Recycle more, dump less
HELP IMPROVE STATE RECORD
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”.
Waste education officer Isabelle Marie at the SMRC .