Waste is part of everyday living – everyone produces some waste each day. Each piece of waste produced and disposed of to landfill means that valuable natural resources have been lost and valuable landfill space reduced so it is important to reduce the amount of waste we generate.
There are many things we can do to minimise the amount of waste we discard every day.
TRC is making recycling items easy by allowing drop offs at Transfer Stations or through household collections where available. Most transfer stations within the Tablelands region accept the following recyclable materials free of charge:
- Glass bottles and jars – washed with lids removed
- Aluminium cans
- Paper including newspaper, cardboard, phone books and magazines
- Steel food cans
- Aerosol cans (empty)
- Milk and juice cartons (without foil lining) – washed with lids removed
- Plastics marked with a recycle symbols (no plastic bags)
Car bodies are accepted at Atherton, Herberton and Innot Hot Springs Transfer Stations. All wheels and tyres may be left on the vehicle however all tyres on rims must be deflated. Please note that the disposal of tyres will be charged separately to the body in accordance with our waste fees and charges. All doors, seats, engine parts, engine or boot covers, which are part of the vehicle, can be put inside the vehicle. All fuel tanks, LPG tanks and batteries are to be removed and separated. No other waste should be inside the vehicle. The vehicle should be drained of all fluids. Tablelands Regional Council does not provide a supply collection service for car disposal.
Contamination – The importance of recycling right
Placing the wrong items in recycle bins is a real problem not just for TRC through increased disposal costs but also at the recycling sorting locations (Materials Recycling Facility). Recycling incorrectly can result in safety issues at the recycling facilities. A simple thing such as leaving lids on recyclable plastic bottles can cause accidents with the bottles exploding under the pressure of baling the bottles. Many lids are not recyclable.
When the wrong items are placed in a recycling bin, you contaminate the entire contents of the bin and reduce the effectiveness of the recycling process.
Did you know:
- a single plastic bag can shut down an entire material recovery facility if it gets caught in its machinery!
- just 5 grams of drink ware, glass or Pyrex in a recycling bin can contaminate a tonne of bottle and jar glass because it melts at a different temperature!
- recycling contaminated by non-recyclable items are sent to landfill!
These items are NOT recyclable:
- Plastic bags (please put recyclables in the bin loose)
- Ceramics, pottery, china, oven proof glass or crystal (the only acceptable types of glass are bottles and jars)
- Garden waste or building/renovation waste
- Chemical containers (empty or full)
- Syringes or medical waste of any kind
- Disposable nappies
Taking steps not to produce or collect waste in the first place will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. For example:
- buy items with less packaging
- take your own cloth or string bag to the shops
- buy in bulk when practical
Reusing waste for other purposes such as containers or boxes for storage, having items repaired instead of purchasing new items and giving items such as clothes or magazines away is a good way of helping the environment.
Organic waste, such as fruit and vegetable scraps and garden clippings can be composted. Composting is a form of recycling that turns organic matter into a rich fertiliser for gardens and plants. It is not harmful to the environment and has the added benefit of costing nothing.