TERRACYCLE IN THE COMMUNITY
HEY LOVELY! As you know, I'm passionate about doing my part to protect our environment, especially the waterways. This simply involves tweaking what we buy and bring into our home, which then changes the type of rubbish that leaves our home.
Change for these issues always starts with the individual consumer and then, when we share what we know, it influences the communities around us.
A couple of weeks ago I reached out to my local community in response to a feature article the city published regarding waste management and recycling.
I believe the magazine can create more change by mentioning the other recycling programs that are available such as TerraCycle, RedCycle, Greenbatch (Perth based) to name a few and also remind people now that the container deposit scheme is coming in 2020. (YAY!)
I made a couple of other suggestions including that as a bonus, the city can support local businesses who were already doing their part as recycling collection points for some of these particular programs.
For example; my local optician is a collection point for all brands of contact lenses and blister packs. My honey, Paul uses daily contact lenses so I set up a small bin for him to drop his empty blister packs into and when the bin is full, it's taken down the road to the local collection point where it's emptied into the TerraCycle zero waste box.
When this box is full, it's sent back to TerraCycle, which once received, the contents are separated and cleaned. The metal layers of the blister packs are recycled separately, while the plastic blister packs are melted into plastic that can be remolded to make recycled products.
Plus, as thanks for diverting waste from landfills, a $1 donation will be made to Optometry Giving Sight for every kilogram of accepted waste sent through this programme. How cool is that?
Initially the editor of the magazine spoke about "baby steps" but as I pointed out, Australia is past the point of baby steps, especially when third world countries are overtaking us in a bid to keep their environments cleaner. They're thinking long term. They're educating long term.
Meanwhile, we are still educating people on how to use a recycling system that's been in Australia for over 20 years! I mean come on, where are we at when we are still telling people not to put used disposable nappies in their recycling bin?! 🤮
It's time to get behind the Recycle Right philosophy using the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and all you must do is care enough to participate.
What Can I Recycle With TerraCycle?
To divert waste away from landfill, Paul and I currently participate in a few of the TerraCycle Collection Programs including the Mailing Satchel Recycling Program.
You can find out if there are any programs your household can participate in here > Collection Programs.
If you don't see any local collection points available perhaps you can enlist your business to become a collection point or purchase your own box for personal use.
My personal favourite is the Recycling Beauty Box. I simply pop all my empties in the box and return it to TerraCycle when I'm done.
Instead of relying solely on recycling programs, we must make changes to reduce the amount of plastic waste we're creating.
Here are a couple of changes I've made which I mention in my post: ECO-BEAUTY IN AUSTRALIA
Question - What changes have you made in your home to reduce the amount of plastic you use and maybe I can add them to my swaps. Comment below or email me with your tips.