“Recycling turns things into other things… which is like MAGIC!”
Do you ever get confused about what can and can’t be recycled? Can you mix paper/ cardboard and glass? Do tins need to be washed clean and where do you recycle things like xrays, mobile phones, computers and car batteries?
Most local councils provide you with a fortnightly recycling service; this is a great way to do your bit each and every week to make sure our communities are recycling as much as possible and reducing the quantity of rubbish that ends up in landfill. Have you ever taken the time to check out the lid of your local council recycling bin? They have these nifty images which shows you exactly what can and can’t be recycled in there. But the good news is that even if your item doesn’t appear on the lid of your recycling bin, there are still plenty of places you can recycle other items.
My go-to website for all things recycling is Recycling Near You. Their comprehensive site gives you advice, drop off locations and a list of items which are recyclable.
Mobile Muster – when you get your next mobile, instead of keeping the old one ‘just in case’ send it off to Mobile Muster where they promise that your phone will be completely recycled and nothing will end up in landfill.
Another business helping us recycle are Cartridges for Planet Ark who will take your old printer cartridges and make sure they’re recycled rather than ending up in landfill. You can check out their collection partners, I find Australia Post the easiest as they are in almost every suburb… so there’s no excuse to just chuck a cartridge in the general garbage.
Ever purchased a piece of furniture from Ikea then not known what to do with all the cardboard packaging? A lot of municipalities have cardboard drop off stations where you can take bulk paper goods to recycle for free. Also, another reason I love Ikea so much is that if you can’t fit your packaging into your domestic recycling bin, you can return all packaging to one of their stores and they’ll recycling it for you. This also goes for old globes (including long fluro globes) and batteries; just take them to Ikea and pop them in the recycling bins and they’ll do the rest. Oh… and if you purchase a mattress from Ikea they’ll also take your old one away (for $30) and make sure it’s recycled too – this is awesome because even the local council hard rubbish don’t accept mattresses… $30 to have it taken away and recycled? That’s money well spent!
Enjoy the Freedom!