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Five recycling tips from the Government

By johnboy - 4 September 2012 18

Territory and Municipal Services are trying to help you help them with a list of ways to recycle your garbage better:

1. There’s a simple way to remember which plastics are recyclable. Soft plastics like chip packets, plastic film and bubble wrap can’t go in the recycling bin, but rigid plastics like plastic meat trays, biscuit trays and toothpaste tubes can.

2. Disposable nappies cannot go in the recycling bin even if the box has a recycling triangle on it or they say they are biodegradable. Nappies need to be disposed of in your green lidded rubbish bin. They cannot be recycled and in fact cause damage to sorting machines and can have health impacts on staff on the sorting line.

3. You don’t need to clean or rinse out any containers before putting them in your recycling bin. You can even leave the lids on. It will all be taken care for you at the next stage of the recycling.

4. Aluminium foil (rolled into a ball), pizza boxes and greasy paper from hamburgers and fish ‘n chips, even ones with small amounts of food attached, can all go in your recycling bin.

5. Envelopes with plastic windows as well as paper fastened with staples, sticky tape or even blu tac are all recyclable.

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Five recycling tips from the Government
bigfeet 10:48 am 05 Sep 12

Pitchka said :

As soon as my pissy little green bin is full, you bet you sweet a&s that ill start using my recycling bin.. Those bins are sufficient for couples, but throw kids in the equation (or larger families) and they are no where near big enough.

I’m pretty sure you are not supposed to throw kids in either of the bins.

ummmm_no 10:12 am 05 Sep 12

Pitchka said :

As soon as my pissy little green bin is full, you bet you sweet a&s that ill start using my recycling bin.. Those bins are sufficient for couples, but throw kids in the equation (or larger families) and they are no where near big enough.

Doesn’t really bother me whether you recycle properly or not, but have you thought about paying $93 a year for a larger bin?

http://www.tams.act.gov.au/live/fees_and_charges/administrative_fees

niftydog 9:51 am 05 Sep 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

So…I take it from point 4 that a bit of left over salmonella or listeria…

The main hazard occurs when they have to clean and repair the sorting equipment after a bag full of stinkers has gummed up the works. A glass bottle goes straight through the sorting equipment without human contact, so the blue fuzz inside bothers nobody.

Pitchka 8:34 am 05 Sep 12

As soon as my pissy little green bin is full, you bet you sweet a&s that ill start using my recycling bin.. Those bins are sufficient for couples, but throw kids in the equation (or larger families) and they are no where near big enough.

milkman 7:55 am 05 Sep 12

Don’t get to worried about used batteries. Just pop ’em down a stormwater drain and let nature recycle them for you.

HenryBG 7:25 am 05 Sep 12

Sandman said :

C’mon Henry. If you’re gonna troll, at least be a little subtle about it.

I swear it’s true.

Maybe some Tip staff reading this will remember winding up visiting groups of schoolchildren in this way…?

wildturkeycanoe 6:11 am 05 Sep 12

So…I take it from point 4 that a bit of left over salmonella or listeria attached to hamburger wrapper is fine for the recycling staff, or perhaps the lovely blue fungus that grows inside used longnecks over time, but some baby poop isn’t???

Sandman 10:27 pm 04 Sep 12

C’mon Henry. If you’re gonna troll, at least be a little subtle about it.

HenryBG 8:06 pm 04 Sep 12

My daughter came home from a school excursion to the tip with a new and novel awareness: she was told, apparently, that if you throw away your drink containers separately from their lids, then the garbos have to spend all day going through the bins to find the right lids for the right drink bottles.

This information caused an unwelcome level of recycling-related obsessive-compulsive behaviour in my household for which I have for a long time been hoping to thank the Tip staff for. Thank you. I owe you one.

Androyd 7:52 pm 04 Sep 12

I always find the recycling bins at Kingston Bus Depot markets odd, they have a sign on top saying something to the effect of “If you put any food or nonrecyclable stuff in this bin, it will contaminate the whole contents (you heartless bastard).” So I must remember to print out the TAMS advice and stick it on the bin next time I’m there!

Grail 12:17 pm 04 Sep 12

Sounds like you need a chat with your local Member!

niftydog 11:21 am 04 Sep 12

I’m aware of Battery World – but a 40km round trip to drop off a handful of batteries every time the remote controls go on the fritz is not my idea of saving the environment.

How hard is it to put a wheelie bin at each resource centre right next to the car battery drop-off? Or at major shopping centres?

s-s-a 11:03 am 04 Sep 12

Used batteries can be dropped off at Battery World in Phillip. Not sure if there are other collection points.

Grail 11:01 am 04 Sep 12

Used batteries? Check with The Battery Factory in Fyshwick about car batteries, Battery World in Phillip about all other domestic batteries.

Used Apple stuff? Take them to the Apple Store.

PS: I rinse out stuff before putting it in the recycling or garbage simply to control the smell. Parfum de lait is not pleasant.

niftydog 10:06 am 04 Sep 12

What do I do with my used batteries, TAMS!??!

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