19 June 2020

Don’t send foil to the soil this Easter

| My Gungahlin
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Easter is a great time to remember that all that Easter egg foil can actually be recycled, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris said.

“Easter is a time when we get together with family and friends and maybe get stuck into an Easter egg or two. Often those Easter eggs are wrapped in foil, cardboard and plastic,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“The good news is foil, cardboard and plastic, if it’s firm and flexible, can all be recycled. So make sure you pop them straight into that yellow bin.

“Canberrans are known for being great recyclers, but our market research shows there is a lot of confusion about what can and can’t go in the recycling bin.

“That’s why we’ve been running an education campaign to help inform Canberrans about what can and can’t be recycled starring the very excitable Mr Ricky Starr.”

The latest Ricky Starr video currently running on social media reminds people that Easter egg foil can actually be recycled – something which some people may not realise.

The following items can all go straight into your recycling bin:

  • Foil wrapping – like the sort you get on Easter eggs
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Empty bottles with the lids taken off and cans
  • Plastic containers – no need to rinse, just “shake it or scrape it”

These items can’t go in the recycling bin:

  • Leftover or unwanted food
  • Polystyrene
  • Crockery or glassware
  • Plastic bags
  • Minister Fitzharris also reminded local residents to be aware that garbage and recycling collections scheduled for Good Friday (25 March 2016) will occur on Saturday 26 March 2016.

    “If your usual bin day is Friday, just note that your waste will be picked up on Saturday, so have your bins out by 7am on Saturday.”

    For more information on recycling, including an A to Z guide of what can and can’t go in the household yellow bin as well as a collection calendar, visit www.act.gov.au/recycling

    People can also download the mobile My-Waste app at www.my-waste.mobi/

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