December 10, 2019
We know what you searched for last summer. But don’t fear, the only killer here is poor recycling habits! By looking at last year’s visits to RecyclingNearYou we’ve come up with a list of your top recycling questions of the holiday season. Now it’s time to answer them.
E-waste is by far the fastest growing waste stream in Australia, encouraged by our consumption behaviours and the technological revolution we find ourselves in. These products contain materials such as gold, nickel and copper, which are not only valuable but also potentially hazardous in landfill.
Luckily, there are free and reputable schemes in Australia available to the public for many of these products.
As the bevvies go down over the holiday season the number of bottles, cans and other drinking containers goes way up. With waste becoming a bigger and bigger problem, container deposit schemes (CDS) provide a method to reduce litter and recycle more while benefitting from the refund. This financial incentive leads to cleaner beaches, waterways, parks and streets, and means fewer recyclable materials are sent to landfill. This is especially relevant over the holiday period when we love to get out and about in nature, whether it be on the beach, at the local park or in the bush.
Over the holiday period when people are both more likely to make new clothing purchases and undertake home clean ups, the number of textiles going to landfill increases dramatically. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some holiday hacks for getting those items reused or recycled:
Reducing the risk of fires in waste and recycling facilities is more important than ever with the current fire season. Rechargeable batteries and lithium ion batteries are particularly hazardous and could spark a fire in trucks or recycling facilities. This includes batteries used in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras. No battery should ever be put in the recycling bin or in your waste bin. Here are some alternative disposal methods that will ensure your batteries are recycled safely:
Christmas cards made primarily from cardboard and gift wrapping made from paper, are both recyclable in your council kerbside recycling bin as long they are not covered with other items like tinsel or plastic. It’s important to recycle cardboard and paper cards because if they break down in landfill, they create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Some ideas for reducing Christmas paper and cardboard waste include:
Whitegoods such as fridges, microwave ovens, washing machines and dishwashers contain metals that are easily recycled and other components that may be of value. Recycling prevents hazardous substances contained in whitegoods like flame-retardants or heavy metals from entering the environment. Here are some options if you’re replacing whitegoods over the holidays or at anytime:
Liam is Planet Ark's Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia.