Everybody knows about recycling, but it seems like fewer people really know the ins and outs of how to do it in detail. With climate change on the rise, however, it seems like now is a more important time than ever to try and bring down our carbon footprint and recycle as much as we can to keep our planet as healthy as possible.
So, let’s get to it!
First off, let’s cover the basics here. In Australia, most home recyclables can essentially be broken down into one of two categories:
Paper and Cardboard:
Items you can recycle that are paper and cardboard usually take the form of one of these listed below:
As a side note, in case the above seems confusing, most items made of certain plastics aluminium, steel and glass can all still be recycled, so don’t immediately go for the waste bin with these items.
This is also a pretty good segway towards another neat little list we have on stuff that can’t actually be recycled:
Most of those should honestly be pretty obvious. But we won’t judge if you were taken by surprise by at least one.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “what about stuff like plastic bags? How do I recycle those? CAN I recycle those?” – Well, there is a pretty basic solution to that.
Most grocery stores actually will take back plastic bags for recycling purposes, so you can, more often than not, simply hand them over on your next groceries trip.
For the most part, there are actually a massive number of specialist recycling programs that you can take advantage of that handle everything from soft plastics, tubes and everything in between.