How to re­cy­cle right

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A new Re­cy­cle Right Cam­paign to keep it com­ing ‘round has been launched this week by North East Waste and its mem­ber North­ern Rivers Coun­cils, in­clud­ing Tweed.

The cam­paign re­in­forces the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling cor­rectly and fo­cuses on some key things we can all do to re­duce con­tam­i­na­tion in our yel­low bins.

Why do we need to take ac­tion?

In the wake of Chi­naõs Na­tional Sword Pol­icy which came into force Jan­uary this year, the cam­paign aims to sim­plify re­cy­cling mes­sages and high­light re­cent changes.

For a long time China has been the largest im­porter of the worldõs re­cy­cling, ac­cept­ing over 30 mil­lion tonnes ev­ery year and ul­ti­mately hav­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity to drive re­cy­cling prices and prac­tices world-wide.

Un­til a few years ago, China ac­cepted re­cy­clables with a re­laxed con­tam­i­na­tion level of around 5 per cent Ð con­tam­i­na­tion be­ing in­cor­rect items mixed in with the ma­te­rial to be re­cy­cled.

The Na­tional Sword Pol­icy now en­forces a strict con­tam­i­na­tion limit of 0.5 per cent, which un­der­stand­ably has sent the global re­cy­cling in­dus­try into shock with much of the worldõs re­cy­cling no longer meet­ing this new ex­port stan­dard.

Coun­cilõs Unit Co­or­di­na­tor, Rod Daw­son said it was im­por­tant to re­mem­ber re­cy­cling is a prod­uct that forms part of a con­tin­u­ous cy­cle.

Òun­like land­fill, a closed sys­tem where items are buried in the ground and lost for­ever, re­cy­cling keeps com­ing around.ó Mr Daw­son said.

Òwhere our re­cy­cling goes is de­pen­dent on mar­ket needs Ð the ex­is­tence and prof­itabil­ity of com­pa­nies who use re­cy­cled con­tent to man­u­fac­ture new items. The re­cy­cling in­dus­try is ev­er­chang­ing and there­fore what we can put into our yel­low lid bins changes ac­cord­ingly.ó

What can I do?

Fol­low th­ese six key Re­cy­cle Right mes­sages when us­ing your yel­low lid re­cy­cling bin:

1. Keep it sim­ple Ð only re­cy­cle hard plas­tic bot­tles and con­tain­ers, glass bot­tles and jars, steel and alu­minium cans, pa­per and card­board.

2. Keep out soft plas­tics Ð in­clud­ing ALL plas­tic bags, even if they have a re­cy­cling sym­bol, are degrad­able or com­postable, and other soft plas­tics such as plas­tic film, chip pack­ets, bread bags and bis­cuit trays.

3. Keep out small items Ð any­thing smaller than a credit card. All lids must now be re­moved from bot­tles and those smaller than a credit card placed in the red lid bin.

4. Keep it safe Ð no strap­ping, hose, net­ting, wires, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, bro­ken glass, chem­i­cals and other haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als that can harm the MRF work­ers or dam­age the ma­chines.

5. Keep it clean Ð rinse or wipe any ex­cess food and drink from all bot­tles, con­tain­ers and tins be­fore plac­ing them in your re­cy­cling bin. Keep out food scraps, nap­pies and soiled pa­per.

6. Keep it loose Ð put each item into your yel­low lid bin sep­a­rately, donõt bag, box or con­tain your re­cy­clable items. To find out more about the Re­cy­cling Right Cam­paign visit www.tweed/nsw.gov.au/waste

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