Greater Dandenong has partnered with the Victorian Government and other Melbourne councils on a new campaign that aims to improve recycling rates across the metropolitan area.
‘Get it Right on Bin Night’ provides residents with tips and information to make recycling easier and less confusing. We know everyone recycles, yet every week 300,000 wheelie bins full of items that could have been put in the recycling bin make their way from Melbourne’s households to landfill. One of the key reasons why recyclable items end up in landfill is because people are confused about what can and can’t be recycled. Recycling processes and systems have evolved and now there are many more items that can be recycled than ever before.
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 more.
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.
Make recycling easy
Placing separate rubbish and recycling bins in each room of your house helps make recycling easy. If you don't have enough room for two bins, why not try a small box or container under the bench or in a cupboard to collect recycling.
To find out more about the campaign and to check if you’re ‘getting it right on bin night’ visit the campaign website, www.getitrightbinnight.vic.gov.au.
You might just be surprised how easy it is to improve your recycling!