Waste and recycling
Victorians are pretty good at recycling. We produce around 15 per cent less rubbish today than we did ten years ago, and 60 per cent more recyclable materials are collected by kerbside recycling services.
Litter cleanups cost Victoria $78 million every year, as some 14,560 tonnes of rubbish is thrown carelessly across roads, parks and beaches. Visit www.epa.vic.gov.au/reportlitter to see how we can help clean up our act.
Many of us are already doing the right thing and looking in all rooms at home for things that can be recycled, but plastic bags in recycling bins are still a problem — especially for the Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) where the recyclable materials collected from kerbside bins are sorted and processed to become useful new products.
Recyclable materials in plastic bags cannot be sorted and are likely to end up in landfill with general rubbish, where they take many years to break down. Twenty per cent of what is still found in our waste bins could be recycled, which is why it's important to think about recycling right, from every room.
So whether you're evicting a used shampoo bottle from the bathroom or ridding the kitchen bench of empty tomato tins, make sure you don't put recyclable items in plastic bags when you place them in your recycling bin.
For more information on household items that can be recycled visit www.getitrightbinnight.vic.gov.au.
Last updated: 02 February 2016