Bin Inspection Program
Peninsula residents are keen recyclers. Most residents want to do the right thing and recycle right. To help residents, the Shire will be inspecting recycling bins and leaving behind a bin tag on the bin handle. If you receive a blue tag, you are recycling correctly. If you receive a red tag, contaminants were found in the recycling bin.
Find out more about household recycling, or visit our Disposal Guide to find out what can be recycled FREE of charge at our Resource Recovery Centres.
Why are we doing this?
- Bin inspections is a part of the Shire’s waste education program to reduce contamination and increase rates of recycling. Bin tags will provide direct feedback to encourage households to keep recycling right and help households identify what can and can't go into the household recycling bin.
- China’s restrictions on the quality of recycling and changes to the recycling industry mean that it is more important than ever that we only put recyclable items in the recycling bin.
- Just one misused recycling bin can contaminate the whole recycling truck, resulting it being sent to landfill rather than recycled.
- Contaminated recycling now costs the Shire. The Shire now must pay the additional cost to dispose of contaminated recycling.
- It is still important that we continue to recycle. Recycling reduces the demand for new resources, reduces energy and water used to make products and minimises the waste sent to landfill.
I received a red tag, will my bin still be collected?
- Yes, in most cases. The Shire has instructed our Waste Collection service provider to collect the bins as normal and ignore the red tags.
- In some cases, there may be a problem with collecting your rubbish (eg bin too heavy, no clear access, significant contamination), and in these circumstances a notice will be left identifying the problem and action required. This is normal practice and is not related to the bin inspections.
Can the bin tags be recycled? How do we dispose of the bin tags?
Yes, the tags are recyclable through specialised soft plastic collection bins at major supermarkets.
The bin tags have been printed on plastic, since they will be placed outside and exposed to weather.
However, the tags also provide a handy checklist of what items can be recycled, so residents are welcome to keep this tag in the kitchen or on the bin handle for future reference.
What about my private information disposed in the bin?
Private data is not collected as part of the inspections. Bins will be inspected for contamination ONLY.