• OverturnTheTables

Happy National Recycling Week!

This week is #NationalRecyclingWeek and I don't know about you, but I find recycling very confusing. Anyone who has been to a workshop with me knows that for me, recycling is one of my last resorts. If I can refill, or reuse something I will do that first. Or if I can buy something 'nude' then I will. And of course, my compost is where my food scraps end up. For most people, recycling includes 4 things. Metal, glass, paper/cardboard, some hard plastics. I do recycling a bit differently. I reuse all of my glass. Mostly glass can break while being recycled and can contaminate the recycling. Some councils accept it, others don't. Some have a special recycling section that is separate and just for glass. Paper and cardboard I always recycle, but I get very frustrated with the wax covered or plastic-y papers that are ambiguous, so I try and stop them coming in the mail, and put them in landfill when I get them. All of the cans go to recycling. I avoid buying hard plastics as much as possible because if they end up in the ocean, the plastic kills animals.

Other things that I recycle include the containers for change. I take cork, tooth paste tubes and toothbrushes, cosmetic packaging, used pens and markers and old stockings to Biome for their terra-cycle bins. I take batteries to Aldi. I take e-waste to Harvey Norman. I take soft plastics to Woolworths and Coles.

But I must admit. All of this collection from my own items and my friends and families items, is sometimes very time consuming. What if we had a very sophisticated recycling system in our homes? What if there were 10 compartments in 1 bin instead of just 1? Would that help to solve our issues? It is an idea I've always wondered.

5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Teilhard and Nones

I'm reading an interesting book that was recommended to me by a friend. It is called 'Making all things new: catholicity, cosmology, consciousness.' In the book it talks a lot about Teilhard De Chardi

Going Vegan for Lent

With the minor exception of an emergency vegetarian pie dinner, one night out in Maryborough, some milk to save me one night from a very hot misplaced chilli and a scone at work the day lockdown was a