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Currently, 17% of Victorians put their recycling in plastic bags, making it a major contaminant in household recycling bins.
Contamination occurs when items that can’t be recycled are placed in the recycling bin. These non-recyclable items, also called contaminants, can prevent recycling from being processed and turned into new products.
Recycling in plastic bags cannot be sorted at Material Recovery Facilities because they can:
Once full, tip the contents into your household recycling bin so that all items go in separately.
Each council recycles differently, so it is important to know what your council can accept. The easiest way to find this out is to check your council's waste and recycling advice.
Many items can still be recycled even if they don’t belong in your recycling bin at home.Find out where you can dispose of household waste for items that can’t go in your recycling or rubbish bin by using Planet Ark's Recycling Near You tool.
toxic items, such as chemicals, should never be put in your rubbish
bins or poured down the drain. Find out how to Dispose of toxic household items (Detox Your Home).
Across Australia and around the world, governments are grappling with how to waste less and recycle more. It's a big, complicated problem and there's no easy, quick fix.
In 2020, the Victorian Government released Recycling Victoria: a new economy, a plan to invest $380 million to fundamentally transform our recycling sector to build a circular economy. This campaign is part of the Recycling Victoria program to reduce waste and make more productive use of our resources.