This is a guide of what you can and can't recycle within the Wakool Shire, produced in conjunction with Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group.
What you can and can't recycle in Wakool Shire Council
Paper and Cardboard
Newspapers, magazines, advertising leaflets, letters, writing paper, cardboard and cardboard boxes, egg cartons and envelopes can all be recycled.
Try and flatten boxes before placing them into your bin, to minimise the amount of space they use.
DO NOT PLACE:
Waxed cardboard cartons, plastic coated paper bags (eg cereal bags), thermal fax paper, used tissues, tea bags and paper contaminated with food remains in the recycling bin as they can not be recycled.
Milk & Juice Cartons (Liquid paperboard)
There are two types of cartons - gable top most commonly used for fresh milk and some fruit juices, and aseptic bricks - used for sterilized products such as UHT (longlife) milk. Both products are fully recyclable.
All clear, green, blue and amber bottles, eg soft drink, mineral water, wine and beer, can be recycled as can glass jars. Remove lids or caps and try not to break bottles or jars as broken glass is difficult to sort.
NOT TO BE PLACED IN RECYCLING BIN:
Broken window and windscreen glass, heat treated glass such as pyrex, corning ware and vision ware, white opaque bottles, light globes, china and ceramics and laboratory or medical glass as they can not be recycled and should be placed in your rubbish bin.
Plastics are compounds known as polymers, and there are about 40 different types currently in use, each with a different chemical composition and set of properties, which make it suitable for certain applications.
To assist with the identification of different plastics, a Plastic Identification Code is placed on each product. This Code is a number between 1 and 6 inside a triangle made up of chasing arrows.
While most plastics can theoretically be recycled, at present it is only viable to recycle two types of plastic from domestic sources in Australia. These are:
Code 1 (PET - Polyethylene terephthalate) - soft drink and mineral water bottles.
Code 2 (HDPE - High density polyethylene) - milk, cream, shampoo and cleaner bottles
DO NOT PLACE the other three codes, 3 to 6, in your recycling bin. These include garbage bags and plastic shopping bags, ice cream containers and lids, margarine containers, drinking straws, potato chip packets, yoghurt containers, plastic cutlery, polystyrene cups, meat trays and packaging.
Steel & Aluminium Products
Steel food cans, coffee tins, oil cans, paint tins (dry & empty), bottle tops, glass jar lids, aerosol cans are all recyclable.
Aluminium cans and cooking foil are both able to be recycled.
These products, excluding aerosol cans, can be crushed to save space if necessary.
The Facts on Recycling
Did You Know:
More than 750,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard are recycled each year - this is the equivalent to more than 10 million trees
Over 100 million plastic milk containers and more than 240 million soft drink bottles are recycled each year. These plastics are used to make new garbage bins, storm water pipes, jetty planking and new soft drink bottles.
Manufacturing 20 aluminium cans from recycled material uses the same energy as making 1 can from raw materials and by recycling 1 aluminium can you save enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours.
Over 150 million kgs of glass containers are recycled each year and made into new glass products.
For more information - log onto Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group's website on www.cmrwmg.com.au
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