Do you know if you’re placing the correct items in your recycling bin? Is it possible that you let general waste slip in with your recyclable items from time to time?
According to a statement in the Mid-Western Regional Council’s January 2018 newsletter, a recent kerbside collection audit has found that the average recycling bin across the region was made up of 8 per cent general waste.
While this number may sound trivial, even a small amount of general waste can lead to the rejection of an entire truck load of recycling and can make working conditions hazardous for employees who sort recycling.
The audit also found that 16 per cent of items placed in general rubbish were recyclable.
The key to making sure the right items end up in your kerbside recycling bin is to educate your household on the correct items to be placed in it.
From the council website, the following items can be placed in kerbside recycling bins:
- Office paper
- Milk & juice cartons
- Cardboard boxes (Cardboard will need to be broken up or crushed so it fits loosely into the bin. If cardboard is put in bin too tightly it may jam and cannot be emptied by the collection truck)
- Aluminium cans
- Steel cans (including Aerosol)
- Plastic containers
- Glass bottles & jars
The following should NOT be placed in the recycling bin:
- Plastic Bags
- Food Scraps
- General Household Rubbish
If everyone in the Mudgee region learns which items can and can’t be recycled, we will all be taking an important step towards protecting our local environment.
For more information about recycling in the region, visit the Mid-Western Regional Council website – www.midwestern.nsw.gov.au.