The number 1 mistake people can make is putting household recycling in a plastic bag and throwing it in the recycling bin.
If this does happen, the bag, along with it's contents (recyclable items) will be sent to landfill.
Please also make sure you don't put anything GROSS (eg dirty nappies, yes that's right, this is a problem...how DISGUSTING!!) in your recycling bin. Part of the recycling process is sorted by hand - so it is important to keep it as clean as we can. This is why items in plastic bags are not recycled, as it's not safe to open them. The recycling process is interesting, please click on the video below to learn more.
MORE ON HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING
Every Council accepts different items in the recycle bin. Learn more and search your local Council click on the below links:
Recycling can be confusing - especially as it can vary depending on where you live!
So our friends at Cleanaway have designed this poster that is relevant across Australia.
MORE WAYS TO RECYCLE
Redcycle recycle soft pastic, things like the outer plastic on toilet paper, bread bacs, soft plastic wrapping on packet on tim tams (the inside part of tim tams can go in your household recycling.
Recycling your soft plastic at home can cut down the waste sent to landfill quite a lot. Redcycle stations are at many Coles and Woolworths stores.
The RSPCA and local vets are often in need of old towels and sheets to help keep animals warm and comfortable.
OLD SHEETS AND TOWELS
How to recycle properly at home, school and your work place.
What happens with items after they're picked up by the recycling truck?