Top Ten Recycling Tips

Top Ten recycling tips from Brisbane City Council

  1. Identify recyclable items around the house. It’s easy if you remember that if it is made from paper, cardboard, firm flexible plastic, metal (aluminium and steel) or glass, it can be put in your recycling bin at home.
  2. Recycling symbols may not always be right. Remember if it’s made from the five materials listed above, it can go into your recycling bin. Other things, like plastic bags, can only be recycled through other dedicated recycling services. For example, plastic bags can be recycled via some supermarkets and should not be put in your recycling bin at home.
  3. Aerosol cans are recyclable. You can safely dispose of all empty aerosol cans and containers that previously held household chemicals in your recycling bin.
  4. Trust the process. Do your best to decide if an item can be recycled but trust the technology at the recycling facility to remove non-recyclables if you get it wrong.
  5. Use different bins to collect more. Make collecting your recyclables at home easier by placing a bin for recyclables in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Sorting your recyclables at the point of disposal will help you to recycle more.
  6. Containers do not need to be rinsed before being placed in your recycling bin. Although rinsing does reduce bin odours, not doing this will not ruin the whole load of recycling.
  7. Do not put your recyclables in plastic bags. Instead, place the items loose in your recycling bin. Plastic bags cannot be opened at the recycling facility for safety reasons, and all the goods inside are sent to landfill.
  8. Don’t forget that every little bit counts. Even making the effort to recycle one or two extra items each week, such as the junk mail from the letterbox or the empty air freshener can from the bathroom, helps to conserve precious resources from going to landfill.
  9. Remove the lids from containers and bottles before you place the bottles in the recycling bin and lids in the rubbish bin.
  10. Only glass jars and bottles are suitable for recycling. Drinking glasses, ceramics and heat-proof glass (e.g. Pyrex) melt at a different temperature and cannot be recycled. Put these items in your rubbish bin at home.