Follow these quick tips for easy and effective recycling:
Tip 1: Recycle right
Recycle right and place all your paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans and foil (scrunched into large ball) and steel food cans in your recycling bin.
WHY? All of these materials are able to be sorted and processed through Visy MRFs and primarily be re-made back into sustainable packaging.
Tip 2: Do not put recyclables in plastic bags.
Only place loose recyclables in your bins. Never put your recyclables in a bag. Using a re-usable tub or basket to carry these items to your recycling bin is a good idea. If you have collected your recyclables in a bag, simply empty the contents of the bag directly into your household recycling bin and re-use the bag.
WHY? The sorting process at our recovery facilities, be it manual or automated, can’t see what’s inside a bag. Bagged recyclables are often removed from the recycling sorting line and can end up in landfill… which means all your great recycling work literally goes to waste.
Tip 3: Never place batteries or objects containing batteries in your household bins.
WHY? Batteries are dangerous and can cause fires. Even used batteries may have some charge left in them and can combust if damaged, start a spark and ignite materials within direct contact. Batteries contain toxic substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, lithium, manganese, nickel and zinc and can start fires in bins, collection trucks and recycling facilities posing a serious safety risk. Batteries are recyclable via specialist battery recycling services. You can find out more through your local council of find a battery recycling drop off location across Australia at B-Cycle.
Tip 4: Recycle your glass jars and glass bottles.
WHY? Glass jars and bottles are readily recyclable and able to be re-made back into new glass packaging. Other types of glass such as light globes, window glass, drinking glass or glass plates are not. These materials do not react the same way during processing and, if introduced into the re-manufacturing process, they can damage equipment and cause production problems leading to defective containers.
Tip 5: Recycle your pizza boxes.
As long as the pizza box is empty you can place these in your recycling bin. We don’t mind a little grease or a few crumbs - our recycling process will remove these.
WHY? Pizza boxes are a great source of recyclable material and Visy MRFs readily accept and recycle these, often making them into new pizza boxes.
Tip 6: Leave lids and labels on plastic bottles.
They can be another great source of recyclable plastics that we would hate to see go to landfill.
WHY? Our recycling process will remove lids and labels and ensure they are sent to the right plastic or paper stream for further processing.
Tip 7: Donate your old clothes and shoes.
These items do not belong in the recycling bin and cannot be recycled through the kerbside recycling process.
WHY? MRF operations can not cater for the recycling of textiles. Including textiles in your household recycling bin can cause significant impact to the other materials that can be recovered.
Tip 8: Garden waste belongs in your green waste bin.
Do not put lawn clippings or branches in the household recycling bin.
WHY? Garden and organic waste causes significant impact to the other materials that can be recovered through the recycling process.
Tip 9: Conserve water by not rinsing recycling.
Simply ensure you empty any food or liquid before you put items in the recycling bin.
WHY? Our recycling processes can remove small amounts of food left in jars and containers. Not rinsing your recycling is another way to reduce water wastage.
Tip 10: Take care not to put waste in your recycling bin.
Make a conscious effort to separate your recyclables and waste and place them in the correct bins.
WHY? We want to be able to recover as much recyclables as we can. If there is any rubbish or waste in your kerbside recycling bins we are unable to separate as much material for recycling and re-manufacturing.
Tip 11: Compost food scraps.
These can be used on your garden as fertiliser.
WHY? MRF operations can not cater for food scraps. These can significantly impact the other materials that can be recovered.
Tip 12: Recycle electronic waste responsibly.
Do not place these items in your household recycling bin. Enlist the services of electronic retailers who have recycling bins for discarded appliances such as mobile phones, cords and batteries.
WHY? Electronic goods cannot be processed at a MRF and can cause serious damage to equipment and also impact other materials that can be recovered.
Tip 13: Avoid placing waxed cartons, boxes or coffee cups into the recycling bin.
WHY? The wax or plastic lining added to these packaging products prevents any liquid from soaking through the packaging during use. This lining is unable to be separated from the paper through the standard MRF processes and can cause impact to other recovered materials.
Tip 14: Polystyrene foam packaging (also known as Expanded Polystyrene or EPS or Styrofoam), can not be recycled through your household recycling bins.
WHY? Because this plastic material does not breakdown in the same way as other recoverable materials through the recycling process and can cause significant contamination issues.
The good news is that this material can be recycled by specialist processors. Your local council is a great place to start or visit Expanded Polystyrene Australia EPS Recyclers - Expanded Polystyrene Australia (epsa.org.au) for recycling options in Australia or in New Zealand visit How to get rid of polystyrene (aucklandcouncil.govt.nz).
Just because you can’t put something in your household recycling bin doesn’t mean it is not recyclable.
Contact your council for more information on how to recycle items not accepted in the household recycling bin.