Stop, sep­a­rate and lis­ten: re­cy­cling right starts small

Wanneroo Times - - News -

On the face of it, cut­ting down house­hold waste seems like a big ask – af­ter all, the av­er­age City of Wan­neroo house­hold gen­er­ates a stag­ger­ing 1.1 tonnes of waste ev­ery year – half of which ends up in land­fill. But if Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week re­minded us of any­thing, it’s the lit­tle steps we can take when sort­ing through our house­hold waste that can have a big im­pact on bring­ing that fig­ure down. “With just a few small changes to our ev­ery­day rou­tine, we can make a big dif­fer­ence,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said. “And these small changes start with un­der­stand­ing the key do’s and don’ts when sep­a­rat­ing re­cy­clables from the rub­bish. “The only way to en­sure re­cy­clables are re­cov­ered to be­come new items is to put the right items in the right bin.” Items that can be dis­posed of in your yel­low top re­cy­cling bin are: • Pa­per (ex­clud­ing shred­ded pa­per) • Card­board (flat­tened) • Glass (even if it’s bro­ken) • Plas­tic con­tain­ers and plas­tic

bot­tles • Alu­minium cans • Steel cans. All items should be clean and empty, with lids re­moved and placed loose in the bin. As for what can’t go in your yel­low­topped bin? • Plas­tic bags and light plas­tic film • Clothes or other tex­tiles • Nap­pies • Food or gar­den waste • Build­ing waste • Gas bot­tles, aerosols or bat­ter­ies • Ropes, ca­bles, gar­den hose pipes • Take­away cof­fee cups • Meat trays. For more in­for­ma­tion on waste and re­cy­cling, visit wan­neroo.wa.gov.au/ waste­an­drecy­cling or call 9405 5000.

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