House­hold­ers urged to re­cy­cle and cut wastage

Midwest Times - - OPINION - Geoff Vi­vian

North­ern Agri­cul­tural Catch­ments Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive Emma Jack­son is urg­ing Ger­ald­ton peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week by re­cy­cling as much house­hold waste as pos­si­ble this week.

“We all need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our waste and re­duce that as much as pos­si­ble by re­duc­ing the amount of waste we con­sume and gen­er­ate,” she said.

Ms Jack­son said Ger­ald­ton had re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties for plas­tic milk bot­tles and most types of plas­tic soft drink and fruit juice bot­tles. “The re­cy­cling bins are be­ing set up in easy to ac­cess lo­ca­tions around Ger­ald­ton,” she said.

“It is an­tic­i­pated that these ad­di­tional bins will stop at least two tonnes of plas­tic go­ing to land­fill or end­ing up in our oceans.”

Ms Jack­son said you can de­ter­mine the type of plas­tic your con­tainer is made from by look­ing for the Plas­tics Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Code stamped on the bot­tom of your con­tainer.

“It will be a num­ber (1 to 7) sur­rounded by ar­rows go­ing around in a tri­an­gle,” she said.

Most soft drink and fruit juice bot­tles are made of Plas­tic type 1, known as poly­eth­yl­ene tereph­tha­late.

Plas­tic type 2, or high­den­sity poly­eth­yl­ene, is used to make milk bot­tles.

Types 1 and 2 plas­tics can be re­cy­cled at Rip-It Se­cu­rity Shred­ding & Re­cy­clers, Bright Stars Day Care, Ger­ald­ton Surf Life­sav­ing Club, John Bat­ten Com­mu­nity Hall, Rigters IGA, PCYC and Cal­tex Sun­set Beach, while Ger­ald­ton’s City Hive has a drop-off point for Type 1 and 2 plas­tics along with mo­bile phones and pa­per.

The City of Greater Ger­ald­ton web­site has a list of fa­cil­i­ties to re­cy­cle elec­tronic items, white goods, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, con­tain­ers and pack­ag­ing, green waste, and haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als such as bat­ter­ies, glass bot­tles, tyres and paints.

You can view it at www. re­cy­clingn­ coun­cil/Ger­ald­tonWA.

Ms Jack­son urged peo­ple to make re­cy­cling suc­cess­ful by not bag­ging items for re­cy­cling, re­mov­ing any lids, emp­ty­ing and clean­ing the con­tain­ers, and not re­cy­cling plas­tics other than Types 1 and 2.

Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week con­tin­ues un­til this Sun­day.

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