The Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) expects that by 2042 the city of Melbourne will be generating 63 percent more waste than it does currently. The group also doesn’t plan for any extra landfills, instead, it is prioritising resource recovery and diverting organic waste for repurposing.
This means that recycling will become a much larger part of bin night, and ensuring that the right materials are in your yellow-lidded bin will become very important. At this time, around 12% of the materials placed in bins are in fact not recyclable, and this contamination means that a large amount of recycling ends up in the landfill, instead of going to the plant.
By ensuring that the materials you place in your recycling bin are the correct type, and are free of contaminates, you can help the country’s recycling objectives, and also help out the environment.
Here are some pointers for you to follow when sorting waste for the recycling bin:
- Don’t put it in plastic bags. Recycling plants operate at speeds that prevent workers or machinery from opening plastic bags to ascertain their contents. This means that even if you put a plastic bag full of aluminium cans in your bin, it won’t make it to the plant.
- Clean it up. Recyclable containers that have leftover food in them, are not recycled. Luckily the solution is an easy one: you just have to rinse out food and drink from these retainers before throwing them in the bin.
- Get the info you need. Some councils are very strict about what recyclables and organic material they accept in their yellow-lidded bins. It’s best to contact them directly to find out which materials won’t be recycled.
If you ensure that the right material is placed in the bin, you can help waste management agencies recycle or repurpose a much larger amount of waste, which isn’t just good for the environment, it can also help give the economy a boost as well, through better compost and even providing energy.
To find out more about what recyclables you should put in your bin, or for more information about effective waste management strategies, contact us today!
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