September 22, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
In South Australia, we have a yellow bin for recycle, a green bin for organics or compost and a red bin for general waste that ends up in the landfill.
While this is indeed a global issue, Watch Your Waste Line was provided by The Adelaide City Council in partnership with KESAB environmental solutions.(South Australia’s “leading not-for-profit” – Keep South Australia Beautiful)
There is so much to learn worldwide about ways to re-use, recycle especially food scraps, recycling LPB (Liquid Paper Board) cartons such as milk or juice, glass, paper & cardboard, metal, plastic, hazardous materials and a BIG topic at the moment e-waste.
“What is e-waste?”, I “hear” you say?
Ah, so I have peaked your interest in watching you waste line, eh?
E-waste is short for electronic waste.
“Televisions, computers and other e-waste contain non-renewable resources such as
tin, nickel, zinc aluminium and copper, as well as hazardous materials such as lead and mercury. Sending these products to landfill means the resources they contain are potentially lost and there is a risk that the hazardous substances may be released into the environment.”
Thank you to Megan from KESAB for increasing awareness about “sending waste to landfills” when it can be recycled.
Did you know 99% of the components that make up a PC (personal computer) can be recycled too?
By recycling and not sending e-waste to landfills, people can avoid heavy metals, serious chemicals and toxins from polluting the environment for future generations!
Hands up, who has a clue, who knows what their local South Australian councils allow or not allow to do?
If there is any doubt, all councils and recycling information can easily be accessed conveniently online or your local council is only a phone call away!
Megan explained since CDL (Container Deposit Legislation) in South Australian was introduced in 1977 to “reduce litter” and “promote resource recovery,” it (the legislation) has proven very successful.
To engage my viewers overseas today, since 2008, South Australians are encouraged to recycle.
The scheme “allows South Australians to collect a deposit for each beverage container they return to a recycling depot” (the deposit = 10 cents)
Did you know 90% of waste is from packaging?
Did you know 1 milk carton = 5 sheets of white paper? I do now!
I honestly thought I was cluey when it came to recycling and minimizing waste (especially food waste), but I found I had and still have A LOT to learn!
If my post today can help just one person, one family, one community, than it would give me great pleasure indirectly.
I will highlight areas that “surprised” me!
1) Recycling is NOT numbered – I “thought” the triangular symbols from 1 -7 meant the item was recyclable!
I NOW know the plastics identification code is used by manufacturers to label the “type” of plastic.
Plastics that “hold their shape” (i.e. milk bottles and soft drinks) can be recycled. (Yellow bin)
Soft plastics and bags can be recycled at Coles Supermarkets or placed in your own waste bin. (Red bin)
2) Not ALL glass can go in the recycling bin!
While glass bottles and jars can be recycled, broken glass and oven-proof glass like Pyrex go in the waste bin. (Red bin)
3) Children’s toys cannot be recycled due to being toxic!
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a plastic chemical that is added to children’s toys; Phthalates are also added to soften a plastic and or for fragrance. Both have toxic effects in landfills and for the environment.
4) Used light globes (bulbs) contain mercury that may harm the environment!
South Australians can drop off their used light globes at any Banner Hardware, Mitre 10 or True Value Hardware stores; look for this banner:
The range includes but is not limited to:
IKEA takes back only their own brand.
Did you know you can bring back packaging from household goods purchased from retailers and they are “obliged” to do?
i.e. Harvey Norman and The Good Guys to name a few.
Not only is it a “good business” practice, but rebates as incentives to recycle more are offered by recycling plants and companies too!
While (as you may know by now), I am not genuinely into stats, some stats speak for themselves!
Did you know that 75% of waste in kerbside collections CAN be recycled?
Now to my favorite topic to share…FOOD!
If you live in a “participating council” like the Adelaide City Council, they may be provided (as a resident of that council) a bench-top container to collect your food scraps which then can be emptied into your green/garden organic bin.
Sadly, my council is not currently a participating one!
What can YOU do to Watch YOUR Waste Line?
Megan suggestion to also check out FoodWise with its Partners & Contributors.
I KNOW this is A LOT for you to take in at one time too!
I would LOVE hearing your comments worldwide on this global issue of recycling and minimizing food wastage!
Is there something in today’s post that also took you by surprise today?
You KNOW by now comments also MAKE MY DAY!
Just curious…do YOU know WHAT to do with used batteries?