Golden Plains inspectors will begin sniffing around Bannockburn recycling bins from today as they attempt to sus out whether locals are using them correctly.
The move is part of a trial program by the Golden Plains shire that will monitor bins and educate residents of what can – and more importantly, cannot – be placed in their yellow wheelie bins.
The Shire says the plan is to reduce cross-contamination that makes the recycling process slower and more difficult.
Council monitors will observe bins as they are emptied, however locals will receive notification via their mail boxes when inspections are planned in their area.
Bins that contain non-recyclable materials will be stickered with information about what items are acceptable for recycling.
Items incorrectly placed in yellow bins can also pose a health hazard for recycling workers, who must remove them by hand.
The most common contaminants found in recycling bins include:
- Food containers covered in grease or food particles, such as pizza boxes and burger wrappers
- Disposable nappies
- Soft plastics such as potato chip bags and lolly wrappers
- E-waste such as old mobile phones, computers and monitors or ink cartridges
- Used tissues and paper towels
- Food waste
- Garden waste
- Plastic shopping bags
Note: recycling bins in the Shire of Golden Plains and the City of Greater Geelong have yellow lids; City of Wyndham recycling bins currently have blue lids.
Golden Plains residents seeking information on what can and cannot go in their recycling bins can find a comprehensive list at thinkrecycle.com.au/a-to-z-guide/.