Did you know?
- On average, Australians produce more than 2kg of waste per person every day - this is the second highest amount in the world behind the US!
- In Ku-ring-gai we collect about 20,000 tonnes of waste each year and 30,000 tonnes of recycling, but we can do better - about 1,600 tonnes of recyclables such as paper and steel cans still wind up in landfill
- Australia leads the world as the number one recycler of old newspapers, recycling over 70 per cent
- By recycling one aluminium can you're saving enough energy to run your TV for three hours
- Each cardboard milk carton can be recycled into five sheets of office paper
- It takes about one million years for a glass bottle to break down in landfill
- Producing new plastic from recycled materials only uses two-thirds of the energy required to make plastic from raw materials
- The most common form of hazardous waste generated by Aussies is in the form of batteries
Tips for reducing waste
- Only dispose of items that cannot be reused or recycled
- When shopping, choose items without packing or that come packaged in recyclable material
- Buy in bulk
- Use reusable shopping bags
- Start a compost bin or worm farm
Tips for recycling
- Remove tops and lids from bottles and jars
- Rinse out bottles, cans and jars
- Flatten boxes and plastic containers to save bin space
- Don't put items in plastic bags as they cannot be recycled
- Ensure you remove plastic wrap from junk mail and newspapers
- Avoid buying products in non-recyclable packaging
Visit the Planet Ark website for more recycling tips.