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Recycling

Victorians are already great recyclers, but we can always do better.

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Recycling is one of the easiest things you can do to help the environment. By making products from recycled materials instead of new materials we:

  • reduce landfill
  • save energy
  • conserve natural resources
  • minimise the amount of greenhouse gases created in the production of new materials.

Reduce and reuse

Recycling is crucial, but the most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place.

It takes a lot of materials and energy to make a new product, including raw, finite natural resources.

Reduce your waste and live sustainably by:

  • buying used goods
  • looking for products that use less packaging
  • buying reusable over disposable items
  • maintaining and repairing products instead of throwing them out
  • borrowing, renting or sharing items that are used infrequently.

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Why recycle?

Recycling as much of your household waste as possible will help save precious resources.

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How recycling works

The recycling process begins when you place items in the correct recycling bins.

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Recycling bins

There are four main recycling categories and it's important we put things in the right bins.

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What you can (and can't) recycle

To help us become more sustainable, it's important to understand what can and can't be recycled.

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