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’Tis the season to recycle – tips for a waste wise Christmas

Published on 18 December 2017
  • Waste and recycling

You don’t have to be a Grinch to be green this Christmas, with Council encouraging residents to be more mindful about how they recycle once the festivities are over.

Deputy Mayor and Council’s representative on the Metropolitan Local Governments’ Waste Forum, Cr Mike Symon said that sorting and recycling could prevent tonnes of recyclable material being sent to landfill unnecessarily.

“Christmas is an enjoyable and sociable time of year, and we all enjoy unwrapping presents, but it is also a time when a lot of waste ends up in landfill that could so easily be recycled, such as wrapping paper, packaging, boxes, disposable plates and more,” Cr Symon said.

“Maroondah households can produce up to three times as much garbage during Christmas as they would in a normal week. This increase can often resort to people filling up their recycling bins with general waste as their waste bins fill up, and vice-versa,” he said.

Cr Symon said it was essential that residents only placed appropriate items in their recycling bin.

“Non-recyclable material, especially plastic bags, can block machinery and contaminate recyclable material. Old gas bottles and bags of garbage pose a hazard for those processing the material,” he said.

“So, once it’s time to start the post-festive clean-out, please make an effort to sort and then recycle all appropriate material. It really doesn’t take much time at all.

Please DO NOT place the following items in your Council recycling bin:

  • Plastic bags
  • Batteries
  • Paper towel and tissues
  • Nappies
  • Light bulbs
  • Ceramics
  • Pyrex glass
  • Window glass

Beyond the wrapping and packaging, there are other opportunities to reduce waste, including cutting up any live Christmas trees at the end of the season and placing it in the green waste bin.

Meanwhile, food scraps are best disposed of in a compost bin. If there’s waste food to go into the regular bin, residents are urged to freeze any seafood or food with strong odours until bin collection day.

“If you’ve been thinking about starting a compost, now’s the best time. Maroondah residents receive 60 per cent off the retail price of a compost bin, worm farm (plus worms) or bokashi bin. Composting can reduce your waste and carbon footprint, and creates a rich soil fertiliser for your garden. Worm farms might also make an excellent gift for anyone who is proving a challenge to buy for,” Cr Symon added.

“If you’ve already gone overboard with pre-Christmas shopping and bought more than you probably need, why not consider donating to those less fortunate. There are any number of emergency relief agencies operating in Maroondah that accept goods and food donations, including Community Pantry at Glen Park, Hope City Mission in Croydon and Maroondah Community Assist, among others.”

Top recycling tips for the festive season:

  • Sort your waste and only place recyclable items into the recycling bin.
  • Never dispose of plastic bags in your recycling bin as they can jam machinery used in the recycling process.
  • Remove food scraps and/or give containers a light wash before placing in your recycling bin.
  • Keep squashing down the waste as you go to make more room in your bin.
  • Recycle your food scraps into a compost bin or worm farm.

For more information and tips on recycling right, visit the Recycling Near You website or Get It Right Bin Night website

For information on local recycling and waste centres, visit our Recycling and Waste Centres page.

To join the Compost Revolution and receive 60% off the retail price of a compost bin, worm farm or bokashi bin, plus free delivery from Maroondah Council, visit the Compost Revolution website or call 1300 88 22 33 or 9298 4598.

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