The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup would like to assure its residents that despite much media coverage surrounding the effects of the China import ban, recyclables are still being exported for recycling, albeit at lower prices.
It is important that the community members continue placing correct items in correct bins. It is particularly important that only recyclable items are placed in the recycling bins. Placing incorrect items in the recycling bin is called ‘contamination’ and causes problems during sorting of recyclables, as well as affects the ability of the item to be processed into a new product. In some cases, just a few contaminated bins can ruin an entire truckload of recyclables.
Plastic bags remain the most common contaminant found in recycling. Please remember that plastic bags and soft plastics, like cling-wrap, cannot be placed in recycling bins. They should be reused, returned to a supermarket that provides a special plastic bag recycling station, or disposed of in your garbage bin.
In terms of processing, it is also important that you remove all the lids from jars and plastic bottles, and give the containers or bottles a quick rinse before placing them in the recycling bin.
For more information about which waste items belong to which bin, please visit www.donnybrook-balingup.wa.gov.au/our-services/waste-management