Refuse, Re-Use, Recycle

If you're looking for ideas on how you can help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, you're in the right place.

It's all part of re-imagining the way we think about and manage waste in our region. Some ideas are listed below, along with initiatives we currently have in place.

If you have more ideas, please share them by emailing us at Recycling@MidCoast.nsw.gov.au

  • Download our local "op shop brochure(PDF, 792KB)" and start your search for those pre-loved hidden treasures
  • Grab yourself a re-usable coffee cup, and then find your nearest responsible coffee shop - many offer a discount if you bring your own keep cup
  • Say "no" to plastic straws - there are plenty of fun, re-usable options available
  • Cash in on the NSW Government's "Return and Earn" scheme, by recycling your glass, plastic and aluminium containers
  • Place unwanted items up for sale, or give them away, using sites such as Gumtree, eBay or Buy Swap 'n Sell

Recycle Right 

While 73% of households are regularly recycling through their yellow-bins, make sure your efforts aren't wasted. Contamination occurs when the wrong things are inadvertently placed in our recycling bins, meaning your entire load can end up in landfill.

Avoid these common mistakes:
  • Don't bag or box recyclables before placing them in your recycling bin. Keep your items loose, as our machines can't open and empty the contents 
    of a box or a plastic bag.
  • Rigid plastics only. The problem with soft plastics is they're so light they can end up in the paperstream (where even the smallest amount of plastic means the whole load goes to landfill). Plastic bags, bread bags, cling film and other flimsy plastics go in your red bin.
  • Size matters! Nothing smaller than a credit card should go in with your recycling, even if it's made of recyclable materials. Small items like plastic lids, bread tags and straws can fall through gaps during processing and end up in the wrong place.
  • Empty liquid containers before recycling. While the bottle, can or rigid plastic container is recyclable, its liquid contents are not.
  • The same goes for food containers. Give them a rinse or scrape out any residue before recycling (and save your leftover pizza for tomorrow's lunch!).
  • No takeaway coffee cups! They're coated with a thin layer of plastic and/or waxy coating and cannot be recycled. Toss them in the red bin, or better still, invest in a reusable keep cup.

For easy reference, download the recycle right poster here(PDF, 5MB)

More recycling initiatives: