How many bins should you recycle in the right way?



Bins. They are one of the most useful things in our households, but they can make us crazy.

Most of us are still confused about what goes where and what is the right way to recycle.

But if you really want to do things well, you actually need a few trash cans than you think.

If you thought that a normal trash can, recycling and green waste bin was too much, you would not want to work at this Sydney office.

Marley Spoon is one of the few companies that do waste well, with six storage sites available to staff to ensure that they handle all their waste in the right way.

These are the dustbins at their headquarters in Alexandria, but they roll out these options in all their centers in Sydney and Melbourne.

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That means they have a normal trash can, mixed recycling of hard plastic and glass, soft plastics, paper and organic material.

Hard plastics include things such as milk cartons and soft drink bottles and soft plastics can come from clean chip wraps or cling film.

David Malcolm, co-founder of Marley Spoon – a delivery service for recipes and meals – said the company was passionate about helping Australians to reduce their waste.

"Part of our mission as a company is to reduce waste, so ensuring everyone on the team knows how to properly recycled is part of our training on everyone's first day," he said.

"Every day we help Australians reduce their food waste by delivering perfectly portioned ingredients for simple and delicious home cooking, and a relatively small amount of packaging we use is 100 percent recyclable.

"We also only work with Australian farmers, suppliers and supply partners who share our vision for a waste-free future."

New research has shown that Aussie families have thrown no less than 3.1 million tons of food this year, with bread and leafy vegetables being the biggest culprits.

But 51 percent of people indicated that they were motivated to reduce their food waste in 2019 in order to save money or because of their moral conscience.

FoodSaver ANZ brand manager Nicole Norton said it was often the forgotten leftovers and spoiled fresh products that contributed to the bulk of the food waste problem in Australia.

"Aussies have good intentions when it comes to consuming their food, but modern life is in the way," she said.

"They just do not succeed in consuming it on time or are not aware of smart ways to keep food longer."

Malcolm said that the other big problem that Aussies struggled with was soft plastics.

"They get entangled in sorting machines, which increases the cost of recycling the amount of waste that landfills become," he said.

"Soft plastics, such as bags, bags and freezer bags, have to be sold in REDcycle tanks in a large supermarket."

He said their company generated less than one percent of the waste at all its locations.

"But we always strive to reduce that and create positive change at every level of the company, starting with what we put in the trash."

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The Local Government New South Wales Save Our Recycling campaign has encouraged residents across the state to minimize their waste during the holidays amid the "deepening recycling crisis that surrounds NSW".

The national waste report issued by the Ministry of Environment and Energy in November provides a clear picture of the recycling crisis in NSW.

NSW is the worst perpetrator of all states and territories for the amount of nuclear waste – the category that includes waste from households, businesses and the construction and demolition industry – that go to the landfill.

In 2016/2017 NSW sent 7 million tons of nuclear waste to the landfill, an increase of 14 percent in a decade.

"Until recently, our recycling system was heavily dependent on the export of recycling to countries that invested in the facilities for reprocessing, such as China and Malaysia," said Linda Scott, president of LGNSW.

"These countries are now demolishing the amount of recycling they will accept, which means that we urgently need to come up with new solutions for waste management here in NSW."


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