We all know how important recycling is, so if we’re going to get it right, we have to make sure we recycle correctly.
HOW we recycle is just as important as WHAT we recycle.
For your yellow lidded comingled containers recycling bin:
Empty your bottle and containers before they’re put out and when you take your recycling out to your kerbside bin, make sure you HANG ON TO THE BAG and put the items in loose, so they can be sorted later
For your blue lidded paper and cardboard recycling bin:
Flatten boxes and packaging and remove non paper items and HANG ON TO THE BAG. Please note - No Shredded paper in the paper recycling bins as it just falls through the sorting equipment so this can go in your compost or in the red lidded bin.
HANG ON TO THE BAG - plastic bags go in your red lidded garbage bin or to the supermarket in the REDCycle bin.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after the truck picks it up from the kerbside?
Once the garbage truck completes its run it goes to a Materials Recovery Facility or MRF. Here your recycling is off-loaded to begin the sorting process into different recycling categories. All the recyclables are loaded onto a conveyor belt, where they begin their long journey through the MRF. The MRF operates using a combination of high tech sorting machines. These machines CANNOT sort incorrect items like plastic bags of rubbish, bagged recyclables or food scraps. These end up as landfill. That's why getting it right on bin night IS important, because putting the wrong things in the bin can cause problems.
The various machines at the MRF sort different types of recycling like paper, cardboard, steel, aluminium, plastic, and glass.
The sorted recycling is then transported to different facilities that process recycling, so that new products can be made from the materials you’ve recycled on bin night. For example, paper and cardboard is pulped and used to make many different products, like newspapers and sturdy cardboard boxes. Steel and aluminium are melted down and turned into new products like soft drink cans and other metal containers. Plastics are shredded and turned into things ranging from polar fleeces and wheelie bins. Glass is melted down and made into glass bottles…and some of it even gets used for making road surfaces!
Soft scrunchable plastics and plastic bags can be recycled at your local supermarket not through council services and have a second life as park furniture and play equipment.
We hope you can see why it’s really important that you do YOUR bit for recycling by getting it right on bin night. Together, we can ALL save valuable resources AND help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.