Please Do the right thing with your Yellow Bin
♻️ Our Eurobodalla recycling is processed here in Australia and is not impacted by China’s recent announcements of strict requirements on recycling contamination levels. Eurobodalla’s recycling is processed in Australia and is currently unaffected by China’s announcement it will no longer accept paper and plastics with more than 0.5 per cent contamination.Recycling collected from the shire’s household yellow-lid bins is processed at a materials recovery facility in Shelley Road, Moruya, operated by Council’s contractor Suez. From there, clean mixed paper is recycled in Australia, while the plastic is pelletised and reused to make new products. Glass is crushed onsite into a sand product, which is used in Council’s operations as a replacement for sand. While Eurobodalla is unaffected for now, Council’s Planning and Sustainability Director Lindsay Usher called on residents to make an extra effort to keep their recycling clean and only put items that can be recycled into their yellow-lid bin. “Keeping our recycling clean and free of contamination going into the facility keeps the contamination percentages down in the outgoing material,” he said. “Most Australian recycling facilities operate with contamination figures between five and 10 per cent. We’ve always been great recyclers in Eurobodalla, but a recent audit showed a contamination rate of 12.7 per cent in our yellow-lid bins. “We’d like to see this improve. I’ll stop short of calling this a national recycling crisis, but it’s certainly a wake-up call for all of us to pay closer attention to what we put in our recycling bins.” Eurobodalla Council is urging locals to still give their recycling some thought and 'be a good sort', as competition between Aussie recycling facilities will only increase.
💁🏼♀️ So please, don't put this stuff in your yellow-lid bin: ❌ no food ❌ no soft plastics such as plastic bags, cling wrap and soft plastic packaging ❌ no light bulbs and glass from windows, mirrors, drinking glasses and crockery ❌ no vegetation ❌ no nappies 🤦🏼♀️ ❌ no paper towels, tissues, serviettes and shredded paper ❌ no clothes, pillows and blankets ❌ no lids smaller than a 50c coin ❌ no waxed cardboard and polystyrene.