GREAT Sorts know that RECYCLING is simple. It’s about putting all these 5 items into the recycling bin at home; that’s paper, cardboard and cans as well as plastic and glass (containers, bottles and jars). Nothing else, all these 5 and only these 5.
Recycle all these 5
What items can go in the recycling bin? WasteSorted households keep it simple by remembering to recycle just these 5:
The best recyclers sort it out in the kitchen by having a recycling tub next to the kitchen bin. In the kitchen it’s easy to separate, rinse and recycle.
Good news! Bin tagging is coming to Newman
The Shire is working with the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) to roll out a ‘bin auditing’ program in Newman from April – June 2021. The program involves a simple visual assessment of the contents of each household’s recycling bin, followed by the provision of individual feedback about how each household can recycle more and waste less. The feedback will be provided in the form of 'happy' and 'sad' tags attached to the bins’ handles.
Find out more about bin tagging here
What happens to recycled items?
Once contaminations rates are low enough for recycling to be processed, recycled items become valuable materials that can be used to produce new products. Cans become cars, glass becomes roadbase, bottles become insulation or beanies, and so on!
Many materials can be recycled back to their original purpose, such as plastic bottles and paper products – closing the loop of the product’s life cycle. Others are transformed into completely new products such as furniture, car bumpers and shelving. Some materials, such as steel and aluminium cans, have no limit to the number of times they can be recycled back into new products.
Recycling significantly reduces the amount of materials sent to landfill.
GREAT Sorts help the sorting
Newman’s recyclables will be transported to a facility that uses a combination of magnets, blowers, tumblers and grids to separate the types of recycling. GREAT Sorts help this process by recycling just the 5 and placing items in the recycling bin:
- Rinsed and free from food residue
- Lids off
- Loose, never in bags
If in doubt about recycling, remember ‘just the 5’ or check out the detailed information at Recycle Right.
A new option is to return an empty eligible beverage container to a refund point to receive a 10 cent refund. Find out more about the Container Deposit Scheme and the Shire’s Refund Point in Newman.
Find a better place for clothes, batteries and other items
Virtually everything has a better place to go – we just need to be GREAT Sorts and treat landfill as the last resort. Clothes, toys, batteries, plastic bags and bulbs all have other places to go. Learn more about correct disposal here: Take to drop-off.
Soft or ‘scrunchable’ plastics cannot go in your recycling bin, but they can easily be recycled at a REDcycle collection bin found outside Woolworths in Newman. GREAT Sorts collect soft plastics 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.