What’s Recycling Waste?
Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from landfilling).
What Can Go in the
Yellow Lidded Bin?
- Glass bottles and jars
- Aluminium and steel cans
- Aluminium foil (scrunched)
- Aerosol cans
- Foil containers
- Plastic plant pots
- Milk and juice cartons
- Cardboard boxes
- Egg cartons
- Paper bags
- Junk Mail
- Hard Plastics with recycling symbol numbers 1 to 7. Including milk and juice bottles, laundry and household cleaning product bottles, ice-cream containers, margarine containers and yoghurt containers
What Can’t Go in the
Yellow Lidded Bin?
- Plastic bags
- Plastic wrap
- Soft plastics
- Food scraps
- Waxed cardboard
- Computer parts and e-waste
- Broken crockery or broken glasses, mirrors or window panes
- Cooking oil, chemicals or liquids
- Clothing or shoes
- Gas cylinders
- Batteries and car parts
- Timber and wood
For more information on what can and can’t go in the yellow bin download the Fact Sheet HERE.
If Everyone Chips In, It’s Easy To Do Good
When celebrating with family and friends a few simple tips to keep things in the right bin can help
keep us on track to Halving our waste.
- Never put your recycling in plastic bags. Place recyclables, loose, into your yellow-lidded recycling bin
- Make sure recyclable items are not heavily contaminated with food, liquids or hazardous materials
- Fold & squash your recyclables to fit more in your bin
- Soft plastics can be recycling through the Redcycle program, find locations HERE
What Does My Recycling Become?
Aluminium cans can be recycled repeatedly. Recycling aluminium cans uses a fraction of the energy that it takes to make new cans from scratch. Recycled aluminium cans are used in everything from CDs to aircraft.
Glass Bottles and Containers
Glass can be recycled repeatedly and recycled glass containers are made into bottles, jars, fibreglass insulation and reflective road signage. Recycled glass can also be used as a
sand substitute in asphalt and concrete or for pipe embedment.
Paper and Cardboard
Paper and cardboard are shredded and mixed with water at high speed to create paper fibres. The pulp is passed through cleaning and screening equipment to remove plastic, dirt and staples and then heated to remove ink & glue. The cleaned pulp is then turned into new paper and cardboard products such as boxes, egg cartons and much more.
Rigid hard plastics are chipped into tiny little beads and then melted down to make new items. Depending on the type of plastic they can be recycled into lots of different items, such as Garden rakes, Fleece jackets and even recycling bins.
Gumboots Top Tips
If you’ve got an empty soft drink bottle and an empty pot, then you can easily make a little
greenhouse. These little greenhouses are fantastic for cuttings or getting your seeds started. Best
of all, it’s fully recyclable.
Batteries are the most common form of hazardous waste disposed of by Australian Households. By recycling lead-acid batteries, the environment will thank you.
Batteries are accepted free of charge at the following facilities in your local area:
AlburyCity – Albury Waste Management Centre
City of Wodonga – Wodonga Transfer Station
Federation Shire – Corowa Waste Management Centre, Howlong Landfill and Mulwala Transfer Station
Greater Hume Shire – Burrumbuttock, Brocklesby, Gerogery and Jindera Landfills, Culcairn and Holbrook Landfills, Henty and Mullengandra Landfills
Towong Shire – Tallangatta Transfer Station and Corryong Landfill
The types of batteries accepted include:
AA and AAA cells (single use and rechargeable batteries)
C and D sized batteries
Button batteries (eg. from watches)
6V batteries (eg. lantern/torch batteries)
Polystyrene or also know as EPS, is the white packaging that can be found when buying new electronics such as a refrigerator or television and even packaging around children’s toys.
Polystyrene can not go in your yellow lidded bin. If you have a large quantity of polystyrene, but don’t want to put it in your red lidded bin, Halve Waste provides free polystyrene drop-off locations in Albury, Wodonga, Beechworth and Rutherglen for household quantities of polystyrene. Why not take it to your nearest drop-off station.
What happens to the polystyrene? The polystyrene is processed at Albury Recycling Centre and is melted down into dense blocks, and these blocks can then be reprocessed into objects such as insulation for housing and photo frames.
Please note that all polystyrene recyclables dropped off must be clean and dry material to be accepted for recycling.
Ideas to Reuse Items
Recycling isn’t just about what goes in your yellow bin, it’s also about reusing items that would otherwise end up in a bin. In this video Gumboots has some great ideas for reusing items that most people would consider rubbish.