What’s up with our recycling?

3 December 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on What’s up with our recycling?|

A YEAR after China banned the import of 24 types of recyclables, you may be surprised to learn that Tasmania’s biggest recycling problem isn’t warehouses full of stockpiled recyclables, but household bin contamination.


The reality is recycling contamination is often by accident or done by people who are trying to do the right thing.

So, what does “contaminated” mean?

When a recycling bin is contaminated it means the following:

Items that should go in the general waste bin are accidently put in the recycling bin. Examples of this include greasy takeaway food containers like pizza or burger boxes, or plastic items made from PVC (eg. inflatable toys), garden hoses or styrofoam packaging.

Items that are recyclable, but not in our kerbside bin as the machines can’t sort them. Examples include clothing, batteries, soft plastics and wire. These items can be recycled at ‘drop-off’ locations around Glenorchy and elsewhere. Check out www.wastestartswithyou.com.au/waste-map for more information.

Recyclables are ‘bagged’ in rubbished bags.


Rubbish bags are a big problem in recycling bins, even if they have the right items in them.

They hit a snag in the recycling factory as the rubbish bag can’t be opened by the sorting machines, so are rejected and sent the landfill.

The solution is easy – if you use a bag for your inside recycling bin, tip it out into your wheelie bin and reuse the bag.

Below is a handy guide to what goes into your Glenorchy kerbside recycling bin.

If in doubt, phone Glenorchy City Council’s customer service team on 6216 6800.

Yes, please:

Glass (bottles and jars).

Paper (newspaper, magazines).

Cardboard (including milk cartons).

All plastic containers (types one to seven).

Metals (aluminium and steel cans).

Can’t go in kerbside recycling:

Batteries, all types.

Car parts, car batteries, tyres, oil.

Ceramics and chinaware (plates and cups).

Clothes, shoes and coat hangers.

Electrical, electronic and white goods.

Containers with lots of paint/glue/chemicals inside.

Christmas decorations, foil wrapping paper or tinsel.

Polystyrene packaging.

Plastic bags, clingwrap, rubber and PVC items.

Caption: Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, left, with waste education officer Danielle Hall.

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