TAKE TO DROP-off points
There are specialists out there who recover items that cannot be put in the kerbside recycling bin. Things such as soft plastic bags, batteries, light bulbs, e-waste such as phones, TVs, computer equipment and broken electrical items, and hazardous wastes such as chemicals, boat flares, gas canisters and paint.
And TAKING things to these drop-off facilities is easier than we might think.
Household bins are only part of the waste solution, that’s why taking things to a designated drop-off point is a GREAT thing to do.
It’s easier than you might think, with the Newman Refuse Site accepting e-waste and Woolworths accepting soft plastics. There are some hazardous waste you just cannot bin for safety reasons, and you can simply take these to the Newman Refuse Site to be recycled or disposed of safely.
There is an appropriate place for everything, and WasteSorted households have great ways to sort waste materials that do not belong in kerbside collection bins. These include everyday items (such as plastic, light bulbs and batteries), household hazardous waste (such as chemicals, boat flares, gas canisters and paint) and e-waste (such as computer equipment, broken electrical items, phones and TVs).
People who are GREAT Sorts:
- Set up separate crates or boxes at home for these specialised waste collections
- Take soft plastics to REDcycle bins at the supermarket when doing a grocery run
- Take batteries, e-waste, chemicals and other household hazardous waste to special drop-off point at Newman Refuse Site
- Schedule a day every few months to take these items to you’re the hazardous waste special drop-off point at Newman Refuse Site
Save them up, and when you are ready, just drop them off! It’s about thinking ‘Drop when you shop’ and ‘return’ those used batteries, bags, globes, ink cartridges and phones when you are out buying new ones
Soft plastics and packaging
Soft or ‘scrunchable’ plastics cannot go in your recycling bin, but they can be easily recycled at a REDcycle collection bin found outside Woolworths in Newman. GREAT Sorts collect soft plastics at home and drop them into a REDcycle bin when doing their grocery shopping. This includes plastic bags, plastic food wrap, food packaging such as pasta, rice and cereal bags, and bubble wrap.
What can you put in the REDcycle bins?
Almost all empty and dry soft plastics can be placed in the specially marked REDcycle bins. REDcycle provides a full list on its website.
To get you started, these are just some of the things that you can put in a REDcycle bin:
What happens to the plastic after you put it in the collection bin?
All of the plastic is collected and sent to recycling partners, such as Replas, where it is transformed into a unique range of recycled-plastic products including furniture, bollards and signage.
Hazardous waste - the things you just can't bin
We all use hazardous chemicals and materials in our homes every day – batteries, paint, household chemicals, aerosol cans and gas canisters – usually without thinking twice! When these items (known as household hazardous waste or HHW) reach the end of their useful lives, we need to take special care to dispose of them properly. They are often flammable, toxic, explosive or corrosive and cannot be disposed of in household bins.
Many people find it helpful to collect these items in separate crates or boxes at home and drop them to a special drop-off point when out and about.
Batteries, paint, household chemicals, aerosol cans and gas cylinders can all be taken to the Newman Refuse Site.