2016 National Recycling Week

Monday, October 17, 2016

Planet Ark have developed a clever way to engage people with 'So You Think You Can Recycle? To encourage all people to recycle in Australia, and equally to ensure people are recycling correctly. The goal is to educate people to reduce confusion about recycling from all ages, including school children right thru to Nan and Pop at home.

“Part of the reason people get confused is because of the variety of symbols on packs,” said Ryan Collins, Recycling Programs Manager at Planet Ark. “Our new Australian Recycling Label starting to feature on products should help reduce confusion.”

Recycle the correct plastic bottle


Planet Ark Recycle Water Bottle© Jess McCallum 2012



 While most people have recycling bins in the kitchen, Planet Ark research found that only 18% of Australian households have recycling bins in the bathroom. Just like kitchens, there are many products in the bathroom that can be recycled, including aerosol cans, shampoo and conditioner bottles, soap packets and cardboard toilet paper rolls.

National Recycling Week Golden Rules are (see below):

The Golden Rules are:

  • Stay Loose: Recycling goes into the bin loose – never in a plastic bag, and keep other soft plastic out too.
  • Easy does it: Simple materials like paper, cardboard, glass jars and bottles, metal cans and aerosols, cartons and rigid plastics are easy to recycle and accepted in almost all kerbside collections.
  • Into the Garbage: Crockery, window and drink-ware glass, polystyrene, plastic bags, nappies and food are the big baddies in the recycling.
  • Keep It Clean-ish: Recycling does not need to be spotless – just scrape of solid food and give it a quick rinse.
  • Drop ‘Em Off: Kerbside systems cannot separate items like mobiles, computers, batteries and printer cartridges – find local drop off services.
  • If in doubt: Leave it out! Putting the wrong thing in the wrong bin can ruin your good recycling efforts.
  • Buy it Back: Look for recycled products, like Planet Ark Paper and Naturale Toilet Tissue to close the recycle cycle

A reminder used printer cartridges from participating brands can be dropped into a ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box at all Officeworks and participating Australia Post, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Office National and Office Products Depot outlets.

Toner cartridges recycle bin
© Planet Ark 2009

To find your nearest retail drop off location, visit RecyclingNearYou.com.au or call the Cartridges Hotline on 1800 24 24 73

Visit RecyclingWeek.PlanetArk.org website or call the National Recycling Hotline on 1300 733 712 for more information about any of Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week initiatives.

Source available: http://recyclingweek.planetark.org/


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