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Soft plastics like plastic bags and packaging are generally not accepted as part of the councils mixed recycling. However, Redcycle have a nationwide scheme in partnership with Coles & Woolies where you can drop off your soft plastics. To find out more about what can be recycled check out the Redcycle FAQs page.
Food waste shouldn’t go to landfill as it produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Instead, some councils collect this as part of their organic FOGO waste. If this isn’t available where you are, setting up a composting system is a great solution.
You’ll probably want to collect food scraps in a benchtop caddy like a Polder Benchtop Composter before transferring to your compost or FOGO.
Batteries, eWaste, fluorescent globes and chemicals are not recyclable in your mixed recycling and shouldn’t go to landfill. Check with your local council or https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/ for local drop-off points for these items.
It’s important to store these items safely until you’re able to drop them off.
You may have a return and earn scheme in your area that collects bottles and cans. Or maybe you collect stamps or bread tags or bottle tops for recycling initiatives in your area. And don’t forget that stash of items you no longer want waiting to be donated or sold.