Cr Dwyer - Sorting out the trash
  • Thursday 03 September 2015

I, like many of you, always try and do the right thing when it comes to environmental sustainability, but it would seem sometimes our good intentions may actually be hampering the effort.

So I thought I would share a snapshot of common recycling mistakes, sorting the do’s from the don’ts, that will hopefully help clear up any misconceptions.

Plastic bags, drinking straws, broken crockery and polystyrene containers are the most common items mistakenly placed in recycling bins.

Plastic bags can be recycled through bins at participating supermarkets.

The other items should go in the rubbish bin.

Only cans and aerosols can go in your recycle bin, all other metal items should be dropped off as scrap metal at a Council waste facility.

Do you know what happens to your recyclables once they are collected? They are taken to a Material Recovery Factory where they are processed ready to be remanufactured into new items.

People and machines sort your recycling so please rinse your recycling in old dishwater where possible.

100 million trees are cut down every year to make the paper for ‘junk mail’. One half of junk mail is thrown away unopened. I suggest popping a ‘No Junk Mail’ sign on your letterbox.

Littered items are a lost resource. When things that could otherwise be recycled, like plastic bottle, glass bottles and paper, are littered, they do not get recycled.

An average person throws away 74kg of organic waste annually, the same as 1077 banana skins.

Garden waste also adds organic material to our landfills so separating it from your general household waste is very beneficial.

This year Council has reduced the cost of a ‘green waste’ bin from $70 to $60 – a decent incentive for all residents when considering how they might like to improve our region’s waste management outcomes.

If you see anything in your local area needing the attention of Council, please email the details to or phone 5475 7272.