Why Waste It? We are Still Recycling it!
You may have seen a range of articles concerning the China Sword Waste Policy and the impact it is having on the global recycling market in the media recently. Many of our residents are still wondering whether it is still worth recycling. The answer is YES!
It is important to know that recycling is still environmentally beneficial and the City of Mitcham is committed to investigating short, medium and long term solutions by working closely with East Waste, the waste industry and State/Federal governments towards ensuring more sustainable, financial viable long term outcomes.
Recycling is important and is a vital part of our continued existence on a planet with an increasing population and finite resources. Recycling also ensure that recyclates are at their highest and best use for as long as possible and this is essential to ensure Australia’s long-term sustainability and reduces reliance on the use of raw materials.
You play a very important role by placing the right materials in the right bin and keeping items that can’t be recycled out. Please continue to recycle through your yellow-lidded recycling bin:
- Paper and cardboard
- Plastic (rigid)
You will be playing your part to improve the quality of recycled materials. It is also very important that we refocus our efforts in avoiding, reducing, and re-using waste in the first place, to lessen our reliance on recycling.
Please do not place in your recycling bin:
- Plastic bags/recycling in bags
- Electronic waste
- Garden (organic) material
- Clothing/ fabric
- General waste
- Bricks and building materials
- Shredded paper
- Wire, strapping and hoses
If recycling materials are too contaminated it may be too difficult to sort and end up being wasted in landfill. The cost for doing so is ultimately passed onto our residents through rates.
We will continue to work closely with East Waste, Industry and Government to ensure that recycling continues as an essential service, and assist in working toward new models that provide more sustainable long-term outcomes.
Kerbside Waste and Recycling Bin Audit
The City of Mitcham in partnership with Rawtec and East Waste is evaluating community use of the kerbside waste and recycling bins (three bin system). A bin materials audit will be conducted in the next few weeks. The aim is to analyse the generation and management of waste, recycling and green organics across the Council and measure our performance against our 2015 results and other South Australian Councils.
The audit will look at what recyclable and compostable materials are being placed into the waste bin and if there are incorrect items being placed into the recycling and green organics bins.
We will survey 100 randomly selected properties. Please be assured the survey does not identify individual households as the bin contents from the 100 properties are mixed up together before being analysed. No data can be attributed to any individual property.
The results will identify how we can help our community to reduce waste going to landfill and ensure our recycling and green organics bins are free from contamination. Our results will be published on our webpage and in a future edition of Mitcham Community News.
Please contact our Waste Management Officers on 8372 8809 if you have any questions about the kerbside waste and recycling bin audit.
Waste and Recycling Strategy
We can no longer rely on sending all our waste to landfill, especially when there are a lot of valuable materials that can be reused and recycled. As individuals and as a community we need to be more responsible of our consumption of materials and how we dispose of them. After all, waste generation and disposal has significant environmental, economic and social impacts.
In response, the City of Mitcham has developed a Waste Management Strategy to demonstrate its commitment to reducing waste to landfill, increasing resource recovery and increasing community knowledge of responsible waste management.
BYO Coffee Cups
Join the war on waste and BYO a Coffee Cup to reduce your waste footprint by ditching the takeaway cup for a reusable cup. Local cafes are signing up to the Responsible Cafes initiative and offering a discount if you BYO coffee cup! Visit http://www.responsiblecafes.org/ for a list of local cafes.
Terracycle Recycling Programs
Terracycle has programs available to help recycle the 'non-recycable whether you are an individual, retailer, small business or a large organisation. Some of the recycling programs target beauty products, coffee capsules, mailing satchels and even toothpaste containers. For more information on Terracycle's recycling programs please visit their website: http://www.terracycle.com.au/en-AU.
Why Waste It? Education Program
The ‘Why Waste It?’ education program being delivered in partnership with East Waste aims to raise awareness in our community of a better alternative to ‘wasting it’ by avoiding, reducing, reusing, recycling and composting your waste and unwanted materials.
A new website site https://www.whichbin.sa.gov.au/ is now live and is a great source of information on diverting waste and unwanted materials from landfill. There is a comprehensive A-Z guide listing over 400 common household items to help identify which items go in ‘which bin’ and which items can be reused and recycled.
There are also educational resources available to download including flyers, posters and a printable listing of the A-Z guide.
Continue to watch this space as we encourage the community to think ‘Why Waste It?’
For more information on the Why Waste It education program please contact Council's Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888.
The Council is committed to community education and awareness on waste management. The Waste Management Officer can provide presentations on waste minimisation and resource recovery to residents, community groups, schools and organisations. Presentations can be tailored to the needs of the group.
If you would like to book a waste education presentation, please contact the Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact the Waste Management Officer on 8372 8888 for more information on waste and recycling.