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