How much do you know about recycling?
Up till recently we thought we knew enough, but we've been put in our place. So this week we wanted to check in and see if you needed a refresher too.
Over the holidays we had a really interesting chat with Aaron’s Dad, Greg. Greg has been in and around the waste industry for over 40 years, so he knows a thing or 2 (or 2000) about inner workings.
The conversation got onto recycling and Greg mentioned a few things that really opened our eyes. The biggest thing was we weren’t recycling some household things properly. And we should have known better.
Our local council is pretty proactive in advertising its Recycle Right program, but we never paid full attention. Straight to the naughty corner for us.
The answer is simple. It doesn’t get recycled. Instead, your recycling is considered to be “contaminated” and it goes to straight to landfill.
The big sting in the tail is that if too much contaminated recycling ends up in the collection truck, the entire truck’s contents – yes, every last little thing in it(!!!) – goes to landfill. So everyone who had done the right thing did it to no avail.
For example only certain glass can be recycled. Mirrors, ceramics, drinking glassware and pyrex can’t be recycled due to their different melting points. If a truck has over 3% of the wrong type of glass the whole truck full of potentially recyclable waste is lost to landfill.
Other big contamination baddies of recycling are nappies, plastic bags, soft plastic, polystyrene and food. All of these have the potential to make a truck load of recycling head to landfill instead of the recycling centre. Not cool.
If you would like to learn more about your local council’s guidelines just head to their website. Otherwise Planet ark has some good general rules here.
All of Happy Skincare packaging is 100% recyclable. But there are few little things you can do so that it gets recycled right.
Let’s all do our part, and make sure we recycle right. Mother Earth thanks you!