RECYCLE MORE STUFF: Ballina Shire Council’s acting team leader of the Waste Management Centre Greg Loomes (left) and council’s strategic waste officer Michael Dodds. Greg is holding bubble wrap which is one of things that can now go in your recycling bin.
RECYCLE MORE STUFF: Ballina Shire Council’s acting team leader of the Waste Management Centre Greg Loomes (left) and council’s strategic waste officer Michael Dodds. Greg is holding bubble wrap which is one of things that can now go in your recycling bin. Graham Broadhead

More items than you think can be recycled

THE time you waste standing at your three urban household garbage bins thinking hard about what goes in what bin will become less and less.

That's because more and more stuff can now go in the yellow-lidded recycling bin.

Ballina Shire Council's strategic waste officer, Michael Dobbs, said the council began sending its recyclables to Lismore's Materials Recovery Facility late last year.

That change, and the changes to recycling technology and the increased market for recyclable materials over the years, means there is plenty more that can go in your recycling bin.

In fact, there is so much that can now go in your recycling bin that Mr Dobbs was a bit stumped to think, off the top of his head, the kind of day-to-day items that still need to be put into your general rubbish bin - disposable nappies and soft fabrics, including dishwashing cloths, were two items that sprang to mind along with rope, string and electrical cord.

For ease of processing, Mr Dobbs said soft plastics like cling wrap, plastic bags and polystyrene (like the trays your supermarket-bought meat comes on) should be bagged separately - you can use any plastic bag - to keep them together.

Small plastics like straws or bread tags could be put into a plastic bottle and the lid popped on.

"Before you put anything into your residual bin, check to see if it can go in another bin," Mr Dobbs said.

He added recycling was cheaper than sending waste to landfill, and was also much better on the environment.

 

RULES FOR RECYCLING

So, what can go in the recycling bin?

Here is a list of some day-to-day items that can now go into the recycling bin:

  • Shopping bags, other plastic bags (bagged) - including the bags your toilet rolls and bread come in
  • Cling wrap (bagged)
  • Any hard plastic including toys - even if it doesn't have a recyclable symbol on it
  • Crockery, glass
  • Polystyrene (bagged)
  • Plastic lids, plastic bread tabs
  • Lids from beer stubbies
  • Glass jars and their lids

Other things you can recycle are:

  • Aluminium and steel cans/tins
  • Tetra packs
  • Paper/cardboard
  • Dried-out paint tins
  • Cutlery, pots and pans
  • Plant pots


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