Why Rinsing Your Recycling Matters 🔄

Clean your Containers (please)

Recycling – it’s something most of us strive to do to reduce our environmental footprint. But here’s a little secret: there’s more to recycling than simply tossing items into the yellow bin. One often overlooked step that can make a significant difference is rinsing your containers before recycling them.

1.  A Cleaner, Greener Way: 

One compelling reason to rinse your containers is to maintain cleanliness. Think about it: who wants pests like rats and mice drawn to your recycling bin? Yikes! Rinsing your containers helps keep unwanted visitors at bay, ensuring your recycling area  – and ours – remains pest-free. 🐀

2. Human Touch Matters: 

Recycling in the Riverina is hand-sorted by dedicated recycling teams. Imagine the not-so-pleasant experience of handling dirty and smelly containers all day (especially in Summer!) By rinsing your items, you’re showing consideration for the hardworking locals who help make recycling possible. 🧤

3. Preserving Recycling Integrity: 

Here’s the big one – contamination. When containers aren’t rinsed, they can become contaminated with food remnants, liquids, or other residue. This contamination makes it challenging to recycle the materials effectively. In fact, unclean containers may end up in landfill rather than being given a new life. 🗑️

But here’s the good news: rinsing your containers doesn’t require much effort. It’s as easy as adding them to your daily dishwashing routine. This way, your containers can be cleaned without using any extra water, making it a win-win for you and the environment.

So, the next time you finish that yoghurt cup or milk bottle, give it a quick rinse to ensure it’s ready for its recycling journey. A little effort on your part can go a long way in helping us all reduce waste and protect our planet. 🌏

Remember, it’s as simple as rinse, recycle, and repeat!


Ronnie Salan sorting recycling on the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).