It’s National Recycling Week from 13 to 19 November and we’re shining a light on the dos, don’ts and did-you-knows of recycling.
In the City of Subiaco, residential recycling is comingled and collected fortnightly. This means that all recycling whether it be glass, cardboard, plastic or metal is placed in the same yellow-topped bin and taken to Perth’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to be sorted and recycled.
Perth’s MRF is the most advanced comingled recovery system in the country and can recover ninety-seven per cent of materials received.
What can I recycle?
You can now recycle more than ever. If you don't already, be sure to place these items in your recycling bin:
- paper, newspaper, magazines, cardboard and cardboard boxes
- milk and juice cartons
- plastic bags
- glass bottles and jars
- plastic bottles and plastic containers
- aerosols, steel cans and aluminium cans
- pots and pans
- hard plastic toys
- bulk polystyrene packaging (no beads or cups).
What can’t I recycle?
Placing these materials in your recycling bin can damage sorting equipment and put workers at risk
What happens to the things I recycle?
Steel is 100 per cent recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times, saving both energy and raw materials. When you recycle steel products such as tins, food cans and aerosol cans they are heated and mixed with other recycled scrap metals to make new car bodies, cans, aerosols, BBQs, furniture and whitegoods.
Don’t forget to place your paper and cardboard waste in the recycling bin - that includes newspaper, cereal boxes, greeting cards, cardboard packaging and boxes, manila folders, toilet rolls, egg cartons and pizza boxes. Paper can be recycled between six and eight times with the quality reducing each time (as the fibres become shorter). Recycled paper products include office paper, packaging, toilet paper, egg cartons, soundproofing, furniture, newspaper and cardboard.
Did you know only two in five cartons get recycled? Milk and juice cartons are taken to the paper mill for recycling and added to a giant blender which uses water to break the cartons down. The paper content is separated and recycled into products such as paper towel, tissue and paper bags. Plastic and aluminium from cartons can also be recycled into things like roofing tiles.
Recyclable plastic includes plastic toys, plastic bottles and plastic containers. When recycled, these products are used to make new bottles and containers, wheelie bins guideposts, fence pickets, irrigation pipes and fleece jumpers.
Help us celebrate National Recycling Week all this week at home and around the city by reducing, reusing and of course recycling. You can also follow the City of Subiaco on Facebook for more recycling information, tips and trivia. www.facebook.com.au/cityofsubiaco