You’ve watched War On Waste, you’ve read the news and now you are ready to make your contribution to helping our society move towards Zero Waste.  An easy way to get started is by recycling.  We’ve helped you get started by comping information from the council, local recycling depots and our own personal experience to help you get your recycling sorted by looking at the three main recyclables: paper and cardboard, glass and plastic.

 

CARDBOARD RECYCLING

Paper and cardboard can easily be recycled.  Simply place it into your kerbside recycling and the council will do the rest.

What happens to you cardboard after that?

As a tree based product cardboard can be recycled up to eight times.  This also applies to other paper based products; office paper, cartons, boxes and toilet rolls.

The process of recycling paper and cardboard has a softer impact on the earth than original manufacturing using up to 90% less water and 50% less energy.

When paper or cardboard is placed into landfill it releases methane as it breaks down.  Methane is one of the main contributors to greenhouse gases.

Recycling cardboard and paper in your home:

If you haven’t already, set yourself up with a recycling bin in your house.

All cardboard and paper products can go into your kerbside recycling bin.  With big boxes and bulky items, cut them down first then place into the bin.

Are you moving house or got a lot of cardboard and paper to get rid of?

You can take your cardboard waste in person to the transfer stations or organise a one off collection service.

recycling paper and cardboard

These tips can also help you reduce the amount of paper in your house.

  1. Move towards a paperless office. If you can’t go electronic, make sure you always use both sides off office paper.  Keep a pile of it to use a scrap paper, this means you can cut down on the use of pads and notebooks.
  2. Use newspaper or cardboard packaging to line the bottom of your bin.  This means you won’t have to use a plastic bin liner and the ‘bin juice’ is soaked up by the paper, which you most likely will be then able to compost.
  3. Got a garden?  Newspapers and cardboard create a fantastic weed mat that will naturally break down over time.

It’s possible to give your paper and cardboards a second life before it goes into the recycling system. There are a lot of amazing craft ideas and up-cycle projects, how about these upcycling projects for kids at home.

READ MORE ABOUT HOME RECYCLING:

Where to recycle paper, cardboard and phone books in and around Launceston:

http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/paper-cardboard/LauncestonTAS

Where to recycle paper, cardboard and phone books in and around Hobart:

http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/paper-cardboard/HobartTAS

What goes in your bins in Melbourne:

https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/residents/waste-recycling/Pages/what-goes-in-your-bins.aspx

Recycling for businesses:

http://businessrecycling.com.au/

 

JARS & GLASS RECYCLING

Glass jars and bottles are easily recycled using kerbside recycling.  Simply remove the lid of the jar or bottle, rinse and place into your recycling bin.  There is no need to remove labels.

Unfortunately thicker glass like drinking glass, windows or Pyrex cannot be recycled.  If this glass is not broken take it into your local charity shop, or list on gumtree for someone else to enjoy.

Broken glass should be placed wrapped in the garbage bin to protect those handling the rubbish.

recycling glass

How is glass recycled?

There is no limit to how many times glass can be recycled.  It is essential however that thicker glass (like drinking glasses and oven proof dishes) are not placed into glass recycling, as a small amount of this (even just five grams) means that a tonne of glass is contaminated and cannot be recycled, ultimately ending up in landfill.

Yes vs. No:

Yes:

  • Glass bottles: clear, green, brown.  This includes: wine, beer, juice, soft drink and sauce bottles.
  • Glass jars

No:

  • Ceramics or china
  • Light globes
  • Mirrors or windows
  • Medical glass
  • Drinking glasses
  • Oven proof glass or pyrex

Other uses for your glass:

  1. Keep jars to store baking supplies, nuts, seeds and flours.  Take jars to bulk food shops and buy food package free. This way, you avoid taking home single use (and avoid recycling!).
  2. Get crafty or up-cycle your jars or bottles into beautiful household items.
  3. Store your lunch or breakfast in a jar for an on the go fix.

 

READ MORE ABOUT GLASS RECYCLING:

What are the benefits of recycling glass?

https://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua-glass-fact-sheet.pdf

Where to recycle glass in and around Hobart:

http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/glass-bottles-jars/HobartTAS

Where to recycle glass in and around Launceston:

http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/glass-bottles-jars/LauncestonTAS

What goes in your bins in Melbourne:

https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/residents/waste-recycling/Pages/what-goes-in-your-bins.aspx

 

SOFT & HARD PLASTIC RECYCLING

Plastic bottles can be recycled in your kerbside recycling, while the soft plastics; like bags and packaging cannot.

Plastic bags should be stockpiled, then placed in bag specific recycling bins at your local supermarket.  You can find your local drop of bin here: http://www.redcycle.net.au/where-to-redcycle/

Red cycle can recycle any plastic that can be scrunched into a ball.  This includes plastic bags, food packaging and other soft plastics.

recycling soft plastics

What are the benefits of recycling plastic?

The majority of plastic is not biodegradable.  This means that it will be on our planet long after we are gone.  Plastic can easily end up in waterways, oceans and landfill creating problems and havoc in all areas.

80% of the rubbish in our oceans is plastic.  Often mistaken as food by sea and marine life it can cause injury and death.

Tips to reduce the plastic in your house going to landfill:

  1. Where you can, avoid purchasing plastics.  Shop at bulk food stores and use reusable shopping bags, produce bags and jars to collect your food package free, or purchase items in paper or glass instead.
  2. When it cannot be avoided, place your soft plastics into a bag or box in you home and take them to a soft plastic recycling bin.
  3. Place plastic bottles into the recycling.  This is a guide to plastic recycling and the Plastic Identification Code:

https://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua_plastic_recycling_fact_sheet.pdf

If you have been watching War on Waste like we have, you’d know that Tasmania is far behind on collection stations to process plastic and glass bottles.

You can contact the Tasmanian Government here and let them know you would like Tasmania to take more of a step in recycling plastic and glass by setting up a collection system like that of South Australia.

 

RESOURCES:

https://www.launceston.tas.gov.au/Natural-Environment-and-Waste/Kerbside-Collection

https://www.launceston.tas.gov.au/News-Media/Online-registrations-now-open-for-FOGO-collection-service

https://www.launceston.tas.gov.au/News-Media/What-happens-to-your-kerbside-recycling

http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/council/LauncestonTAS

http://rethinkwaste.com.au/

https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Residents/Recycling-and-rubbish

http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/plastic/HobartTAS

http://www.tasconservation.org.au/tas-conservationist/2017/5/5/3zf9lmbiwm0t79xa4w67d40nll638m

http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/paper-cardboard/LauncestonTAS

https://www.cleanup.org.au/PDF/au/cua-glass-fact-sheet.pdf

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/residents/waste-recycling/Pages/waste-recycling.aspx

 

DOWNLOAD THE A-Z GUIDE TO RECYCLING AND WASTE.

https://www.launceston.tas.gov.au/files/assets/public/waste/a-z_kerbside_recycling_index_for_rethinkwaste.pdf