Too many recyclables still going to waste

A RECENT study on recycling in south-west Victoria has found the region could do better when it comes to throwing away recyclables. 

Audits in the area reveal nearly 20 per cent of household items thrown away in general rubbish could be recycled and 15 per cent of items in recycling bins should have been placed in general rubbish. 

The results have prompted the Waste Reduction Group and its member councils to roll out the ‘Get It Right On Bin Night’ campaign. 

Group chairman Chris O’Connor said the campaign would focus on encouraging residents to check what can be recycled from every room in their home.

“We can recycle a variety of material and the more we do, the less goes to landfill,” Cr O’Connor said. 

“By simply making it a habit to look for recyclables in all rooms of the home we can make significant changes to our recycling figures and the environment. 

“Shampoo bottles and aerosol cans from the bathroom and detergent and cleaning product bottles from the laundry are just some of the items that people can recycle.”

The campaign also aims to raise awareness about the importance of keeping recyclables out of plastic bags, which could result in them ending up in landfill instead of being recycled. 

A leaflet will be distributed in major towns listing recyclable items. Information is also available at www.getitrightbinnight.vic.gov.au

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