The 10 most common recycling mistakes made in Victoria, and tips to avoid them
Recycling effectively can help divert millions of tonnes of waste from ending up in landfill, make sure you’re not one of the many people making these common recycling mistakes.
The latest data from Sustainability Victoria shows that Victorian households created 2.37 million tonnes of waste during 2019-2020.
That might seem like a lot of landfill, however almost a quarter of all of that waste – 0.58 million tonnes to be precise – was made up of recyclables to be processed into new products.
The good news is that since 2001, Victorians have steadily increased the amount of waste being collected for recycling by 59 per cent, while the amount of general waste being sent to landfill has only increased 10 per cent.
But when it comes to recycling, there are a few things households need to keep in mind to ensure their paper, aluminium, glass and recyclable plastic waste is finding a new life and not unintentionally ending up in landfill.
Contaminated recycling made up 13.3 per cent of the total amount of recycling collected during the 2019-2020 time period, which actually increased by nearly three per cent on the previous year.
Here are some of the most common recycling mistakes and tips on how to avoid them.