In Australia, we are accustomed to the differences between the green and yellow top bins. One is for general waste, whereas the other is for our household’s recycled goods. The contents of your kerbside recycling bin are taken to a specialist recycling facility where they are sorted into various material streams and then sold onto the manufacturing industry.
This means that rather than manufacturing new products from scratch, manufacturing companies are able to conserve valuable natural resources and use less energy and water through reusing and renewing recycled goods. However, research shows that cities around Australia are not entirely recycling at their full potential. For example, Melburnians – despite being avid recyclers – are still filling their green top bins with recyclable materials at a whopping 300,000 wheelie bins worth each week.
So, are you kerbside recycling right?
What can go in the kerbside recycling bin?
The following materials are appropriate items to put in your recycling bin – just remember to rinse, clean and take any bottle caps off before chucking them in so they are definitely ready to be recycled goods.
- Takeaway containers
- Pizza boxes (that are not too greasy)
- Cardboard & paper
- Aluminium cans, foil & trays
- Glass bottles and jars
- Milk & juice cartons
- Hard plastic containers, including yoghurt & ice cream containers
- Steel pots & pans
- CD cases & in cartridges
- Kitchen storage containers & Tupperware
- Plastic toys
What cannot go in the kerbside recycling bin?
Apart from the obvious items, such as foods, food scrapes, nappies and chemicals, here are the items to avoid putting in your recycling bin.
- Plastic bags & soft plastics
- Polystyrene foam
- Take-away coffee cups
- Broken glass
- Light globes
- Syringes & needles
Top tips to kerbside recycling
- Leave them loose – recyclables need to be loose in the bin – never put them in plastic bags.
- Remove food scraps first – rinse, rinse, rinse – containers need to be empty before they go in the recycling bin, this goes for all takeaway containers.
- Caps off – make sure you take the caps off of your recyclable bottles. Side note: steel bottle caps can be collected in its steel can!
- Avoid avoidable waste – remember the simple things like reusable shopping bags, your own water bottle and say no to plastic straws and cutlery.
- Know your recyclables – research the products that you purchase and learn how they can be properly recycled and, most importantly, never put recyclable items in the general waste bin.
Ozmas are a leading distributor and supplier of a range of products that are designed to be appropriate kerbside recycling solutions for Australian restaurants and businesses. Contact the team at Ozmas on 3277 9694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about recycled goods, our products and how best we can service you.