THE City of Swan has revealed its top “seven bin sins” for National Recycling Week in a bid to boost awareness of recycling and kerb bad recycling habits.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said incorrect recycling costed City of Swan ratepayers about $1.5 million a year.
“In the City of Swan alone, nearly 10,000 tonnes of waste could be saved from landfill each year if it was recycled correctly,” he said.
“That equates to over $1.5 million in landfill charges that could be better spent on providing things like key infrastructure for the local community,”
Councillor Wainwright said bin sins can also be dangerous, with hazardous items like batteries causing rubbish truck fires and incorrectly disposed chemicals endangering staff and the public.
“This not only endangers employees, but also causes entire loads of recycling to be sent to land fill,” he said.
“So this National Recycling Week, we are calling on residents to rethink their waste before committing a bin sin.”
What are the seven top bin sins?
1. Placing recyclable materials in plastic bags
2. Putting glass material in the general waste bin
3. Food contaminated jars, bottles and containers
4. Leaving lids on containers
5. Nappies in the recycling bin
6. Placing green garden waste and timber in the recycling bin
7. Putting hazardous waste such as batteries, chemicals and oil in the recycling bin
For more information on City of Swan recycling head to the waste wise page on the website, or for more information on National Recycling Week head to Planet Ark’s website.