Many people aren't aware of what happens to your recycling once it is collected from the kerb and Wakool Shire Council, along with the Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group want to get the message out to all residents that contamination puts a spanner in the works.
Contamination occurs when the wrong items are put into recycling bins, which makes it very difficult for the workers at the Material Recovery Facilities. Always put your recyclables in the bin loose (not in plastic bags) and rinse them out in your dirty dishwater to save water.
What can I recycle?
- Aluminium and steel cans, clean foil and foil trays, empty aerosol cans
- Glass jars and bottles (and their lids)
- All clean paper including newspapers, envelopes (even those with plastic windows), magazines, brochures, booklets, phone books
- Clean flattened cardboard (all sizes)
- Milk and juice cartons
- Plastic containers (codes 1-7) including milk, juice, soft drink, cordial and detergent bottles, ice cream, yogurt, margarine, clear takeaway food containers and lids
What can't I recycle?
- Plastic bags (all types), plastic wrap and bubble wrap
- Soiled cardboard (eg pizza boxes) and waxed cardboard
- Food waste
- Garden and lawn clippings
- Crockery, glassware, light globes, window glass
- Clothes and toys
- Electrical appliances