In 2019, we sent 6402T to landfill and only 537T to recycling.
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 landfill space reduced.
Interesting Recycling Facts
- Reusing resources we already have means fewer raw materials need to be mined and harvested.
- Manufacturing new products from recycled material uses less energy than the production of new material.
- Recycling 1t of plastic saves enough energy to power 31 homes for a month and recycling creates 9.2 jobs for every 2.8 jobs in landfilling.
- A 5% increase in the recycling rate could add $1B to Australian’s gross domestic product.
- Recycling makes you happier.
It is important to reduce the amount of waste we generate and there are many things we can do to minimise the amount of waste we discard every day.
Towards Zero Waste
Taking steps not to produce or collect waste in the first place will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. For example, you can:
- buy items with less packaging
- take your own bags to the shops
- buy in bulk when practical
Reusing waste for other purposes such as containers or boxes for storage, repairing items instead of purchasing new ones and giving items away is a good way to help the environment.
Organic waste 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.
If you’re planning an event, consider how you can make it waste free. Some of the things you can do include:
- providing reusable or 100% compostable crockery and cutlery
- having a refillable cup system
- prohibiting helium balloons
- providing water refill stations
- sort waste
- plastic free venue.
Recycle Right — Sort It, Clean It, Bin It
You can recycle via your kerbside collections and by dropping items off at transfer stations. Most transfer stations in our region accept these recyclable materials free of charge:
- glass bottles and jars
- aluminium drink cans
- paper, cardboard, junk mail, magazines, newspapers, phone books, toilet rolls and wrapping paper
- steel food cans including coffee cans, pet tins, food cans and aerosol cans
- milk and juice cartons (with or without foil lining) — washed with lids removed
- plastics marked with a recycle symbols (no plastic bags) including milk and juice bottles, icecream and margarine containers, detergent containers, sauce bottle, shampoo/conditioner containers, softdrink bottle and yoghurt containers.
To prepare your recycling:
- Wash jars and bottles
- Wash steel food cans and remove labels (lids can go in recycling)
- Remove corks, straws, caps and lids repurpose them
- Empty aerosol cans and remove lids and repurpose them
- Wash milk and juice bottles and place lids in general waste bin
- Crush items if you need to save space
Items must be loose in the wheelie bin. Bagged and incorrect items create a contaminated load that increases disposal costs, can be a safety issue for our staff and may result in the whole load being sent to landfill. A single plastic bag can shut down an entire material recovery facility if it gets caught in its machinery and leaving lids on recyclable plastic bottles can cause the bottles to explode during baling.
You can’t recycle:
- plastic bags and other soft plastics
- medical waste
- dirty paper and cardboard
- light bulbs
- ceramics, pottery, china, oven proof glass and crystal
- garden waste
- building/renovation waste
- chemical containers
- disposable nappies and other sanitary products.