Recent bin inspections in the Geelong region have revealed that material in plastic bags accounts for around 80 percent of contamination in the recycling bin.
Put bagged material in the rubbish bin.
Recycling must be loose in the recycling bin to be sorted effectively.
Plastic bags and other soft plastic wrapping causes problems by getting caught in the paper stream as well as wrapping around machinery at the recycling facility.
The first stage of sorting involves staff picking contaminates (items that cant be recycled) off a conveyor belt by hand. For health and safety reasons, staff can not open plastic bags, no matter what is in them, so they are removed and sent to landfill.
Make recycling convenient! Sort it in the kitchen. Set up a box or tub to collect your recycling in your kitchen – this way you can easily take your recycling to the bin and simply tip it in.
Plastic bags can only be recycled by dropping them off at specially marked bins at select Coles and Woolworths stores.