Recycling Tips

Recycling Tips

 

Did you know?

  1. 6.9 billion plastic bags are used in Australia every year
  2. Only 3% of plastic bags used in Australia are recycled!(information obtained from the Clean up Australia website)
  3. Plastic bags are easily recycled and most major plastic bag manufacturers have in-house plastic recycling facilities.

There are 2 types of plastic bags that are recyclable:

  • High Density Polyethelene (HDPE) bags. Examples of these are the thin “supermarket” style bags that most retailers use. A HDPE bag is identifiable due to its “crackly” properties. There are collection bays for recycling at most supermarkets.
  • Low Density Polyethelene (LDPE) bags. Examples of these are the “boutique” style bags that are generally used for luxury items by retailers. They are also used to package items such as mop heads, magazines and furniture. A LDPE bag is identifiable due to its “soft-feel” properties. Local councils need to be petitioned to provide more collection bays for this type of plastic.

 

Do's and Dont's of Recycling

  • Do remove items such as sales receipts, coupons, staples, coins and other objects that interfere with recycling.
  • Don’t include plastic snack packages, food wrap, or bags with drawstrings or plastic handles.
  • Do petition your local council to recycle plastic bags if they don’t already!!! The onus is on all of us to re-use this valuable resource.

The Recycling Process

  • Step 1: Consumers collect and build up a store of plastic bags first removing all items which interfere with the recycling process such as paper and register receipts.
  • Step 2: The plastic bags are collected by the recycler, sorted into the appropriate colour groups and stored in bales.
  • Step 3: The plastic is loaded onto the ramp, chopped, melted down and extruded back into pellets ready to be reused as recycled bags.