Establishing a “Yes” and “No” list helps to ensure more of our household waste is recycled, and it’s important, because placing the wrong items in your yellow recycling bin has the potential to contaminate a whole truckload (or even more) of items that could have otherwise been recycled.
Here are the top five things to avoid placing in your kerbside recycling bin:
Items in Bags Place items in your yellow bin loose – the sorting machines can’t do their job otherwise.
Nappies One of the biggest contaminants in WA’s household recycling bins. Always place nappies in the general waste (red) bin. Only the cardboard box they come in can be recycled.
Items with Stuff still in them ‘Empty and clean‘ is the mantra when it comes to good recycling. Wash out remnants of food or soaps before you put the empty container in the recycling.
Plastic lids Sounds counter intuitive, but those small plastic lids and bottle tops can wreak havoc with sorting machines. Larger lids yoghurt pots can still go in the yellow bin.
Soft plastics Anything that is scrunchable – food packaging, plastic wrap and bags – are recyclable, but not via your kerbside yellow top bin. Collect these up and drop them off at your local supermarket in the specially marked collection bins.