Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects.
Recycling can prevent the waste of useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution and water pollution.
WHERE DOES IT GO?
*Shredded paper is to be placed in the green-lidded organics bin
Aluminium & Steel Cans
Aluminium and steel cans can be recycled repeatedly. Recycling aluminium and steel cans uses a fraction of the energy that it takes to make new cans from scratch. Recycled aluminium and steel cans are used in everything from CDs to aircraft parts.
Glass Bottles and Containers
Locally, our glass is crushed and used as a sand substitute in asphalt and concrete, as well as pipe embedment.
In other areas glass is recycled repeatedly to make new glass containers and even into fibreglass insulation and reflective road signage.
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 labels, 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.
Recycling is easy! Here are some tips for making the most of your yellow-lidded recycling bin.
Sometimes our home, or more importantly our kitchen, is busier than peak hour traffic in the city. When our extended family joins us for meals, it’s even more chaotic. Most of us love to cook up a storm and get everyone involved, it important to try to slow down and think about where the left over scraps, packaging and glass bottles go. After all, there’s only so much room in the red-lidded general waste bin.
Look at your local Council’s waste page on their website to see what you can drop off to the local recycling centre or transfer stations for free.
It might be useful to take another look at what can go into your yellow-lidded recycling bin. Many plastic containers can now be recycled, including plastic take-away containers.
If you can’t easily scrunch the plastic in your hand, then it is able to be recycled.
Research shows approximately 75% of the material in the red-lidded general waste bin is organic or recyclable waste.
Removing food & garden organics and recycling from your red-lidded general waste bin will create extra room.
With a 120L of additional space compared to a 240L standard yellow-lidded bin, large families, share houses and avid recyclers really love this option!
Did you know over 40% of what people put into their red-lidded general waste bin could have been recycled?
360L recycling bins are now available for households in Indigo Shire, Albury, Wodonga and Federation Councils. Contact your local Council to UPSIZE your yellow-lidded recycling bin and you will be surprised at how much extra space you will have in your red-lidded general waste bin.
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