National Recycling Week - 9-15 November 2020
November 9-15 marks the 25th year of Plant Ark's National Recycling Week.
This year's theme is 'Recovery - A future beyond the bin' and it is all about giving resources a second life by recycling and reusing items after their initial use. Reducing waste not only keeps valuable resources out of landfill but it also benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the need of new materials to be used.
For more information on Plant Ark's National Recycling Week or to find out how to get involved at home, at work, at school or in the community click here.
What can you recycle in your Murray River Council yellow lid kerbside recycle bins?
Paper and cardboard
Newspapers, magazines, advertising leaflets, letters, writing paper, cardboard and cardboard boxes, egg cartons and envelopes can all be recycled. Flatten boxes before placing them into your bin to minimise space. Remember… to put waxed cardboard cartons, plastic coated paper bags (e.g. cereal bags), thermal fax paper, used tissues, tea bags and paper contaminated with food remains in your general rubbish bin as these cannot be recycled.
Milk & juice cartons
There are two types of cartons - gable top most commonly used for fresh milk and some fruit juices, and aseptic bricks - used for sterilized products such as UHT (longlife) milk. Both can go in the recycle bin.
All clear, green, blue and amber bottles can be recycled as can glass jars. Remove lids or caps and try not to break as broken glass is difficult to sort. Remember… to put broken window and windscreen glass, heat treated glass such as Pyrex, corning ware and vision ware, white opaque bottles, light globes, china and ceramics and laboratory or medical glass in your general rubbish bin as these cannot be recycled.
There are about 40 different types of plastics currently used for different products, Each product has a Plastic Identification Code. This code is a number between 1 and 6 inside a triangle made up of chasing arrows. Of these six codes only two codes can be recycled from domestic sources in Australia:
- Code 1 (PET - Polyethylene terephthalate) - soft drink and mineral water bottles.
- Code 2 (HDPE - High density polyethylene) - milk, cream, shampoo and cleaner bottles
to put codes, 3 to 6, which include garbage bags, plastic shopping bags, ice cream containers and lids, margarine containers, drinking straws, potato chip packets, yoghurt containers, plastic cutlery, polystyrene cups, meat trays and packaging in your general rubbish bin as these cannot be recycled
Steel & aluminium products
Steel food cans, coffee tins, oil cans, paint tins (dry & empty), bottle tops, glass jar lids, aerosol cans are all recyclable. Aluminium cans and cooking foil are also recyclable. Apart from aerosol cans, you can crush these products to save space.