Research Reveals The Most Common Recycling Mistake Aussies Make

A recent research, commissioned by Planet Ark for National Recycling Week, sheds light on the recycling habits of Aussie, to the benefit of the country and companies that handle skip bin hire in Northern Beaches and others in the waste industry.

According to the research, more than 90% of Aussies believe that recycling is the right thing to do, while 59% of them put a lot of trust in kerbside recycling. Kerbside recycling has been around in the AU for about 3 decades, starting off in Sydney, with paper, glass and aluminium.

But the research noted that Aussies are still making small waste disposal mistakes, that clog up recycling machines, degrade recycled materials, increase the waste going to landfill, as well as increasing recycling costs. The most common recycling mistake, the research says, is something simple; throwing soft plastics, like bread bas, into their kerbside recycling bins, to the chagrin of companies in the waste industry, like those that handle skip bin hire in Northern Beaches, among others.

The research asked more than 180 councils across Australia, and discovered the top recycling mistakes. While throwing soft plastics into the recycling bins were the most common, putting recyclables in bags, which have to be picked out manually and sent to the landfill, as well as throwing food scraps and organics in the kerbside recycling bin, which results in mushy paper and clogged up machinery, are also fairly common mistakes.

The report, titled From Waste War to Recycling Reboot, almost all of the councils they listed sthat reducing contamination, as well as informing residents and reducing their confusion as priorities.

Planet Ark Deputy CEO Rebecca Gilling stated that it was worth noting that, while 71% of people were confident  in their knowledge about what can and can’t be recycled, but there were still high levels of contamination. She says that there’s an interesting relationship between those two figures.

The research, however, also noted that about 61% of Aussies still want to learn more about what can and cannot be recycled. According to Planet Ark, the Australasian Recycling Label provided easy to understand recycling information for each piece of packaging.

It also noted that ABC TV’s War on Waste series had a highly positive impact on waste and recycling in the country. Major companies like Woolworths and Coles have already taken steps to make it easier for recycling, banning single-use plastic bags, among other methods  aimed at improving recycling in the AU.

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