By making a few simple changes around the home you can help reduce waste to landfill. Get it Right on Bin Night helps you understand how you can improve your recycling habits and make a difference from your kerbside.
Getting it right is easy – just follow these simple steps:
- Know what you can recycle
Your kerbside recycling bin can accept paper, cardboard and packaging containers made from plastic, liquid paper board (eg. cartons), glass, steel and aluminium. Find out what you can recycle.
- Check for recycling in every room
Many items in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry, lounge and study can go in your recycling bin. Find out what you can recycle.
- Make sure items are empty
Items don’t need to be sparkling clean, just empty. Remove solid food scraps like pizza and leftovers.
- Keep recycling out of plastic bags
Remember, if you put your recycling in plastic bags it may end up in landfill because it can’t be sorted and recycled.
- Keep these items out of your recycling bin
Putting these items in your recycling bin affects the recycling process making it harder to sort and recycle the correct items.
- Garden waste – Should be placed in the general waste bin or taken to the Transfer Stations.
- General household waste, including items such as nappies – Put into your rubbish bin.
- Food waste – If you have space at home you can compost your food waste, otherwise it should go in your rubbish bin.
- Household chemicals – Find out about the Detox Your Home program.
- Electronics (e.g. computers, TVs, mobile phones) and batteries – Can be taken to the Transfer Stations with no fee attached
- Timber, concrete, bricks and rubble – Can be dropped off at the Daylesford Transfer Station only.
- Household goods and furniture – Transfer Stations have ‘tip shops’ that accept good quality household goods and furniture which we then sell at great prices.
For items in good condition you can also contact your local charity shop to see if they would like them, or hold your own garage sale.
- Polystyrene foam packaging – Place in your rubbish bin.
- Ceramic and glass waste (non packaging) such as cups, crockery, drinking glasses, Pyrex glass, ovenware, window glass and mirrors – These items should be wrapped (if broken) and placed in your garbage bin. If they are in good condition contact your local charity shop to see if they would like them, or hand them on to friends or family.
- Scrap metal items like car parts – these are accepted at the Transfer Stations