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Recycling helps to save our natural resources and reduce the amount of material dumped in landfill. Find out what you can and can't recycle in your yellow lid bins.
What can be recycled?
The following items can be recycled through kerbside recycling bins:
- Glass bottles and Jars.
- All rigid plastic containers (e.g. plastic drink bottles, detergents bottles, yoghurt, ice-cream, strawberry, plastic planting pots, biscuit trays and margarine containers).
- Pieces of clean aluminium foil scrunched to the size of your fist.
- Small hard plastics such as lids, bread bag tags, used pens and straws can be collected in a plastic milk container. Once the bottle is full, simply put the lid back on and place it in the recycling bin.
- Milk and fruit juice cartons (liquid paper board).
- Aluminium cans.
Myth: What goes into your recycling bin goes to landfill
False. Contents of your recycling bin are taken to Visy Recycling at Wingfield, where items are sorted, bailed and sent to be recycled into new products at facilities in Australia.
Myth: The number and triangle symbol on plastics means it can be recycled
False. This symbol is used by plastic manufacturers to identify the type of plastic. It is not a recycling symbol. The best way to tell if plastic is recyclable is to try squashing it; items that can be easily squashed such as cling wrap and plastic bags are not recyclable.
Soft plastics can be recycled by being collected in a larger plastic bag and placed in designated soft plastics bins at local supermarkets and at the Brighton Civic Centre.
Myth: You can leave the lids on plastic bottles to be recycled.
False. You must take the lids off the plastic bottles. The best way for the lids to be recycled is to place them into an empty milk bottle. When the bottle is full of lids and other small hard plastics, simply pop the lid back on the bottle and place it in the recycling bin.
Myth: Polystyrene and wood can go into the recycling bin
False. Polystyrene is not recyclable and cannot go in your yellow lid bin. Wood cannot go in the recycling. Companies such as Jefferies will take wooden pallets.
Myth: You don’t need to rinse containers
True. Containers and jars must be empty and dry for recycling. Rinsing of containers, tins and jars is no longer necessary.
Myth: You can put your tin lids into the cans to be recycled.
True. You can put your tin lids into the can but remember to pinch the can closed so they don’t fall out.
Myth: Broken glass can still be recycled.
False. Broken glass can’t be recycled; it should be carefully disposed of in the red lidded general waste bin.
Myth: You can recycle foil
True. You can recycle foils as long as it is scrunched up into a ball larger than your fist and does not have too much food residue on it. Otherwise you can fill a Milo tin with your foil and then put it in the recycling.
The Recycle Right Campaign is aimed to improve recycling and lower contamination rates. Originally run along Jetty Road Glenelg in 2012 where recycling improved and contamination rates dropped from 26.00% to 10.33%.
In 2013 the Recycle Right program was rolled out again this time at Jetty Road, Brighton. It resulted in a 51.7% reduction in contamination and also measured an increasing in recycling of up to 43%.
Residents, community groups and schools can access free presentations and workshops on recycling and ethical waste management practices. To find out more please contact the Environment Education Officer (contact details below).