Gippsland – Get To Know Your Recycling

Many of us are spending more time at home at the moment and, like most, you may be cooking more, ordering things online and receiving more deliveries than usual. This means you are likely to end up with a lot more waste than you normally have.

You may also find yourself and members of your household wondering which is the right bin to put everything in.

According to Matthew Peake, Executive Officer for Resource Recovery Gippsland, knowing what can and can’t go into each of your bins will help make sure that what you sort for recycling is not contaminated with items that can’t be recycled.

“Recycling is such an important household practice, and Gippslanders do a great job of it, but it can be confusing to know exactly what should go into your recycling bin. For instance, we associate plastic with recycling but for some plastics there currently aren’t viable recycling options available to councils.”

“To help households ensure that what goes into their recycling bin can be recycled, Sustainability Victoria has launched ‘Know Your Recycling’,” explained Mr Peake. “And a key resource offered by the campaign is a website that allows us to search for specific items and find out which bin they belong in.“

Around 25,000 tonnes of recyclables are collected from Gippsland kerbsides equating to around 200kg per household per year. To make Gippsland’s great recycling efforts even more effective, Resource Recovery Gippsland encourages householders to make use of the information and resources ‘Know Your Recycling’ offers.

“As you stand in front of your bins, contemplating what goes where, there are some easy-to-remember tips that will help simplify your sorting process and keep some of the most common contaminants out of the recycling bin,” Mr Peake points out.

Firstly, always remember to keep your recycling out of plastic bags and place your recyclables loose in your recycling bin.

Following on from that, soft plastics like bread and pasta bags can be taken to a supermarket that offers a collection point or service, otherwise these items will need to go into the landfill (rubbish) bin. If in doubt, do the scrunch test – if you can scrunch the plastics in your hand, they do not go in the recycling bin.

Polystyrene packaging does not belong in your recycling bin, it goes into the landfill bin as do clothing and shoes that cannot be repaired or passed-on to others.

Garden waste such as grass clippings, leaves and prunings go in your kerbside green waste or organics bin. Food that is not used as left-overs, compost or to feed the worm farm, goes into the landfill bin. However, households in Bass Coast, where council implemented a FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) collection service in September 2017, can put food waste into the organics bin which is collected each week and taken to be processed into nutrient-rich compost.

“What we put in our bins makes a difference,” reinforces Mr Peake. “Get to know your recycling by visiting recycling.vic.gov.au and also check your local council’s website for the latest information particular to your area.”

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