In Australia I can recycle everything and here are some tough ones for me that may work for you, too.
The best tip for recycling is; buy or make things so you don’t have to recycle.
For example, buy food from places where you can put the food into your containers.
I don’t use them. But today over 3 million pods will be used - and every one of 365 days this year.
The annual total is this number – over one billion; 1,095,000,000.
Each of them used just – once.
They’re made of aluminium, sometimes called, ‘liquid electricity’. New South Wales’ Tomago aluminium smelter uses 10% of the state’s power. Plastic pods can’t be recycled in council recycling plants.
Almost all are wasted in household garbage and go to landfill. All can be recycled, but aren’t.
- Free post-back of Nespresso Capsules using postage-paid parcels that hold up to 130 capsules sold by Australia Post for $1.90 and put into Australia Post offices or boxes; see, http://www.terracycle.com.au/en-AU/
- Nespresso capsules can also be returned to Nespresso stores or some florists – http://www.nespresso.com/ecolaboration/au/en/recycling.html
- Plastic pods (eg Dolce Gusto) can be recycled, too, and the plastic reused.
Tins of paint (but not for cars, from aerosol cans, tar or bitumen products, glues).
- The paint industry got together and offers recycling at drop off points: www.paintback.com.au
Hard copy film has plastic and silver in it and the silver can be recovered and made into jewellery and other products.
- A recycling service is offered by Quantum - http://www.quantumtechnicalservices.com.au/x-ray-film-collection/
Soft plastics –cling wrap
They clog up recycling plants and can’t be recycled there.
Soft plastics include zip-lock bags, sweets packaging, bread wrapping, chip and biscuit wrapping.
- Drop off at REDcycle bins at Coles, Woolworths, Safeway. Locate a place near you here; http://redcycle.net.au/redcycle/locator
- About a dozen councils accept soft plastics; eg Fremantle Council in Western Australia, Lismore, Ballina in New South Wales
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