Did you know...waste facts

Some interesting facts about all things related to waste and recycling.

  • Steel is one of the world's most recycled products. In fact, steel is 100 per cent recyclable.
  • Pet food, soup and tuna cans are the most common steel products put in the rubbish bin.
  • The aluminium can is one of the most sustainable packaging solutions available. It protects its contents, is cost-effective and can be recycled after use again and again.
  • Aerosol cans are one of the easiest of all the steel cans to recycle. However on average only 35 per cent are being recycled.
  • 15 per cent of material placed in the rubbish bin contains items that are recyclable.
  • Glass bottles (28 per cent) are the most common recyclable material dropped into the rubbish bin. Paper products (20 per cent) plastic bottles and containers (15 per cent) and cardboard (15 per cent) are the next most common items incorrectly placed in the red lid bin.
  • Recycling material placed in the rubbish bin goes to landfill and adds to the cost of disposal. This material is lost to the recycling process.
  • Out-of-date and unwanted medicines can be returned to your local pharmacy.
  • Cardboard is one of the easiest and most environmentally effective materials to recycle since the fibre in cardboard has already been processed.
  • 88 per cent of Australian households recycle paper or cardboard.
  • The average Australian family of four people makes enough rubbish in one year to completely fill a three-bedroom house from floor to ceiling.
  • Over 90 per cent of the materials used in mobile phones are recyclable. These materials can be used to make everything from plastic fence posts to stainless steel products. Mobile phones can be recycled at retail outlets such as Optus and Telstra or through Mobile Muster
  • White goods such as fridges, ovens, dryers and dishwashers can be dropped off for free at our Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre or Geelong Resource Recovery Centre.
  • Metal pots and pans (no lids) and plastic toys (no batteries) can go in the yellow lid recycling bin.
  • Car batteries can be dropped off for free at our Geelong Resource and Recovery Centre.
  • Contamination is putting an item in the wrong bin such as plastic bags in the recycling or green waste bin.
  • Plastic bags, drinking straws, broken crockery and polystyrene containers are the most common items mistakenly placed in the recycling bin.
  • Plastic bags can be recycled at Coles or Woolworths supermarkets.
  • Ceramics, vases, mirrors, heat-proof cooking glass, drinking glass and china cannot be recycled because they heat at a different rate to regular glass bottles and jars. This causes them to weaken recycled glass and can contaminate a whole load of sorted glass, even in small amounts.
  • Old computer equipment can be dropped off for free at our Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre or Geelong Resource Recovery Centre.
  • 89 per cent of Geelong residents rated their waste collection service as either excellent or good. This rating is above the national average.
  • Old hot water services can be dropped off for free at our Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre or Geelong Resource Recovery Centre.
  • Batteries, motor oil, fluoro tubes, paint and BBQ gas bottles can be dropped off for free at our Geelong Resource Recovery Centre. They can then be disposed of safely.

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Page last updated: Tuesday, 30 October 2018