Recycling confusion really is a thing.
While many of us think we are doing the right thing by separating cardboard from other waste, it turns out we may be doing more harm than good.
When it comes to recycling bins with yellow lids, people must be mindful of the types of plastics that can and can’t be thrown in, according to Daily Mail.
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Tissue boxes – The soft plastic on tissue boxes must be removed and thrown in a REDCycle bin, while the cardboard can be flattened and put in a yellow bin.
Coffee cups – Coffee cup lids will need to be washed and separated from their body before they’re tossed into a yellow bin, with the cup unable to be recycled because of its lining.
Wine bottles -You need to rinse and remove lids before ditching the bottles, but take note both compartments can be thrown in the yellow bin.
Plastic bottles – Caps should also be removed from plastic bottles before they hit the yellow bin, and the small ring around the bottleneck should be cut to avoid it endangering animal lives down the track.
Pizza boxes – People who usually toss pizza boxes straight into a yellow bin should re-evaluate their habits, with scraps not only making for a smelly bin but also contaminating entire loads of recycling.
Jayne Paramor from national environmental group, The Boomerang Alliance said, ‘What I usually do with my pizza boxes is rip off the part with leftover toppings still stuck to it, throw it in garbage bin and the other half in recycling,’ she told news.com.au.
My nine year old was only telling me about the coffee cups last night. I had no idea! He told me if it can hold water then it has a coating on it and should not be recycled. Same as party cups. Smart boy!
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