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Ten handy recycling tips we bet you didn’t know courtesy of Way to Waste.

September 17, 2019

I think we all know that feeling of standing in front of the different bins, hovering your waste item over the recycling bin then the landfill then back to recycling like you’ll feel some sort of magnetic pull towards the right one. In the end it gets a bit awkward to stand there any longer and you just drop it in to one of them and hope you made the right choice.

Even with the best intentions we get recycling wrong. Here are our handy tips to help you out when you’re just trying to do the right thing:

  1. Ice cream wrappers

Enjoy that cheeky treat with a little less guilt! Just make sure to eat it alllll up (I mean, it’s ice-cream right?!) before dropping off the empty wrapper at the RedCycle flexible plastics collection point in your local Woolworths. You’re welcome.

  1. Pizza boxes

Well duhh, you might be thinking….but did you know that these are not able to be recycled if they are coated in greasy oil, melted cheese globs and pesky crusts? Remove the lid from the base (in one super satisfying tear) and pop the clean lid in your kerbside recycle bin but the greasy base in the landfill bin.


  1. Bubble wrap

You’ve had a fabulous day out shopping, made a few truly excellent purchases and now you’re sitting back having fun popping as many of those bubbles as you can….or maybe you’re just putting those feet up in a bubble bath with a glass of bubbles. Either way drop this stuff off with your RedCycle flexible plastics for recycling.

  1. Aerosol cans

These things are made of steel and aluminium, both of which can be recycled endlessly! About 90% of people in Australia live in council areas that recycle aerosols but unfortunately most of these cans end up in landfill. So next time you finish your deodorant or hairspray, pop it in your kerbside recycling bin instead.

  1. Chip packets

Yep, they might not look it but these thin foil-like silver lined packets can be recycled along with your flexible plastics through RedCycle. Chip-chip-hooray!

  1. Coffee cup lids (but not the cup!)

So, you forgot your reusable cup and needed to get your daily caffeine hit in a disposable – it’s ok! Happens to the best of us. Just remember to drop your coffee cup lid in the recycle bin and the cup in a landfill bin. “But it’s paper!” you say? Unfortunately, disposable cups are lined with a thin layer of plastic to make them waterproof which is not able to be separated from the paper during the recycling process.

  1. Squeeze pouches (yoghurt/baby food)

Who knew?? These tricky little pouches can be recycled with your flexible plastics through RedCycle. BUT! The lid must be screwed on to avoid any leakages.

  1. Cosmetic and oral hygiene tubes

You might need to go further than your own nature strip for this one, but is it worth it? Absolutely. Bathroom products are notorious for ending up in landfill. Luckily for us, the team from TerraCycle set up a program to help save these guys from an eternity in a pile of waste. Check out online for collection points near you or become a collector for your neighbourhood.

  1. Aluminium foil

This is one of the most recyclable man-made resources out there. It’s truly amazing stuff. To recycle, scrunch into a ball (ideally about the size of a golf ball) and pop in your kerbside recycle bin.

  1. Plastic zip lock bags

Those handy zip lock bags that keep your avocado fresh (for at least 30 seconds before it overripens), your frozen banana pieces, your mobile phone dry and sand-free on a beach day.. recycle these with your flexible plastics at your local Woolworths.

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