Best practice recycling for a sustainable environment.

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You may not have noticed a WARR is going on. The WARR (Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery) on waste and one Australian Rubbish Removal Company hope to arm the average person with the necessary wits to increase their recycling rate.

Following extensive research, 1300RUBBISH is now proud to introduce “I RECYCLE”, a recycling education initiative that aims to reduce the amount of recyclable materials going to landfill by increasing the awareness and knowledge of recycling best practices.

1300RUBBISH is a waste logistics Company that collects and transports building and demolition materials plus bulky unwanted items such as fridges, lounges and other household or office furniture. By Jan 2007, 1300RUBBISH will have built a franchised national network covering Australia’s seven most populated cities.

1300RUBBISH makes a concerted effort to recycle as much rubbish as possible to help the environment but also to keep spiralling tipping costs down.

Their new initiative grew from the recognition that recycling requires change and an active effort and one key ingredient – knowledge of what can and can’t be recycled.

I RECYCLE’s first area of investigation is Kerbside Recycling in Sydney.

The overwhelming majority of Australians think recycling is very important but most don’t know what can be recycled. In 2005 a Roy Morgan Survey found that 48% of Australians were confused about what they could recycle. As a result, people are sending recyclable resources into bins destined for landfill and non-recyclable material such as drinking glasses and plastic bags are wrongly being put into recycling bins, causing the C word, contamination. The latest figures from Resource NSW show that 37% of Sydney household waste is recycled. If people improved their recycling knowledge and put these skills into practice this figure could go as high as 80% under the current Council Kerbside collection systems.

The good news is that progress has been made. In 1995 only 18% of household waste was recycled. For households, Kerbside collections are the front line so Councils deserve recognition for what they’ve achieved to date. However, the bad news is the World’s resources are precious and limited and recycling levels have plateaued in recent years so now it’s the time for the householder to assume greater responsibility for disposing of each piece of rubbish in the most sustainable way.

One of the contributors to householders inefficient recycling is the fact that every Council has their own unique set of waste and recycling guidelines. I RECYCLE’s utopian aim was to develop a one-page waste and recycling tip sheet to which every Sydneysider could refer. Their conclusion was that a one-page reference was not feasible due to the high number of Kerbside recycling differences so the Company settled on a one-page reference for each Council. The I RECYCLE tips for your Council can be found at

Next time you dispose of rubbish, ask yourself what can I RECYCLE?


I RECYCLE is proudly brought to you by 1300RUBBISH. Hands on Rubbish Removal.
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