Recycling bins roll out next month

BRIGHTON Council is looking after the needs of its residents and the environment by rolling out new yellow and green 240-litre recycling bins on September 1.

The new bins will replace the crates householders currently use for recyclables such as old newspapers, magazines and cardboard, as well as empty milk cartons, bottles and cans.  The crates can hold only 60 litres of recyclables, which is one quarter of the capacity of the new bins, and residents have to carry them to the kerbside every week.The yellow and green bins will go out every second week when residents take their garbage bin to the kerbside so the gain to householders is that they will be able to double the amount of material they want to recycle.

“The rollout of these bins will dramatically alter the way residents will be able to effectively manage the disposal of many recyclables that accumulate in the home,”  Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said.

“The fortnightly garbage disposal system stays in place, but instead of putting out your crate containing recyclables every week, you will be wheeling out your new green and yellow recyclable bin every fortnight,” he said.

The bins are being introduced by Brighton Council without any cost to householders.

“We are committed to improving the environment and to enhancing the lifestyle of householders and importantly, at no extra cost to them,” Cr Foster said.

The new bins will encourage residents to more effectively dispose of what households no longer need:  cans, bottles, newspapers, plastic, magazines and cardboard and it will reduce the amount of material that is being dumped as landfill.

Currently, the recycling process is handled by Veolia at its Derwent Park outlet.

Some of the recycled material is processed locally such as glass bottles, which are crushed for roadworks.   Steel may go overseas for re-use in vehicle manufacture and aluminium cans have a ‘second life’ and may even be used to make CDs and DVDs. Old newspapers and magazines and cardboard can be recycled as newspapers and magazines and paper can be recycled as a paper product up to eight times.

Plastic food and drink containers can be re-used in pipe manufacturing  as well as furniture and clothing.

Every item that goes into the recycling bin must be clean otherwise it can contaminate the recycling process. The worst contaminants are dirty/unwashed containers and plastic bags.

Food containers should be empty and rinsed; paper and cardboard should also be clean, dry and not tied in bundles.  Used pizza boxes are among items that cannot be recycled.

There are two very different processes for handling cans.  Metal cans are captured by huge magnets.  Aluminium cans, however, are coralled by suction  and so these cans should not be crushed otherwise the suction process doesn’t work.

The new recycling bins go out with the garbage bins and they should be at least one metre apart and not hidden behind a vehicle.

The recycling collection dates will be circulated to residents shortly.