Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Keep Australia Beautiful Week encourages Aussies to take the pledge, to pick up 1 piece of rubbish per day for the week. Let’s work together to tackle litter. Roadside litter is the leading type of litter found in Australia and hugely detrimental to our environment.

Cutting litter requires everybody to be involved; your local authority, waste contractors, shops, pubs, businesses, community members and travellers, all have a role to play.

That’s why Keep Australia Beautiful is working with various community and travel groups around Australia engaging individuals with their community as well as communities they are travelling through. We all need to work together to tackle litter.

Find out what you can do on the Keep Australia Beautiful website.

Where do my rubbish and recycling go?

Waste management and recycling don’t end with the bin…they begin!

Big picture - news photo 1Putting recyclable materials, like bottles or cans, and rubbish in the appropriate bins are just the first step in the safe management of our waste. Some recyclable items will even be converted into new products and materials like newspapers, drinking bottles, or even planes and cars!

The recycling journey begins with items being collected and then brought to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). There, they are first sorted by hand and then by machines to be baled and processed. This is why it’s important to avoid putting dangerous or inappropriate materials in the recycling bin. Even a single soft plastic bag can block the whole recycling process!

Big picture - news photo 3Waste too has an interesting journey. Landfills are now created with sustainability in mind, meaning they’re designed to control odours and vermin and to avoid water and soil contamination.

The Cradle Coast and Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Groups support facilities that sort, bundle and transport recyclables to processors. They also support landfill and transfer stations that safely dispose of thousands of tonnes of waste. By doing this, they help keep our community and environment healthy.

You can help by being a good sort and taking waste management seriously. Whether it’s at home, at work, at school or anywhere else, make sure that you toss items in the right bins.

To learn more about the waste managing process:

Fact Sheet: Landfill

Fact Sheet: Recycling – Where Does It Go?

Business Tips For Better Waste Management

Or visit our Resources and Links section

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recycling in order to decrease the amount of waste that ends up as landfill.
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