National Recycling Week 2017

In celebration of National recycling Week (13 – 19 November 2017) the City of Kalamunda has collated a series of recycling tips and information to help you understand the importance of recycling and just how easy it is for you to help make a difference.

 Why Recycle?  

Australians are among the highest waste producers in the world. We generate almost 48 million   tonnes of rubbish each year – that is about 2.1 tonnes from each of us. 40% of this rubbish is either dumped in the environment; or sent to landfill where it cannot be recycled. See why recycling is so important



What goes in the yellow lid bin?  



  • Glass bottles and jars (rinse and remove lids)
  • Milk and Juice cartons (no Silver lined UHT Cartons)
  • Newspapers, paper & Magazines
  • Steel & aluminium cans and aerosols
  • Plastic bottles and container lids
  • Cardboard boxes (please flatten and remove any food)
  • Foil – large amounts that have been combined and scrunched in a ball
  • Meat trays
  • Cling wrap
  • Takeaway Coffee Cups
  • Soft plastics (ie plastic bags)
  • No Light Globes
  • Nappies
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What happens to my recycling?  

Recyclables from Kalamunda are collected & processed by Cleanaway, using their recycling facility in South Guilford.

Using new technology recyclables are fed through an electronic sorter that separates using density, colour, magnetic attraction and wind to categorise materials into similar groups.

Similar materials are bailed and shipped to processors; who are able to further break down the material, then transported to facilities to make alternative materials.

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Benefits of recycling  

Recycling is not just rubbish: it’s valuable commodities you’re chucking in your bin

Recycling saves Energy

Recycling helps protect the environment

Recycling reduces items sent to landfill

Creates employment

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Recycling contamination  

Degrading material values and rebates: As recyclables are contaminated, they lose value as they are not in pristine condition and the material needs to undergo process that is more rigorous in order to make the material usable again. This reduce the amount of positive fund intake.

Causes inability to recycle – if a section of waste is too badly contaminated it will be sent to landfill as it is too costly and time consuming to sort separate and remove the contamination.

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How to increase your recycling rate  

Reduce products manufactured in non-recyclable packaging

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How to find recycled alternatives  

Use reusable cups – ie keepcup & Frank Green

Use Alfoil over cling wrap

Use a re-usable water bottle rather than buying a bottle of water.

Save on plastic by taking a reusable bag with you

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