Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week cov­er­age

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

RES­I­DENTS and busi­nesses are urged to learn new rules around what goes into their yel­low-top bins as part of Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week.

The aware­ness week, formed by not-for-profit en­vi­ron­ment foun­da­tion Planet Ark, will run from Novem­ber 12 to 18.

This year’s theme, From Waste War to Re­cy­cling Re­boot, aims to re­solve some con­fu­sion sur­round­ing how to re­cy­cle right and what hap­pens to the waste once it is dumped into bins.

Aerosols and soft plas­tics such as food pack­ag­ing can no longer be placed in­side the re­cy­cling bin.

Com­mu­nity News joined Bayswa­ter Mayor Dan Bull on a tour through the Clean­away Perth Ma­te­ri­als Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity in South Guild­ford on Novem­ber 7.

The fa­cil­ity, which opened in May 2017, sorts eight types of ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing news­pa­pers, glass bot­tles and steel toys, which re­move the need to seg­re­gate re­cy­cling into mul­ti­ple bins.

Clean­away met­ro­pol­i­tan mu­nic­i­pal re­gional man­ager Daniel Le Provost urged peo­ple to keep their re­cy­clables clean and dry.

“You don’t want to put any­thing in your bin that you wouldn’t reach out and grab again later,” he said.

“We don’t want liq­uid in there that is go­ing to con­tam­i­nate the bin.

“Also no plas­tic bags and no pack­ag­ing. That is re­ally a prob­lem here; we have to spend a lot of time pulling that ma­te­rial out.”

Cr Bull said the City launched a new re­cy­cling guide which was avail­able at City build­ings and the web­site.

“Since over­seas waste im­porters have be­come more strin­gent about the stan­dard of waste they will ac­cept, it is more im­por­tant than ever we are con­scious of what we put in our bins,” he said.

“Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to sit down with your fam­ily and brush up on your re­cy­cling knowl­edge.”

For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.clean­away.com.au and www.bayswa­ter.wa. gov.au/en­vi­ron­ment/waste -and-re­cy­cling.

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Daniel Le Provost and Bayswa­ter Mayor Dan Bull tour the Clean­away Ma­te­ri­als Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity opened in 2017.

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