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1. Discover the Possibility
Not everyone knows exactly what happens with a product once thrown in the recycling bin. The reality of what your once-used drink bottle can become may surprise you, but it may also help you realise the potential of good recycling habits. Recycled plastics can be turned into next winters fleeces and recycled aluminium may find itself on the assembly line waiting to become a bike or a boat! It’s pretty far out stuff. Check out the list below of things you can recycle:
- aluminium and steel tins/cans
- aerosol cans
- glass bottles and jars
- plastic soft-drink and water bottles
- plastic food containers, tubs and trays
- juice and milk cartons and bottles
- ‘Tetra pak’ drink containers.
The City of Sydney Council still advise that it is best to rinse containers, remove lids and crush cans and plastic before putting them in your recycling bin. However, they do not need to be spotless. A quick rinse is fine.
2. Know Thy Plastics
It can be rather confusing figuring out what kind of plastic is recyclable and what isn’t. However one general rule can help make things easier – Soft Plastics? No. Hard Plastics? Yes.
Your soft plastics, chip packets, plastic bags and cling film put the machinery that processes your waste in jeopardy of jamming. Polystyrene products such as meat trays and foam packaging, though relatively rigid, are also on the no go list in NSW.
3. Don’t Fret the Pizza Box
City of Sydney Council advises residents that you can recycle your pizza box. Putting to sleep a long raging debate about whether or not those recycling their used pide containers are good samaritans or Rubbishing Randys ( I just made that up as I couldn’t think of the recycling opposite of a good samaritan). As long as your pizza box isn’t soaked with grease and caked with cheese it’s all cool to go in the big old yellow bin. A good tip is to rip in the box in half when the lid is clean as a whistle but the bottom a bit worse for wear.
4. Don’t Let Your E-Waste Go to Waste
In a digital age where equipment is quickly upgraded e-waste is building up in homes across Sydney. Rather than shoving your old desktop in the shed or hoarding a bevvy of printers in the linen closet why not drop of your e-waste at your local council drop off centre. The following items can all be recycled:
- computers – desktops, monitors, laptops and printers
- home and home office equipment – photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, servers, projectors, DVD players and video recorders
- computer peripherals such as joysticks
- electronic games, CDs, DVDs, tapes and cameras
- electronic components
- phones – mobiles and landlines
- small kitchen appliances
You can find out more about recycling your old e-waste here.
5. Get Creative or Part Ways With the Ceramics
The other day I saw my mother sweep up a broken drinking glass and proceed to drop it into the recycling bin. “Noooooooo!” I yelled and swooped in to save the day wearing my green tights and recycling badge emblazoned cape. Note this is how I look in my mind’s eye when saving the world through my recycling efforts. Just 15g of overnproof glass can contaminate a tonne of normal glass making it absolutely useless for recycling. Ovenproof dishes, ceramics, drinking glasses or mugs are not made of the same kind of glass as your drinking bottles or jars. If you can reuse it into a nice mosaic safely bin it.
Now you know how to save the world when it comes to recycling. To infinity and beyond. Up, up and away. Go, go inspector Gadget. And May the force be with you.
One the subject of green superheroes, who remembers these guys?