RESIDENTS and businesses are urged to learn new rules around what goes into their yellow-top bins as part of National Recycling Week.
The week, formed by not-for-profit environment foundation Planet Ark, will run from November 12 to 18.
This year’s theme, From Waste War to Recycling Reboot, aims to resolve some confusion surrounding how to recycle right and what happens to the waste once it is dumped into bins.
Aerosols and soft plastics like food packaging can no longer be placed inside the recycling bin.
Community News joined Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull on a tour through the Cleanaway Perth Materials Recovery Facility in South Guildford on November 7.
The facility, opened in May 2017, sorted eight types of materials including newspapers, glass bottles and steel toys which removed the need to segregate recycling into multiple bins.
Cleanaway metropolitan municipal regional manager Daniel Le Provost urged people to keep their recyclables clean and dry.
“You don’t want to put anything in your bin that you wouldn’t reach out and grab again later,” he said.
“We don’t want liquid in there that is going to contaminate the bin.
“Also no plastic bags and no packaging – that is really a problem here – we have to spend a lot of time pulling that material out.”
Cr Bull said the City launched a new recycling guide which was available at City buildings and online.
“Since overseas waste importers have become more stringent about the standard of waste they will accept, it is more important than ever we are conscious of what we put in our bins,” he said.
“National Recycling Week is the perfect opportunity to sit down with your family and brush up on your recycling knowledge.”
For information, visit www.cleanaway.com.au .
YELLOW TOP BIN RECYCLING GUIDE
– Glass bottles and jars
– Milk and juice cartons
– Cardboard boxes
– Newspaper, papers and magazines
– Plastic bottles and containers
– Steel and aluminium cans
– Place items loosely in the bin, not in plastic or bin bags
– Rinse jars, bottles and contains before placing them in the bin
Items not accepted:
– Polystyrene, meat trays, cups and beads
– Green or food waste
– Gas bottles, flares, batteries or aerosols
– Textiles or clothing
– Plastic bags or soft plastics
Tips to stop bin contamination:
– No electronics or white goods
– No hazardous materials including medical waste
– No building materials including materials with asbestos
– No shredded paper
– No lids