red bin or take to Coles/Woolies REDcycle
  • No nappies - red bin
  • No Tetrapaks or aluminium food trays - red bin
  • No food or general waste - red bin (unpackaged food into weekly green bin)
  • No plastic toys - red bin
  • No polystyrene or foam - red bin or take to any Kempsey Shire waste facility as we have a special recycling machine to deal with this problem waste
  • No batteries of any kind (especially high-powered batteries from power tools, mobile phones and computers and toys as they can cause fires) - take them to the Community Recycling Centre (CRC), CRC trailer or any waste facility for special recycling
  • No wire or electrical cords - take them to any waste facility as scrap metal free
  • No shredded paper - small amounts can go in your green bin
  • No light bulbs, mirrors, window glass or drinking glass - red bin
  • No ceramics, pyrex or pottery - red bin

Reduce, reuse and refuse

Recycling is good, but reducing, reusing and refusing is even better!

Here are our top tips for being waste wise:

  • choose products with less packaging
  • buy in bulk
  • shop with your own reusable bags and containers
  • carry your own reusable coffee cups and drink bottles
  • put a ‘no junk mail’ sign on your letterbox
  • make litter-free lunches with reusable containers and cutlery
  • buy better quality products that last longer
  • sell, give away or donate unwanted items
  • choose recycled material products (eg recycled paper for office, kitchen, toilet)