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Join the green side for National Recycling Week

Published: 9 November 2020

Residents are encouraged to show they care and do their share for National Recycling Week.

Now in its 25th year, Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week educates the community and inspires behaviour change through promoting recycling initiatives and busting myths about what can and can’t be recycled.  

The theme for this year’s National Recycling Week, which is on from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November, is “Recovery - A future beyond the bin”. 

Recycling and reducing our waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill - it also benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our need for new materials.  

This year we are asking our communities to brush up on their recycling knowledge to reduce contamination in recycling bins. Contamination can lead to your recycling bin contents being sent to landfill.  

Top five contaminants in recycling bins in Cardinia Shire
What to do with the contaminants
Bagged recycling Items should be loose, not bagged
Soft plastics Put them in the REDcycle bin at your local supermarket
Household rubbish Kerbside rubbish (landfill bin). Details on individual items can be found at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/atozwasteguide
Clothing and textiles Sell or donate if in good condition. If damaged, recycle at clothing retailers H&M and Zara. Some op-shops will accept damaged clothing for rags, always ask first. Local mechanics and painters may be able to use them for rags.
Food and garden waste Compost bin, worm farm or kerbside green waste bin

For more information, visit www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/recycling or call the Customer Service team on 1300 787 624. 

A – Z waste guide 

Learn what bin to put it in with our A – Z waste guide. The guide features a list of common household and garden items, and how you can recycle or safely dispose of them. For more details, visit  www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/atozwasteguide