Recycling

What You Need to Know!

A lot of rubbish that ends up in landfill does not actually belong there…. and it does not belong in our local environments too. So, where does it go? These items are actually given a second, a third or even a fourth life by being RECYCLED! 

Did you know, that 51% of all household waste can and should be recycled in Australia?!

Apart from giving items a second life, there are many other benefits of recycling. Reusing materials means we need fewer resources (many that come from our environments) to create brand new items. Making new items from recycled items also uses less energy compared to making new items from new materials. Recycling  also increases the number of jobs in Australia which is great for our future!

In most Australian cities, there are 6 streams of recycling! Click on the bins to see what can and cannot go in these recycling bins. 

What can & cannot go in these Recycling Bins

E-Waste

E-Waste

YES:
TV's, computers, electronic parts (keyboards, mouses), CD's and phones.

NO:
Batteries and light bulbs. E-waste items can have special metals like gold and copper that will be taken out and resold.

Containers for Change

Containers for Change

YES:
Drink containers e.g. poppers, soft drink, water, small flavored milk.

NO:
Milk, wine, spirits and cordial bottles. You can return drink containers for a 10 C refund!

Landfill

Landfill

YES:
Most coffee cups, ceramic and glassware, paper clips, polystrene.

NO:
Chemicals such as paint, light bulbs, recyclables. Recyclables such as cans can take up to 500 years to breakdown in landfill!

Organic Waste

Organic Waste

YES:
Food leftovers e.g. fruit, veggies, bread, coffee grounds, tea bags, flowers, leaves.

NO:
Liquids, dairy and weeds. Organic waste in landfill produces methane gas which is a harmful gas!

Recycling

Recycling

YES:
Paper e.g. newspaper and magazines, cardboard, plastic containers, coffee cup lids, milk and juice cartons, steel, cans, empty aerosols.

NO:
Polystyrene, green waste, plastic bags, soft plastic, clothing, nappies.

Soft Plastic

Soft Plastic

YES:
Most coffee cups, ceramic and glassware, paper clips, polystrene.

NO:
Chemicals such as paint, light bulbs, recyclables. Recyclables such as cans can take up to 500 years to breakdown in landfill!

Facts!

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Using your yellow top recycling bin saves 11,000 MEGA liters of water which is enough to fill 4500 huge swimming pools

Yellow top recycling also saves the pollution that up to 64,000 cars makes for a whole year!

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Recycling one tonne of paper saves 13 trees from getting cut down in our local forests 

EcoMarines Video: Recycling Rangers!

Hero Mission!

Your Hero Mission for recycling is to go through your recycling area in your house or classroom and double check that the items are going in the right bin! Let us know below if you have found an item that was going to go in the wrong bin or did you find something that you did not know could be recycled? Answer the questions and then move on to the next level!

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