I recently attended a waste and recycling course (Earth Carers), run by the East Metropolitan Region Council (EMRC). The EMRC handles the waste and recycling for several shires, including the City of Swan. As part of the course, we were lucky enough to have a tour of the plant that handles the recycling. It was impressive to see how it worked. But even more impressive was the volume of stuff that comes through!
It was also surprising to see that people are still an integral part of the sorting process, with 20 workers per a shift. So to make it easier and safer for them, as well as improving recycling, here’s a few tips I picked up:
1) Don’t put plastic bags in the recycling bin.
Anything in closed plastic bags will be thrown out. Plus loose plastic bags can clog the machinery. If you want to recycle them, store them up and take them to the Coles or Woolworths recycling bins. Of course, it’s best not to use them in the first place 😉
2) Never put engine oil in the recycling bin
It contaminates everything around it! You can drop off waste oil to Red Hill tip
3) Take the lids off all plastic bottles and containers.
Some can be recycled, but it’s currently best to not put them in the recycling. If the lids are on, it also makes it harder for them to compact the bottles and often means fluids will still be present and will leak everywhere.
These are just the top tips to help the people at the recycling plant. Please post your tips to reduce, reuse and recycling!
Hopefully we can organise a tour of the plant for TTG in the near future. Please email us if you’d be interested in coming along…..