Recycle Right campaign launches in the Canberra region

Released 11/07/2019

Canberrans are being encouraged to make new recycling habits after Minister for City Services Chris Steel launched the new Recycle Right campaign at the recycling discovery hub at Hume today.

"The Recycle Right campaign is designed to help reduce contamination and ensure that material can be easily recycled back into other products," Minister Steel said.

Minister Steel said that as a result the national waste crisis, the Recycle Right campaign is important to help simplify recycling messages, highlight recent changes to how we recycle and support Canberrans to reduce contamination in their recycling bins.

"While Canberran's are enthusiastic about recycling, contamination is an ongoing issue at our Materials Recovery Facility in Hume, which sorts materials from the recycling bins of the whole region," said Minister Steel.

"In order to ensure the material in our yellow bins continues to be recycled, we are asking that people keep it simple, safe and clean. It's important our recyclables are clean and free of contamination, so we can send them off for remanufacturing into high quality recycled products."

The Recycle Right campaign outlines six messages when using the yellow recycling bin:

  • Keep it simple: Only recycle paper and cardboard, steel and aluminium cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers.
  • Keep out soft plastics: This includes all plastic bags, even if they have a recycling symbol, are degradable or compostable, and other soft plastics including cling wrap, chip packets and bread bags.
  • Keep out small items: Any items smaller than a credit card. All plastic lids need to be removed from bottles and those smaller than a credit card put in your landfill bin.
  • Keep it Safe: Keep out strapping, hose, netting, wires, building materials and other hazardous materials.
  • Keep it Clean: Wipe or rinse any excess food and drink from all bottles, containers and tins before placing them in your recycling bin. Keep out food scraps, nappies and soiled paper.
  • Keep it Loose: Put each item into your yellow recycling bin separately, don't bag, box or contain your recyclable items.

The Recycle Right campaign was originally developed for regional councils in Northern New South Wales and funded by the NSW Environmental Protection Agency - Waste Less Recycle More grant.

It has now been adapted and rolled out by the ACT and surrounding local councils and is part of a Canberra Region Joint Organisation initiative to improve recycling outcomes in the region.

"The governments of the Canberra Region are committed to responsible management of our waste resources. By working together we are sending one clear set of messages to the entire region to recycle right," Minister Steel said.

Residents can also use the online Recyclopaedia, which is a fantastic tool to find out how to responsibly dispose of over 250 everyday items. It provides a quick guide on what to put in each bin and outlines alternative suggestions for minimising waste and reuse.

For more information on the campaign and how to recycle right visit

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