By transforming waste materials into useable resources, recycling reduces landfill and conserves resources, provides a way to manage solid waste while reducing pollution, conserving energy, creating jobs and building more competitive manufacturing industries.
To start recycling you should first call your local council to find out what recycling facilities are available in your area.
The usual items include all glass jars and bottles, aluminium and steel cans, PET plastic soft drink bottles and HDPE plastic milk and detergent bottles. It may also be possible to include paper, light cardboard, newspapers and 'junk' mail, milk and fruit juice cartons.
Many councils offer Kerbside collection of recyclables which involves placing your recyclables out on the footpath for collection on a set day like a normal garbage collection. Your council will provide you with a bin or recycling container.
Community drop-off centres
Community drop-off centres require a bit more effort. You will need to store your recyclables at home or work and then take them to the drop-off centre. Remember to take your boxes and bags back with you from the drop-off centre to prevent litter, and do not mix any non-recyclables with the recyclables.