Householders urged to recycle and cut wastage
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. recyclingnearyou.com.au/ 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.