The eight most common mistakes householders make with recycling
Read the full aritcle here – ABC News, by Kathryn Diss
“Ever since China slapped a ban on many categories of foreign waste, it’s become more important than ever for Australians to adopt good recycling habits.
Australian waste collectors now have to meet much higher standards of waste product — limiting contamination in their recyclables to 0.5 per cent — if they are hoping to export the waste to China following its crackdown.
There’s plenty of room for improvement. At the moment, Australian companies are still collecting recyclable waste with up to 18 per cent contamination.
Systems do vary between councils, so it’s always best to contact your own authority for more information.
But here are some basic rules you can adopt to ensure you are recycling effectively.”
The article discusses the do’s and do not’s of household recycling, to help guide the general public towards recycling best practice. These guidelines maximise what can be recycled, reduce contamination of recyclables and help Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), operate efficiently and safely. The article lists these core principles as:
- Three golden rules — clean, dry and empty
- Smaller isn’t better so check the size
- Flatten your boxes — it helps you and the recycling plants
- Whatever it says on the can, aerosols are a no-go
- Don’t bag it, let your recyclables roam free
- What about magazines, staples and paperclips?
- Books are good, shredded paper is bad