• Robbie Fulton

Recycling Tips for Australia

Updated: Nov 15, 2020

Recycling is an important and simple thing we can do to help benefit our future, but we understand It can often get confusing trying to know what can and cannot be recycled. But fear not, we are going to make you into the recycling hero that would even combat Captain planet.

First things first, lets go through the yes and no's of recycling.

Items you can recycle

  • Our 100% recycled parcel boxes

  • Paper: magazines, newspapers, office paper, junk mail

  • Cardboard

  • Milk cartons

  • Plastic containers with the Australian recycling label

  • Glass bottles and jars

  • Aluminium and steel tins/cans

  • Empty aerosols

Items not to be recycled

  • Plastic bags or any recyclables in plastic bags

  • Takeaway coffee cups (some coffee cups can be composted, keep a look out for cafes that use these)

  • Disposable nappies

  • Garden waste

  • Polystyrene

  • Bubble wrap

  • Syringes or medical waste

  • Dead animals (feel like this is a no brainer)

  • Oils

  • Ceramics, crockery and drinking glasses

  • Lightbulbs, mirrors or window glass

  • Tissue paper or napkins

  • Containers with food scraps

Get to know these labels to help identify the best steps to take when recycling

Conditionally Recyclable: This recycling symbol means that you must follow the instructions to recycle this packaging. Make sure you follow the instructions, otherwise it has to go in the rubbish bin, and will not be recycled and cause contamination to the recycling stream. For example, while we all know by now that you can’t throw your plastic bags into the recycling at home, but did you know you can deposit these into a Redcycle bin. These can be found at local supermarkets, for your local please find more information here.

Not Recyclable: The bin symbol, means that the packaging is not recyclable, and you must place it in your bin. DO NOT place it in the recycling bin. It will not get recycled and it will contaminate the recycling stream.

Recyclable: This recycling symbol, means this packaging can be placed in the recycling bin as it is. Each piece of packaging with this label must be placed separately in the recycling bin.

Final Tips

All recycling must be loose. Meaning no plastic bags into the bin.

All containers must be empty, this doesn’t mean you need to get out the soap and brush, but make sure you give it a good rinse to get rid of all food scraps.

We can all play our part for the planet by getting into good recycling habits at home. It is such a simple act but will help drastically.

If you want to go further than this, you can get involved with local recycling programs and also pass on your recycling knowledge to encourage others to be more proactive.

The power is yours.

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