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Published on 03 December 2018

Recycle right — don’t put recycling in plastic bags

From 1 January 2019, the processing facility that Council uses will start charging much higher rates for contamination in our recycling bins.

From 1 January 2019, the processing facility that Council uses will start charging much higher rates for contamination in our recycling bins.

In Glen Eira, plastic bags and bagged garbage are the main contaminants found in the recycling bin.

Glen Eira Mayor Cr Jamie Hyams said a recent audit of Glen Eira recycling bins has revealed a 15 per cent contamination rate.

“This is much higher than the state-wide average of 5.6 per cent,” he said.

“Recycle right — do not put your recycling in plastic bags.

“If you bag it, your recycling won’t be able to be recycled and it will be sent to landfill and Council will be charged additional costs.”

Council’s top tips for recycling correctly:

  • Your recyclables need to be nude — don’t put your recycling in plastic bags.
  • Paper, cardboard, empty glass and plastic bottles, pizza boxes, jars, containers, cans and hard plastic can all be recycled.
  • Recycle soft plastics at a nearby Coles or Woolworths supermarket.
  • Clothes, electronic waste and polystyrene can’t be recycled in your yellow bin.

For further information, visit www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/recycling-az

Media Release — Recycle right — don’t put recycling in plastic bags

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