National Recycling Week in Australia 2018

National Recycling Week, organised by Planet Ark, will run from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th November 2018. This is the 22nd year of the program, but recycling is such an important issue that it is worth talking about year round.

In this article we will discuss some of the things to look forward to during National Recycling Week and broader trends in the recycling movement that are sweeping the nation this year.

Get Involved in Recycling Events

During National Recycling Week there are likely to be many events happening in your area. Potentially the most interesting and enlightening one to look for is a tour of your local waste transfer station, sometimes referred to as the tip. This is an opportunity to see what happens to the stuff you throw in your bins, how it is sorted, processed and redistributed between landfill and dedicated material specific recycling centres.

You should also think about organising an information session at your school, office or workplace to inform people about what can and can’t be recycled. This changes over time as new technologies and materials are made available so people always have questions. Consult with an expert for advice and download fact sheets to share around for people to take home. It’s also worth noting that different things are recycled in different areas and talking to your waste transfer station can help inform you about conditions in your area.

Recycling can build Your Community

Trash and treasure is not a new idea but it is more important than ever right now. Your old goods can genuinely empower and improve the lives of others. Think of those clothes you will never wear, your old toaster or that bike with a flat tyre gathering dust in the shed. The world is full of stuff and chances are you own a stack of things that somebody in your neighbourhood is saving money to buy. Join your local rough trade or free stuff group on Facebook to give your old things a new life with someone else. You could find what you need, give away what you don’t, or organise a trade with somebody rather than throwing something into landfill. What’s more, you will get a chance to meet locals and talk about local issues.

Plastics Recycling is Vital and Useful

Most plastics products are recyclable. Even soft plastics can be recycled if they are separated from your hard plastics and placed into appropriate bins. Unfortunately these soft plastics cannot be recycled with hard plastics and can interfere with the recycling process.

Plastics manufacturers have an important role to play in the process of plastic recycling. Any reputable supplier should ensure any in house offcuts are either directly recycled into new products on-site or sent to recycling centres to be turned into other materials.

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