Stop, separate and listen: recycling right starts small
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.