Recycling is one of the easiest things you can do to help the environment. By making products from recycled materials instead of virgin materials we:
Recycling reduces the amount of raw materials such as oil and iron ore being extracted from the environment. Making products and packaging from recycled materials uses less of these raw materials, as well as natural resources like wood and fresh water.
The extraction, refinement and processing of raw materials generates air and water pollution. Recycling minimises these processes and therefore, pollution.
Recycling reduces energy expenditure that results from the extraction, refinement, transportation and processing of raw materials into products. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling decreases the amount of rubbish sent to landfill and reduces the need for new waste disposal facilities.
Encouraging innovation and creating jobs in the recycling industry, supports our communities and our country's economy.
Recycling as much of your household waste as possible will help save precious resources. Each year kerbside recycling in Victoria:
Putting the wrong items in the wrong bins can result in all sorts of problems once your recycling has been collected and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). You might be surprised by how much you can recycle, but a little contamination with the wrong items and the whole lot could end up in landfill. Make sure you know what you can recycle.
Rid your home of dangerous and toxic waste responsibly, with the free Detox your Home program.
Planet Ark's Recycling Near You site offers information about the recycling and waste services offered by your council as well as local drop-off options for items including computers, batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones.
RED Group has teamed up with Coles, Woolworths and some of Australia's most-loved brands to to run the REDcycle Program, making it easy for you to keep your plastic bags and soft plastic packaging out of landfill.
Household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights can be dropped off for free. Check with your local council for details.
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