The Dirty Dozen - 12 recycling rules

WasteNet Southland and Southland disAbility Enteprises are celebrating Southland Recycle Week 2016 by launching the Dirty Dozen - 12 rules for yellow bins campaign.

Nappies, food waste, rubber bike tubes, umbrella’s, roofing iron, wood, metal tools, animal carcasses, gas bottles, ammunition, clothing and garden waste are just some of the unexpected and unwanted products coming across the sort line at Southland disAbility Enterprises recycling facility. 

“It is disappointing that five years after the yellow recycling bins where introduced into Southland, residents are still getting it wrong and placing staff at Southland disAbility Enterprises at risk” said Malcolm Loan, Drainage and Solid Waste Manager, Invercargill City Council.

“It is hoped that by introducing these 12 rules, participants will be more aware of the do’s and don’ts of recycling” said Mr Loan.

“The majority of people are recycling right, however there are some common uncertainties and recycling myths that we need to iron out” said Donna Peterson, Senior Waste Officer, WasteNet Southland. 

“It is very common for people to bundle or tie up their recycling in plastic bags, however this is not the behaviour we want” said Ms Peterson.   Rule 12 highlights the behaviour we do want - keep it loose, by placing recyclables into the yellow bin loose, not stacked inside one another, in a box or in plastic bags (this excludes shredded paper).  

Team members from Southland disAbility Enterprises have come on board to help promote the Dirty Dozen, by being the models for each of the 12-rules.   It is hoped that by presenting the Rules in a fun and quirky way it will help deliver the message to the Southland community.

Champion for Rule 11: No Window Panes, Kirsty said “recycling is great because everyone can do their little bit for the environment”, she also stated that people need to be careful what they put in their yellow bins, and think of the people on the other end who sort it all out.