Re­cy­cle more, dump less


Canning Times - - BENTLEY/CANNINGTON - Bryce Luff d476117

THE peo­ple of Perth have been asked to up their ef­fort when it comes to re­cy­cling.

A re­cent au­dit by the South Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gional Coun­cil (SMRC), which op­er­ates the Re­gional Re­source Re­cov­ery Cen­tre (RRRC) in Can­ning Vale, found 46 per cent of alu­minium cans and 52 per cent of plas­tic con­tain­ers were re­cy­cled.

That was de­spite the RRRC di­vert­ing 65 per cent of ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing pa­per, card­board and glass, away from land­fill for five con­sec­u­tive years.

Ahead of Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week, Novem­ber 13 to 19, SMRC chair­man Doug Thomp­son said there was room for im­prove­ment.

“There is a strong aware­ness of re­cy­cling in the com­mu­nity, but there is still a fair amount of good re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als not be­ing placed into the cor­rect bins and we’re not en­tirely sure why,” he said.

Mr Thomp­son said it was im­por­tant bot­tles and jars were rinsed or scraped to re­duce the chance they could con­tam­i­nate clean re­cy­clables. He said lids should be re­moved from prod­ucts and that re­cy­clable items were not thrown in the bin in a plas­tic bag.

Re­search from Planet Ark’s guide, What Goes Around: Why Buy­ing Re­cy­cled Mat­ters, shows Aus­tralians know about prod­ucts made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, but are less aware of what could be di­verted from land­fill.

Re­cy­cling pro­grams man­ager Ryan Collins said many prod­ucts were made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, from wal­lets made from tyre tubes, surf­board fins made from ocean plas­tic and eye glasses made from milk bot­tle lids.

“In­spir­ing dis­cov­er­ies from re­search and de­vel­op­ment projects are find­ing more and more ways to utilise waste, so the list of prod­ucts made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als will con­tinue to grow,” he said.

Mr Thomp­son said it was im­por­tance to keep or­ganic ma­te­ri­als out of land­fill.

He said the ma­jor­ity of house­hold waste can ei­ther be re­cy­cled or turned into com­post, with ev­ery­one hav­ing “an im­por­tant role to play by sort­ing their waste cor­rectly”.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Waste ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Is­abelle Marie at the SMRC .

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