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Recycling

What Goes In The Yellow Recycling Bin?

For the first time everyone in WA has the SAME guidelines on what can and can’t go in your recycling bin. Establishing this “Yes” and “No” list helps to ensure more of our household waste is recycled, and it’s important, because placing the wrong items in your yellow-topped bin has the potential to contaminate a whole truckload (or even more) of items that could have otherwise been recycled. These are the top five things to avoid placing in your kerbside recycling bin: ITEMS IN BAGS Give your items the best chance of being recycled by placing them in the bin...
Recycling

Total Green Recycling

WHY TACKLE E-WASTE? It was James and Michael Coghill’s entrepreneurial spirt and enthusiasm to start a business that would have a positive impact on the planet that saw them, while still at university, set up Total Green Recycling (TGR) in 2008. They used to pick up things from the side of the road to supplement their incomes. Surprised by the sheer volume of electronic goods left on verges for council pick-up, they saw an opportunity to tackle a growing waste problem and increase the recycling-rates of resource-rich e-waste. In 2008 the average e-waste generation rate per capita in Australia was 7kg per...
Recycling , Waste Reduction

Hillcrest Primary School

WHAT WAS THEIR MOTIVATION? Hillcrest Primary School understood there was a need for robust waste management practices and both classroom and playground based learning opportunities if they were going to really embed a focus on sustainability and set a positive example for their students. As one of WA’s 450+ Waste Wise Schools they had a framework for change to work from and support to make it happen. But, with the basics in place, the wider school community (everyone from teaching staff through to the gardeners, canteen staff, students and parents) could still see further opportunities to make a difference and they wanted to...
Recycling

Recycling Tips To Reduce Your Waste

Maximise your recycling by getting to know what can and can’t go in your yellow top bin at home, and what to do with those other items. It's really important to remember the recycling symbol doesn't mean you can automatically put it in your household recycling bin - in fact, placing the wrong items in this bin causes contamination which could lead to more waste being sent to landfill unnecessarily. GLASS, TINS, PAPER AND CARDBOARD You can put glass jars and bottles (even the broken ones); all metals including tins and cans into your yellow recycling bin. Always make sure they...
Household , Recycling

What Is Fogo?

You might have heard the term “FOGO” pop up in the past year when discussion turns to waste, but do you know what it actually means? A NEW THREE-BIN SYSTEM FOGO – or Food Organics and Garden Organics - is often used when talking about a three-bin system where any waste that once lived (like food scraps and garden waste) is diverted from landfill and then processed to make into compost for use in parks, gardens and in agriculture settings. It's a relatively new approach to waste management in Western Australia. FOGO, because it also diverts large volumes of food waste, goes...
Recycling

Wa’s Ultimate Op Shop Guide

Did you know that every time you leave a brand new item on the shelf in favour for a pre-owned one you are helping to own your impact? LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2019  OUR FAVOURITE SECOND-HAND SHOPS There are HUNDREDS of second-hand shops, often operated by charities, scattered across neighbourhoods and small towns all over WA. Patience and perseverance are the keys to success when you’re shopping for pre-loved items, that’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite destinations for clothing, bric-a-brac, toys, manchester and furniture. If you’re looking for other ways to source pre-loved items, or to find a...
Household , Recycling

Hazardous Waste – The Things You Just Can’t Bin

We use hazardous chemicals and materials in our homes every day – think batteries, paint, aerosol cans and gas cylinders – usually without thinking twice and without obvious risk to our health. But when these items (known as household hazardous waste or HHW) reach the end of their useful lives, we need to take special care to dispose of them. They’re often flammable, toxic, explosive or corrosive and can’t be disposed of in household bins. SO HOW DO YOU DISPOSE OF… Here’s a list of 5 common HHW you may need to dispose of and how you can do it....
Recycling , Waste Reduction

How Wa’s Container Deposit Scheme Will Work

You might have heard that WA is getting its own container deposit scheme in 2020. From Tuesday 2 June, eligible containers will earn you a 10 cent refund if they are returned to one of more than 170 refund points around the state. This article shares what we know about the scheme right now, and what we can expect to learn closer to its launch. GOT QUESTIONS? WE’VE GOT ANSWERS! Q. WHAT IS A CONTAINER DEPOSIT SCHEME? A container deposit scheme is a program designed to help divert recyclable waste from landfill and reduce litter. A small deposit is added...
Household , Recycling

Tips For Sustainable Living

Western Australians love a month-long challenge right (don’t forget the global movement Plastic Free July started here!)? So who’s up for embracing the next call to action – Sustainable September – with us? WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY? Let’s get back to basics – the Oxford Dictionary describes sustainability as the: “avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.” HOW CAN I BE MORE SUSTAINABLE? At the most simple level, to be more sustainable you will need to be more considered about everyday decisions – what you do, what you eat, what you buy (or don’t...
Recycling

10 Items You Didn’t Know Could Go In A Redcycle Bin

It’s important for everyone to divert as much waste as they can from landfill so here are 10 items that you might not have known can also be recycled through the REDcycle program and turned into different items from outdoor furniture, bollards and exercise equipment. Just remember to ensure your soft plastics are free from food (aside from yoghurt pouches, but keep reading for more on that!) and DRY (wet items cause mould) before you put them in the bin. It’s also worth noting that bagging your soft plastics is OK. 1. SILVER-LINED CHOCOLATE, CHIP AND SNACK WRAPPERS That’s right,...