Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

LAST week was Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week and it seems we are still making many mis­takes when it comes to sort­ing our rub­bish. Planet Ark sur­veyed 115 lo­cal coun­cils in Aus­tralia and found the top three er­rors. The top mis­take was peo­ple plac­ing plas­tic bags and soft plas­tics (like bread loaf wrap­pers) in the re­cy­cling bin. Th­ese are re­cy­clable, but not at kerb­side. Con­sumers can drop their soft plas­tics off at se­lected su­per­mar­kets. The sec­ond big­gest er­ror was peo­ple putting re­cy­clable items in the gen­eral waste bin. Th­ese items are wasted re­sources be­cause the ma­te­ri­als are sent to land­fill in­stead of be­ing used for the man­u­fac­ture of new prod­ucts. The third prob­lem was food con­tam­i­na­tion. Res­i­dent place items into the kerb­side re­cy­cling bin that have too much food waste at­tached to them. Other com­mon mis­takes in­clude cloth­ing, poly­styrene nap­pies, gar­den waste and elec­tronic waste in the re­cy­cle bin. Rick Lee - re­gional ed­i­tor

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