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National Recycling Week 2018

From 12 to 18 November, visit a Cumberland Council information stall at your local shopping centre during National Recycling Week and learn ways to improve recycling at home.

Planet Ark's website for National Recycling Week 2018 will explore the impact of the War on Waste and China's waste policies on Australia, the opportunities and positive waste stories emerging and the tools making it easier for you to reboot recycling. 

Information Stalls

Join Council as we celebrate re-use and recycle as we move from the War on Waste to Recycling Reboot.

Visit a Cumberland Council information stall and learn ways to improve recycling at home:

Pick up a hessian shopping bag made from recycled coffee sacks as part of the “buy it back” initiative being run by Cumberland Council, or test your knowledge of recycling myths at one of our interactive stalls.

You can also find out more about the Council’s Mobile Community Recycling Service for problem waste items such as paint, gas bottles, electronic waste and batteries.

All waste has a place, and more can be recycled than you might think. However, if in doubt, leave it out of recycling bins.

If you are unable to get to one of the stalls, participate online by following us on Facebook, where we will be sharing handy #NationalRecyclingWeek tips and tricks every day.

Other Recycle Right Ideas

Buy it Back Day

Planet Ark's Buy It Back Day will be held on Saturday 17 November 2018 during National Recycling Week. It is a day for the community to celebrate National Recycling Week with mindful purchasing by:

  • Buying something secondhand OR 
  • Buying a product made from recycled materials.

While shopping, you can think of ways to buy it back. For further details visit Planet Ark recycled products directly webpage or search for a participating secondhand shop near you

Inspiring Stories from the Circular Economy

Cumberland Council is looking to keep valuable resources circulating in the local area. One of the ways we are doing this is by buying hessian coffee sacks from local coffee roasters and remaking these into recycled shopping bags, with the help of Australian Disability Services.

You can pick one of these bags up at the National Recycling Week stalls in shopping centres across Cumberland. See dates and locations above.


Recycle Right at Lunch

Recycling most food and drink containers saves water and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Check which containers can be collected in recycling bins and when you have lunch in the park bring your recycling back here.

Remember, keep polystyrene cups and containers out of the recycling.

How to Responsibly Donate Clothing and Textiles

Recycling clothing and textiles is a great way to declutter, but please never put these in your kerbside recycling bin. They will not be recycled this way. Unwanted textiles can be sold, given to a friend, or delivered to a charity in accordance with the charity drop off rules.

Swapping one suitcase (20kg) of clothes saves enough energy to run a TV non-stop for 1.7 years. Secondhand also saves money.

For a step by step guide on ‘How to Host a Swap Party’ and local second-hand stores visit RecyclingWeek or call the Recycling Hotline 1300 733 712.

More Information

For more ideas and information on re-use and recycling, visit the National Recycling Week website