While it is important that we try to recycle as much waste as we can, it is just as important to know which product should go into the trash.
If you have been throwing cardboard pizza boxes, gum packs, and shopping coupons into yellow-colored garbage bins throughout Australia for a long time, you could reconsider this.
Only office paper, glass bottles, jars, milk cartons and plastic bottles – without their lids – can be thrown in the recycling, with everything else destined for landfill.
How many of these do you put in the wrong bin?
Although it is important that we try to recycle as much of our waste as we can, it is just as important to know which product should go into that bin
1. Chip packages
Any kind of soft plastic packaging – including household foil – cannot be recycled.
Even the packaging of your mixed salad in the supermarket should not be thrown away in the yellow container.
In general, this story of packaging must be avoided, because it takes thousands of years before it falls into the environment.
Instead, try buying your products and snacks at Wholefoods stores and place them in reusable packaging such as beeswax.
2. Gum Developers
Everything that is smaller than a post-it note or the palm of your hand cannot be sorted in a recycling plant.
This means that things like wrapped gums or small pieces of paper don't make the cut.
Instead, try to clump everything into a large ball before throwing it away.
Something smaller than a post-it note or the palm of your hand cannot be sorted in a recycling plant (photo)
3. Brightly colored paper
The colors on orange, green and pink dyed paper end up in other recycled paper when it is all processed together, and most paper mills do not accept them.
Usually this type of paper is associated with crafting, but it is actually more environmentally friendly to have your children craft on white paper.
Wet paper should also not be recycled because the fibers are too thin, making them less valuable in the recycling process.
The colors on orange, green and pink dyed paper end up in other recycled paper when it is all processed together, and most paper mills do not accept them
4. Pizza boxes
Many of us believe that because cardboard is recyclable, it is very reasonable to throw our pizza boxes in the same bin.
However, containers contaminated by food cannot be recycled due to the remaining greasiness.
Scrape off the remaining ingredients in the bin and throw the excess packaging into the regular waste.
Many of us believe that because cardboard is recyclable, it is very reasonable to throw our pizza boxes in the same bin
5. Vouchers for shopping
They may look like paper, but the waxy coating on most receipts prevents it from being recycled.
It is a thermal material made from chemicals that do not work well with the recycling machines.
The best course of action is to remember that smoothness and shine usually mean that you should throw it in the trash can.
Decorative gift wrap and cards work in much the same way.
6. Clothes hangers
Pendants are not made of predominantly plastic or metal, which means that they do not fall into a category for recycling.
Instead, they can be better used at a local thrift store or at the dry cleaner, rather than just being thrown away.
They can also be used as wall decoration or a craft project.
Pendants are not made of predominantly plastic or metal, which means that they do not fall into a category for recycling
7. Bubble wrap film
Although it might be fun to pop and play as a child, bubble wrap is the worst nightmare at the recycling plant.
It gets entangled in the machines and can both damage the machines and endanger the technicians.
Alternatives include cloth, instead of bubbles, or reuse when shipping other containers.
The best way to recycle your clothes is to take them to a thrift store and trade them in.
They will also block machines in the factory and will not end up in a charity shop.
One of the worst mistakes is packing the material in a plastic bag, further contaminating the recycling process.
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