A NEW campaign will encourage people to recycle more, Get it Right on Bin Night.
The Sustainability Victoria statewide campaign was launched at the Smart Living Centre in Ballarat yesterday.
Sustainability Victoria chief executive officer Stan Krpan said it had been a while since a statewide campaign had rolled out reminding people of the importance of recycling.
He said 20 per cent of recyclables were still put in garbage bins.
“We want people to recycle from every room of the house – often people are good with recycling from the kitchen, but aren’t too sure when it comes to other rooms like the bathroom, laundry or bedroom.”
He said items often forgotten included aerosol cans, detergent containers and cleaning products.
Western Victoria MP Simon Ramsay launched the campaign, with councillors from the area attending as every council in the state has signed up to the campaign.
He said he goes around the house every Sunday night with his partner’s seven-year-old in their recycling process.
“We’ve made a game out of it – we go around the house with two bags and work out what we can recycle and then what to garbage,” he said.
“I’ve generally been pretty good with recycling – apart from plastic bags... I have some work to do myself.”
Mr Ramsay said these small behavioural changes made a difference to the amount of landfill produced, which was better for the environment.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said with research showing 450,000 wheelie bins of recyclable items are ending up in landfill each week, the take-home message from the campaign was that recycling shouldn’t just take place in the kitchen.
“CD cases, unwanted books, magazines, aerosol cans, medicine and shampoo bottles, and even laundry detergent bottles, can all be placed in normal recycling bins to be transformed into new products such as playground equipment, polar fleece clothing and even into making recycling bins.”