Lid lifted on recyclables

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Wild and Waste Free owner Johanna Eppler agreed cutting down on packaging waste contributes to better waste management.
Camera IconWild and Waste Free owner Johanna Eppler agreed cutting down on packaging waste contributes to better waste management. Credit: Kellie Balaam

Recycling better and minimising waste were key focuses around Narrogin during National Recycling Week last week.

Bulk-food store Wild and Waste Free, which opened in July, offers an alternative way to buy pantry items with minimal waste.

Owner Johanna Eppler said her store had a station for recyclable items that were not accepted in the Shire’s kerbside recycling bins.

“We accept coffee pods, old pens, bottle lids, bread bag tags and old toothbrushes,” she said.

Wild and Waste Free sends the collected items to recycling company TerraCycle, where they are melted down and made into new plastic to be used for playground and gym equipment.

Ms Eppler’s main recycling tip was to find out exactly what the Shire accepted.

“Every council is different,” she said. “If you’ve just moved to Narrogin or even if you’ve been here a long time, find out what goes in the bin and try to keep to that. The less contamination we have, the more can be recycled and doesn’t have to be taken to the rubbish tip instead.”

According to WA’s Waste Authority, National Recycling Week is an opportunity for people to check they are sorting and separating waste correctly.

The Waste Authority provides some simple guidelines that include placing items loose in the bin, emptying and rinsing items and removing plastic bottle lids.

Shire of Narrogin chief executive Dale Stewart said it was important for the community to recycle right.

“We each have a role to play in reducing WA's waste and, if everyone takes action at home and in our communities, big and small efforts will add up,” Mr Stewart said.

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