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
Plastic containers with the Australian recycling label
Glass bottles and jars
Aluminium and steel tins/cans
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)
Syringes or medical waste
Dead animals (feel like this is a no brainer)
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.
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.