The South Australian government has launched a campaign urging residents to consider what they put in their household recycling and organics bins.
Environment Minister David Speirs said the Which Bin campaign was launched to raise awareness of kerbside recycling contamination and bin restrictions.
“South Australians are great recyclers and we have a proven history in waste management,” Mr Speirs said.
“However, we can all do much better when it comes to knowing what should, and should not go in the recycling and green organics bin.”
Mr Speirs said food and green organic waste represents roughly half the contents of the state’s general waste bins.
The campaign aims to divert this waste for landfill and drive traffic to the newly developed Which Bin website, according to Mr Speirs.
The Which Bin website provides residents with a definitive recycling guide irrespective of local council.
“Education is a vital tool in improving the way South Australians approach waste management, and we feel the new campaign will inform the community in an easy to understand way,” Mr Speirs said.
A suite of resources for local government has also been developed, including calendars, bin stickers, signage, posters and customisable social media assets.
“The more we can divert from landfill to recycling and composting the better, for both the environment and reducing costs for local councils while creating jobs,” Mr Speirs said.
“We can support the local recycling industry by ensuring the correct recyclable items are placed in the correct bin and that these are clean and contaminant free.”
Which Bin is funded through the state government’s $12.4 million support package for the recycling industry.