amount of raw materials extracted from the environment, saving water, energy, natural resources and greenhouse gases.
costs associated with waste disposal and the manufacture of new products.
In order to ensure the material in our yellow bins continues to be recycled, we need to keep it simple, keep it clean and keep it coming 'round. Please follow the six Recycle Right messages below for using your yellow lid recycling bin:
Recycle Right #1 - Keep it Simple Only Recycle:
Hard plastic bottles and containers
Glass bottle and jars
Steel and aluminium cans
Paper and cardboard
Recycle Right #2 - Keep Out Soft Plastics Keep Out:
All soft plastics, including bags, plastic wrapping, chip packets and bread bags
No degradable nor biodegradable plastic bags – these belong in the landfill bin
Recycle Right #3 - Keep Out Small Items Don’t place anything smaller than a credit card into your recycling bin, this includes:
Drink bottle lids (including milk bottle lids)
Recycle Right #4 - Keep it Safe Keep it safe for our Material Recovery Facility (MRF) workers and machines. This means nothing hazardous that can harm our workers or anything that can damage the machines.
strapping line, netting, wires
cords and cables
chemicals and other hazardous materials
Recycle Right #5 - Keep it Clean Keep it clean by rinsing or wiping out your containers of any excess food, drink etc.
NO food scraps
NO soiled paper or cardboard
NO general waste
Recycle Right #6 - Keep it Loose Place your recyclables loose into your recycling bin.
Don’t bag or box your recyclables
Make sure lids are removed and containers are empty of food and fluids
Does recycling collected from our yellow lidded bins actually get recycled?
YES!! The recyclables collected in all areas across our region are being transported and processed at the Materials Recovery Facility in Hume, ACT and NOT going to landfill!
In fact – around 90% of uncontaminated recyclables collected and sorted through the facility in Hume are reprocessed here in Australia.
Recycling may be sent to landfill if it is too heavily contaminated. It is harder to sell on domestic and international markets, may contribute to stockpiling on site and can create serious safety issues for staff. So keep it simple, keep it clean and keep it coming 'round.
Learn more via the adjacent video and let's keep recycling!
Recycling saves raw materials
The table below shows what your recycling is turned into and the savings this equates to:
gets recycles into...
where it gets processed...
Locally in civil markers for a variety of purposes including road base
48% of raw materials
Packaging, furniture, garbage bins and even clothing
PET Plastic (e.g. soft drink bottles) transported to Sydney for remanufacture
HDPE Plastic (e.g. milk bottles) usually sent to Narrabri, NSW for remanufacturing
Mixed Plastic is traditionally sold as feedstock to international markets
98% of raw materials and 6.2 kg of crude oil per household
Food cans, machinery, appliances, train tracks or guitar strings
Sold as feedstock to international markets for a good resale value
89% of raw materials
Drinks cans or aluminium foil
Aluminium smelter in QLD
81% of raw materials
Paper & Cardboard
Cardboard, paper based packaging or print paper
Visy paper mill in Tumut, NSW for processing into recycled product
51% of the environmental impact of using virgin material
The Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) is an evidence-based standardised system that provides you with easy to understand recycling information for packaging, it shows what needs to be done to dispose of packaging.