We know recycling can be confusing, since the introduction of the yellow lidded recycling bin, we have been helping Territorians to recycle the right way.
Recycling Awareness Month and ‘Waste Wise Wednesday’ is City of Darwin’s new campaign to educate and empower people to do the right thing when they’re at the bin.
What is Waste Wise Wednesday?
Waste Wise Wednesday provides weekly information that Territorians can use to help them recycle the right way. The program aims to build a community of #RecyclingHeroes who will share their stories and champion the benefits of recycling to create a more sustainable future for our city and beyond.
Recycling Heroes who share imagery via social media, and live in the Darwin municipality, are eligible to receive an eco-friendly gift while stock lasts.
Who can be a recycling hero?
A recycling hero is a person who actively participates in and promotes recycling practices to help reduce waste and protect the environment. Recycling heroes take action to reduce waste by sorting, rinsing and properly disposing of recyclable materials, such as plastics, paper, glass, and metals, rather than throwing them in the trash. They also encourage others to adopt eco-friendly habits and make environmentally responsible choices.
Here are some tips to help you become a recycling hero:
- Know what can be recycled: Glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans and aerosols, cardboard, magazines, paper and cartons, and all plastic containers (free from food waste).
- Make it easy: Reduce the size of your general waste bin in the kitchen and place a dedicated recycling bin or tub nearby to capture recyclables while preparing dinner.
- Rinse and dry your recyclables: Before recycling, make sure your items are clean and dry. Food and liquid residues can contaminate entire truck loads.
- Use recycling bins: Use designated recycling bins for your recyclables, and make sure you're putting them out on the right bin collection day.
- Spread the word: Talk to your colleagues, family, and friends about the importance of recycling. Encourage them to recycle and to spread the word to others.
- In your business or place of work: Be paper conscious, ask yourself if you really need a printed copy; donate unused furniture or electronics to the Shoal Bay Trash and Treasure Shop; and encourage good recycling habits in staff by clearly marking recycling bins in shared spaces.
Here are some ideas to get you started sharing the benefits of your recycling journey through imagery:
- Before and after photos of your recycling or compost set up at home or in the office.
- Share images of your creative flair in using recycled materials in a different way.
- Share nifty ways you see people re-purposing goods.
- Visit your local container deposit collection site and show us how you get on.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with this March, if you have any other ideas be sure to let us know. Remember to tag City of Darwin to be eligible for your eco-friendly gift as a thank-you for sharing your stories (gift details coming soon - stay tuned!).
The Fine Print
- Eligibility: The photo sharing Recycling Heroes campaign is open to residents located in the Darwin City Council municipality.
- How to Enter: To enter, you must follow the guidelines, which will be outlined in the social media campaign promoting Recycling Awareness Month.
- Conditions: Each post eligible for a person to receive an eco-friendly gift must tag the relevant City of Darwin social media account. A Territory Drivers License or other local ID to be shown for collection. One gift per/person.
Social Media Links
Recycling Information from the City of Darwin.
Waste and Recycling Services with the City of Darwin.