TO bin or recycle? It’s question that crosses most of our minds each day but now, if you use the right bin, you could be doing more than helping the environment, and win yourself some cash.
While we have generally adopted recycling as part of our daily lives effectively, most people are making at least one mistake when they put their bins out.
A recent survey by District Council of Mallala found 67 per cent of recycling bins presented contained some kind of contamination.
So council has now introduced a ‘Recycle Right’ jackpot for those recycling correctly.
Council Waste Management Officer, Noel Bubner, said the key to recycling is to do it effectively.
“Using your kerbside bins is a great way to save resources, water and energy but the key to its success is making sure we use the correct bin,” he said.
During the jackpot, each fortnight a randomly-selected household bin that contains no contamination will win.
“Everyone’s efforts will make recycling safer, more efficient and effective but there is also a chance to win through the online casino Recycle Right jackpot,” Mr Bubner explained.
Understanding which items can be recycled at the kerbside is the initial step in establishing successful recycling habits that not only help the environment, but also promote further advancements in the recycling industry.
“Unfortunately, we don’t always put the right thing in the right bin,” Mr Bubner said.
“Currently in the District Council of Mallala we are diverting around 40 per cent of our waste from landfill and into recycling and composting but we can do better.
“This starts by improving our recycling services, so Council is implementing the Recycle Right campaign.” Regional Waste Management Coordinator for the Central Local Government Region of SA, Vanessa Loechel, said it would provide selected households involved each fortnight with feedback in the form of bin tags.
“The tags have been designed to let residents know what they are doing well and if there is anything they can do to Recycle Right more,” she said.
“The tag will either thank residents who are recycling right or ask ‘one small favour’ with a tip relating to removing the contaminants most prevalent in their recycling bin.”
Zero Waste SA added similar trials in a metropolitan council resulted in a reduction in the number of contaminated bins by up to 66 per cent and increased recycling by as much as 43 per cent.
A key barrier is to always put your recyclables loosely in the bin. Items in plastic bags end up being sent to landfill as the bags clog most recycling machines and are also unable to be recycled.
Another tip is to have a bin in the bathroom.
Planet Ark reported only 18 per cent of people have a recycling bin in the bathroom, which means packaging like shampoo bottles, toilet rolls and aerosols are unnecessarily sent to landfill.